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Spotlight, Robin Goodfellow and the Star enjoy early Christmas


After a lean year, the Racing Post’s Spotlight service claimed top position in November’s naps challenge. A yield of 13.8 pts secured the crown with Robin Goodfellow finishing second with a return of 10.4 points. Newsboy (4.1 points) a...

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Wright and Harvester weather the storm


Like the weather, there was an unsettled feel to October’s naps challenge. Rob Wright of the Times eventually came out on top with a 3.3 point-yield with Farringdon second with 0.5 points, but during the month no fewer than six pundits led t...

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Robin Goodfellow storms to September glory


By the middle of the month, September’s naps challenge looked wide-open, with four points separating half a dozen pundits. But one name dominated the second half: Robin Goodfellow. With five winning naps from eight (16-23 September), the Mai...

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Hedley tops table after bold August show


The Irish Post’s Karl Hedley was August’s napping king. After a month of plunder, Hedley finished well ahead of the field. His 19-point yield – the second best of 2023 – was more than nine points better than Marlborough, wh...

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Harvester's month to savour


Sometimes it is the quiet ones you need to watch. Take Harvester, for instance. Only once during July did the Irish Times’ pundit top the daily all-tips listing, but thanks to a steadily accumulative approach, the month ended with a staggeri...

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Ascot glory for Farringdon


Farringdon followed May’s top position in the Napchecker naps table with a quick repeat, becoming the first service to win back-to-back monthly titles since Postdata completed the double in the opening months of 2022. Karl Hedley, who topped...

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Disciplined approach steers Farringdon to May honours


Farringdon topped the May Napchecker naps table with nine winners contributing to the best return of the year thus far - a handsome 19.6 points. The Morning Star’s pundit finished ahead of the Guardian with Postdata third. May profits also w...

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Bernardo guides Hedley to April top spot


Despite recording a fractional loss last month, the Racing Post’s Ratings service has moved further ahead in the 2023 naps race. Ratings’ lead increased from less than half a point to more than 15 as second placed Garry Owen suffered a...

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Garry Owen, Farringdon and Ratings score big March profits


Garry Owen, Farringdon and Spotlight show the way with big March returns The productive start to the year continued in March with six tipsters posting naps profits. This takes the overall tally of profitable monthly returns to 16 so far in 2023...

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Wright times it to perfection


There was a dramatic conclusion to the February Napchecker naps challenge, with Rob Wright of the Times stealing the honours from under the nose of pacesetter Robin Goodfellow with a 5/1 last day success. Garry Owen, the 2022 champion, took third ...

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Red-hot Postdata score rare double


The Racing Post’s Postdata service dominated event in January topping both the All-tips and the naps tables. A return of 38.6 points on all-tips was earned from 799 individual selections (strike-rate was 28%), while an 11.8-point yield on n...

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Non-runner secures 2022 naps challenge for Garry Owen


Garry Owen finished 2022 at the top of the Napchecker naps table. In what was a difficult year, the Daily Record’s tipping ace was the only pundit to register a profit. A 0.6-point yield, modest though it was, was enough to claim title. West...

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Postdata claim back-to-back monthly crowns


November’s naps race was a keenly fought affair, with several services taking a turn at the top. But, when it really mattered, after the last race had been run on 30 November, it was the Racing Post’s Postdata who held the number one p...

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The Racing Post’s Postdata topped October’s naps table with a handsome 20.4-point profit, overhauling The Duke (Yorkshire Post), who led for much of the month, before fading late on. Fortunatus and Marlborough finished third and fourth...

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Garry Owen extends lead in Napchecker Challenge


September’s naps table was headed by Robin Goodfellow, who narrowly denied Fortunatus after a grand tussle with fortunes changing almost on a daily basis. The margin of victory was just 0.6 points with Robin Goodfellow ending the month with ...

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Garry Owen dominates August's naps race


The Daily Record’s Garry Owen was the runaway winner of August’s Napchecker naps race. With eleven winners during the course of the month, Garry Owen posted a rock-solid 27.9-point profit. In second spot, with a 4.3-point yield, came G...

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Newsboy's perfect six at Nottingham


Just as was the case in June, profits were had to come by in July; Newsboy’s yield of just 3.2 points was enough to secure top position in the naps table. Apart from Newsboy, only Glendale (1.9 points) and Scout (0.4 points) posted profits, ...

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Winning 33/1 nap for Farringdon secures June crown


After May’s feast, June offered much leaner fare with only two services posting profits in Napchecker nap’s table. The Morning Star’s Farringdon topped the list with a 15.8-point profit with Marlborough second on 3.7 points. Glen...

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Back-to-back winners seal May glory for Garry Owen


Garry Owen was the impressive winner of the May Napchecker Naps challenge. The Daily Record pundit finished the month with a 27.5-point return. In the end, the margin of victory was a comfortable 11 points, although with challengers emerging in th...

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RP Ratings prevail after titanic tussle


After a titanic three-way battle for supremacy, Racing Post’s Ratings emerged as top dog in April’s Napchecker race with an impressive 27.7-point yield. Rob Wright (the Times) finished second on 13.3 points with Glendale of the Scotsma...

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Glendale survives late scare to savour March glory


On the surface, Glendale’s victory in the March Napchecker race was no big surprise. After all, the Scotsman’s pundit had led the way for much of the month. But, in a thrilling finale, Kevin Walsh (Irish Post) surged ahead thanks to a ...

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Captain John hits top form with a 25.3-point yield


February proved to be another trying month, but Captain John of The Irish Times bucked the trend with a pulsating 25.3-point return on all tips. No other tipster managed to post a profit, but fellow Irish Times pundits, Brian O’Conner and Ha...

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16/1 Lingfield strike secures January crown for Postdata


Despite a humble strike-rate of 16%, the Racing Post’s Postdata stole the January honours in the Napchecker naps challenge with a 5.6-point yield. In what was a tough month, the only other tipster to post a profit with naps was the Guardi...

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Marlborough, winner of the 2019 Napchecker naps challenge, regained the title in 2021, coming from a lowly position to win with something in hand. The Daily Telegraph’s senior tipster finished the year with a 28.2-point profit, which was ...

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Marlborough storms ahead in naps challenge


Last month’s suggestion that Marlborough might yet have a hand to play in the destiny of this year’s naps table proved to be prescient, as the Telegraph’s senior tipster raced to the top of the table, and then proceeded to build ...

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Marlborough turns back the clock


Marlborough topped October’s Napchecker Naps table with an impressive 19.4-point profit (34% strike-rate). The Telegraph’s pundit finished more than eight points ahead of Rob Wright, who also enjoyed a fine run with his general tips. ...

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Defiant Fortunatus revive naps' race


For most newspaper tipsters, September 2021 was a month to forget. Only Fortunatus managed to post a profit on nap selections. And, as a result, the Sheffield Star’s pundit brought the Napchecker naps challenge back to life. With a 9.7-po...

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Newsboy still ahead - despite August setback


August was a grim month for the chief protagonists in the 2021 Napchecker Naps table. Both Newsboy and Templegate posted heavy losses, but of the two, Newsboy fared marginally better. In posting a 9.8-point loss, the Mirror’s pundit actually...

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Postdata take naps and all-tips honours


Newsboy has taken charge of the 2021 Napchecker naps challenge, despite finishing July in the red! The Mirror’s tipster posted a small loss of 1.5 points, but as the previous month’s table-topper, Templegate of the Sun, registered a wh...

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The Guardian's 10-win Ascot spree


Thanks to two winners in the last week of the month, the Morning Star’s Farringdon topped the June Napchecker naps table with a 20.5-point return. Long-time leader Glendale (The Scotsman) finished second with 17.3 points, with the Mirror&rsq...

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Templegate cruises to May naps victory


After suffering a short-head defeat in April, Templegate bounced back to claim May’s crown with an emphatic victory. More than 38 points separated the Sun’s senior tipster and the second placed Glendale (The Scotsman) – one of th...

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Tabloid titans top April listing


Those old tabloid adversaries, Newsboy (the Mirror) and Templegate (the Sun) where locked together in a thrilling battle for top position in the April Napchecker Naps table. Newsboy just edged the race with a 22.1-point yield, less than three poin...

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Sensational Scout hammers the bookies


March is often a testing month for tipsters given the challenges presented by the Cheltenham Festival, not to mention the opening exchanges on the Flat. The test is particularly great for newspaper tipsters who are expected to provide a tip for ev...

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Wright moves into pole position in naps race


Rob Wright of The Times surged into a useful early lead in the 2021 Napchecker Naps Challenge, thanks to a February return of 21.2 points. His overall balance is 24.2 points, more than 13 points clear of second placed Spotlight (Racing Post) who m...

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January profits, despite adverse conditions


Despite incessant rain, and the large number of meetings that were lost as a consequence, January was a lucrative month for Newsboy, who headed the month’s naps list. The Mirror’s pundit ended the month with an 11.2-point gain, securin...

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Emphatic Walsh secures 2020 Naps crown


Kevin Walsh of The Irish Post was the emphatic winner of the 2020 Napchecker Naps crown. He ended the year with an impressive profit of 39.1 points. In what was inevitably a challenging year, no other tipster posted an overall profit. Wise Owl of ...

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Napchecker glory beckons for remorseless Walsh


The remorseless Kevin Walsh moved further ahead in the 2020 Napchecker naps challenge, thanks to a third table-topping month out of the last four. The Irish Post’s naps king registered a 19.5-point November yield, finishing well ahead of Rac...

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50/1 nap scores for Farringdon


It’s not often that newspaper tipsters put forward 50/1 chances as their daily nap, but that’s exactly what Farringdon did on 26 October, and the Morning Star’s tipster was rewarded when the Rebecca Bastiman-trained gelding, High...

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10% strike-rate but a big profit for Irish Post's napster


It’s rare that the dreaded combination of a modest strike-rate and a lengthy losing run can be turned into a healthy long-term profit. Rare, but not impossible as Kevin Walsh of the Irish Post demonstrated in September. Despite scoring with ...

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Mr consistency heads August list


The Irish Post’s Kevin Walsh topped August’s Napchecker naps table with a 16.9-point monthly haul. Walsh finished clear of the Racing Post’s Postdata (12.7 points), who led for much of the month before faltering close home. Garry...

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Tipsters and trainers - Flat 2020


With two months racing under our belts, this is a good time to delve into the Napchecker information bank to unearth some potential nuggets relating to Newspaper tipsters and their records following particular trainers. As usual, the exercise reve...

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Robin Goodfellow takes charge following productive June


Thanks to the surprise victory of the Paul and Oliver Cole-trained Highland Chief in the Golden Gates Handicap at Royal Ascot, Robin Goodfellow claimed top position in the June Napchecker table. Highland Chief, who finished behind Pinatubo in last...

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The Changing Face of Newspaper Tipping


Few of the 300,000 people gathered at Aintree on 26 March 1949 were celebrating after the success of 66/1 Russian Hero in the Grand National. Despite being locally trained, there had been little enthusiasm for the chances of the nine-year-old, a d...

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Close finish to February race ends in Goodfellow's favour


February’s Napchecker table was headed by Robin Goodfellow, who narrowly outflanked Racing Post Ratings to win by a margin of just 0.22 points. Remarkably, with less than a week to go, both were languishing in mid-table, but a remarkable flu...

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The Guardian and the Mirror claim January honours


The Guardian and the Mirror take January honours No fewer than eight napsters posted January profits with The Guardian finishing the month in first position with an impressive 16-point gain. Second, just 1.5 points adrift came West Tip (Western...

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Marlborough extends lead in naps challenge


Marlborough’s prospects of winning the 2019 Napchecker Naps Challenge were given a huge boost in November as nearest rivals, Glendale, suffered a 5.2-point reversal. It means that despite a relatively modest profit of 0.6 points, Marlborough...

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Marlborough within striking distance of the 2019 Naps crown


Thanks to a solid October performance, Marlborough is strongly placed to claim the 2019 Napchecker Naps Challenge. The Daily Telegraph’s naps king posted a 6.4-point yield, a figure bettered only by Kevin Walsh of The Irish Post with a 10.9-...

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West Tip secures 2019's biggest haul to claim September crown


West Tip recorded the best monthly return of 2019 – a 36.8-point yield – to claim top spot in the September Napchecker table. The Western Morning News’ naps king finished more than ten points clear of his nearest rival – Fa...

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Glendale and Marlborough neck and neck


Glendale of The Scotsman and Marlborough of the Daily Telegraph are engaged in an absorbing tussle at the top of the 2019 Napchecker table. At the end of August, the pair were separated by 0.03 points with Glendale just showing in front. Both e...

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Classy Marlborough enjoy champagne month


The Scotsman’s Glendale continues to lead the 2019 Napchecker table, although a magnificent July effort by Marlborough (Daily Telegraph) breathed new life into the race. Seventeen of Marlborough’s 30 naps were successful in July &nd...

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Garry Owen tops June table but Glendale bandwagon rolls on


Thanks to a 10.8-point June return, The Scotsman’s Glendale extended his lead in the 2019 Napchecker table to more than 28 points. Glendale’s June figure was bettered only by fellow countryman Garry Owen of the Daily Record, who topped...

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Glendale consolidates position at the top of the table


The Scotsman’s Glendale extended his lead at the top of the 2019 Napchecker table with a 16.3-point May return. It means that, approaching the half-way point in the year, Glendale has accrued 25.8 points to a £1 stake (based on SP). Th...

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Postdata's monster yield wins April crown


The Racing Post’s Postdata service secured top place in the April Napchecker table with a huge 25.5-point profit to SP. Rob Wright of The Times finished second on 9.8 points with Garry Owen (Daily Record), Newsboy (Daily Mirror) and Marlboro...

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How to Take Advantage of Bookmaker Sign Up Offers


Image source: Pexels When you sign up with a new bookmaker, you will often be given a free bet or some kind of other offer from them as a reward for signing up. These are now very common and give your new account a great start when you open it....

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A barren Cheltenham no handicap for Spotlight


Last month’s racing was dominated by four days in the Cotswolds when the annual Cheltenham festival was staged. Not only does the 28-race marathon define the whole jumping season, but it also provides an opportunity for the national and regi...

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Daily Record napster secures February win


There was a thrilling skirmish between Garry Owen of the Daily Record and Marlborough of the Daily Telegraph to claim top spot in the February Napcheckers’ table, which ended in favour of the Daily Record’s nap king. His 13.3pt haul wa...

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Scotsman's flying start to the New Year


Glendale of The Scotsman started 2019 in tremendous style, posting a 34.5pt January profit to a £1 stake. Not surprisingly, this effort clinched the opening salvo in the Napchecker Challenge. Newsboy (Daily Mirror) claimed second with an 11p...

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Templegate secures title after fine tussle with Fortunatus


There was a dramatic conclusion to the 2018 Napchecker naps challenge with Templegate (The Sun) snatching victory away from the Sheffield Star's Fortunatus by less than a point after an agonising month of tension. December began with Fortun...

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Racing Post Ratings hit top form


Racing Post Ratings, winner of the Napchecker Naps Challenge for the last two years, hit top form in November, registering a table-topping 19.2-point yield. Rob Wright of the Times chased the winner all the way to the line, but had to settle for s...

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The Duke and Fortunatus make Yorkshire proud


The Duke of The Yorkshire Post headed the October Napchecker table with an eye-catching 23.3-point yield. The Sheffield Star’s Fortunatus made it a memorable month for the White Rose County with second place and a 17.3-point yield, while Gar...

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Farringdon finds another belter to top Napchecker's table


Thanks to the narrow Doncaster victory of 25/1 shot Von Blucher, The Morning Star’s Farringdon topped the September Napchecker Naps table with a 15.1-point profit. The Rebecca Menzies-trained gelding got up in the shadow of the line, winning...

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Flying Scot wins August Napchecker prize


Twelve August winners earned Glendale pole-position in last month’s Napchecker table. The Scotsman’s napster posted a 24.4-point yield which ensured a comfortable victory. Farringdon of the Morning Star claimed second position with a 1...

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Tempegate increases lead in Napchecker race


July’s crazy merry-go-round of racing can often be a nightmare for tipsters, but this time it saw a number of Napsters in vibrant form. In one instance a remarkable 64.5% strike-rate was recorded, while several others averaged more than one ...

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Sensational Farringdon hammers the bookies


Sensational. That’s the only way to describe Farringdon’s June Napchecker record. Six winning selections out of 28 (21.4% strike-rate) combined to add-up to a monthly return of 25.50 points to a £1 stake. Not surprisingly with su...

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Robin Goodfellow heads naps table


We are approaching the half-way point in the 2018 Napchecker Challenge and, thanks to another profitable return, Robin Goodfellow of the Daily Mail has taken over at the head of the table. The Mail’s premier tipster advised eight winning nap...

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Templegate and Robin Goodfellow show the way


With a third of the race run, there is a tremendous battle for supremacy at the top of the 2018 Napchecker table between Templegate of the Sun and the Daily Mail’s Robin Goodfellow. After four months, Templegate boasts an overall profit of 3...

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Gold Cup triumph helps Templegate reach the top


With nine winners from 27 selections, Templegate of the Sun, headed the March Napcheckers’ list. A 14-point return secured top placing with Rob Wright of the Times finishing second on 11.9 points. Racing Post Spotlight were third on 8.3 poin...

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Robin Goodfellow leads the way


ROBIN GOODFELLOW LEADS THE WAY Two months into the new year and week before the start of the Cheltenham Festival. Is there any better time of year for fans of racing? Of course, it helps if you begin the festival with money in the bank, and fol...

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Tipsters' trainers - a route to profit?


One of the most useful features of Napchecker’s Advanced Option facility is the chance to forensically examine tipster’s records when tipping or napping runners ridden by a particular jockey or from a named stable. I was particularly i...

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Racing Post retain Napchecker crown


It was a case of déjà vu at the top of the Napchecker naps table, as Racing Post’s Ratings Service became the first service to win back-to-back titles, posting an overall profit of 36.8 points, just two less than last year&rsqu...

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Sheffield Star pundit steals November glory


With 13 winning naps, Fortunatus ran out a convincing winner of the November Napchecker naps challenge. A 16.1-point yield put the Sheffield Star’s pundit well ahead of Marlborough of The Telegraph, with West Tip (Western Morning News), The ...

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16/1 Related wins the day for Postdata


Thanks to the success of 16/1 Related at Kempton on 24 October, Racing Post’s Postdata finished top of the October Napchecker table. Farringdon of the Morning Star claimed second with a 7.8-point profit, one point ahead of Marlbrough of the ...

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Maximising yields from regional tipsters


One aspect of Napcheckers that I have found intriguing is the frequency of winning naps at local tracks by tipsters from regional papers. Was this, I wondered, a lucrative path to pursue, or would the trail lead nowhere? It was, of course, entirel...

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Prestbury Park success steers Marlborough to August glory


Marlborough of the Daily Telegraph headed the August Napchecker table with a near 38% strike-rate. Racing Post Postdata claimed second place, ahead of West Tip of the Western Morning News, Glendale of The Scotsman, Patrick Weaver of the Daily Star...

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Big-priced winning naps helps to dispel myth


The notion that newspaper tipsters rarely nap big-priced selections was exposed as a piece of rank nonsense last month as winning 22/1 and 16/1 naps helped Racing Post Ratings and Farringdon of the Morning Star post impressive July profits. Racing...

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Goodfellow's dream start earns June Toptipsters' crown


Five winning naps out of nine at the start of June gave Robin Goodellow a dream start to the month, and with a further five successes, The Daily Mail’s napster claimed monthly honours with a 21.9-point yield. The Scotsman’s Glendale wa...

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Wright moves to the top of the table


Wright moves to the top of the table Rob Wright of The Times enjoyed a lucrative May, finishing top of the naps table for the month with a fulsome 26.4-point profit. Wright finished ahead of Garry Owen of the Daily Record, Robin Goodfellow of t...

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Aintree Racetrack Facts and Betting Tips


​In any other racetrack around the world you can easily select a few favorite contenders and in 4 out of 5 times those favorites will end as winners or in the 5 top places. This is not the case at Aintree, especially during the Grand National, wer...

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Spotlight heads the April charge


Thanks to an end-of-month winning spree, Racing Post’s Spotlight finished top of the April Napchecker naps table with a handsome 29.9-point yield. Spotlight had to fight off the persistent Marlborough of the Daily Telegraph, who secured eigh...

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Tully East steers The Times to March glory


Rob Wright of The Times and the Blackpool Gazette’s Simpson fought a terrific battle for the honour of finishing top of the March naps list, with the Thunderer’s tipster prevailing by the narrowest of margins – a mere 0.2 of a po...

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The Western Morning News delivers February nest egg


February proved to be lucrative month with the top seven tipsters in the naps table posting profits. The table was headed by West Tip of the Western Morning News. His 8.4-point gain was enough to deny Simpson of the Blackpool Gazette with The Dail...

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Bookmaker steers Farringdon to January glory


Bookmaker steers Farringdon to January glory It’s not often that a bookmaker comes to the assistance of a tipster, but that was certainly the case last month, as the Bookmaker in question, a John Bridger-trained gelding, delivered the goo...

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Racing Post Ratings win 2016 Napchecker crown


With a seven winner December haul, Racing Post Ratings maintained their lead at the head of the Napchecker Naps table, securing the 2016 title with an overall 39-point profit to SP. The Daily Telegraph’s Marlborough claimed second positon, l...

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November Napster list headed by The Guardian


There was a thrilling conclusion to the fight to claim first place in the November tips table. Three tipsters, The Guardian, Farringdon of the Morning Star and Rob Wright of The Times, were separated by just 1.4 points after 30-days of intense com...

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A Special October for Goodfellow and Racing Post Ratings


For two newspaper tipsters, October was a month to relish: The Daily Mail’s Robin Goodfellow posted a 59.2-point profit on all tips proffered during the month (that was a total of 796), while The Racing Post’s Ratings recorded a 43.6-p...

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Wondering Which Tipsters to Follow this Winter?


With the temperature dropping and the days getting shorter, it’s time to turn our attention to the jumpers. All the big stables have started flexing their muscles in preparation for a slog that with culminate in Cheltenham, Aintree and Punch...

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Regionals dominate August Napchecker table


As any serious punter will know, the search for suitable bets is a time consuming activity. So anything that will make this process easier must be welcomed. This is particularly true at the moment with bookmakers teasing us with enhanced odds offe...

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How to make Profits at the Big Racing Festivals


The racing year is given structure by the big festival meetings with Cheltenham and Aintree catering for the jumpers, and Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood and York’s Ebor meeting providing top Flat action. With the last of the year’s big...

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Nap Time - Who was hot in June


Nap Time – whose was hot in June? June was another productive month for Farringdon of the Morning Star. Thanks to winners of the calibre of 16/1 Classic Seniority (York, 10 June) and 10/1 Intense Style (Doncaster, 12 June) Farringdon head...

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Nutting Over the Moon Following 14/1 Epsom glory


2016 is fast becoming the year of major pay-outs for Gary Nutting. The 14/1 success of Smugglers’ Moon at Epsom on Oaks Day was the latest big-priced winning nap curtesy of the Sunday Mirror’s tipster. Brian Meehan’s charge follo...

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Tipsters hit form - and Newsboy heads the list


The Daily Mirror’s Newsboy has made a rousing start to May, posting a 17.3point profit on all tips logged during the first nine days of the month with a win strike-rate of more than 31%. The 16/1 Market Rasen success of novice chaser Sirius ...

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Farrington to the fore! A run of six winning naps out of nine


Farrington to the fore A run of six winning naps out of nine enabled Farringdon to rise to the top of the latest 30-day Napchecker table. The Morning Star’s tipster currently boasts a 37 point profit for the 30-day period between 14 Ma...

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