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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 – a staggering 57% strike-rate. This added up to a 21-point yield, a monthly return only bettered on two occasions this year. The Belfast Newsletter’s Wise Owl finished second with 17.8 points, ahead of Postdata (Racing Post) on 11.2 points and Glendale on 8.1 points.

There were July profits also for Racing Post Ratings, Garry Owen (Daily Record), The Duke (Yorkshire Post), The Guardian and Farringdon (Morning Star).

Marlborough’s fourth profitable return of 2019 was an astonishing affair. It began with two losing bets, followed by a sequence of six consecutive winners (including 4/1 Champagne Marengo at Chelmsford City on 5 July). The month continued with a matching run of six losing naps, followed by a five-win sequence between 16 and 20 July. The next seven days yielded a further two successful strikes and then, to cap it all, a run of three winning naps between 28 and 30 July, including the month’s best sp return, 15/2 Breathable (Pontefract, 28 July).

Impressive though Marlborough’s effort was, it was not the only notable effort. Wise Owl’s 17.8-point profit was the result of a solid 30% strike-rate with seven winning naps featuring California Love (8/1, Newmarket, 13 July), Raising Sand (7/1, Ascot, 27 July) and two 6/1 successes, Be Bold (Musselburgh, 3 July) and Highly Sprung (Pontefract, 28 July).

Postdata maintained their fine recent form, posting a third profitable return in the last four months. Eight of July’s 30 naps hit the mark (30%) including 12/1 Pennsylvania Dutch (Thirsk 3, July) and 6/1 Air Raid (Hamilton, 19 July). Interestingly, no less than eight of the month’s naps returned prices of 8/1 or more.

With Marlborough raking in the profits, it was important that Glendale kept churning out the winners. And this they did: 11 winning naps, a 30% strike-rate and an 8.2-point yield. Ten of the successes were priced at 5/2 or less, but it was the other winner – 11/1 Nicholas T (Ayr, 29 July) that ensured the month would end in profit. That was yet another local winner for The Scotsman’s napster. As I’ve said before there’s money to be made by following Glendale’s Scottish naps; 6 of July’s 13 local naps triumphed, showing a nice profit of more than 10 points. (Three of those wins came curtesy of the same horse, the remarkable Nicholas T – surely a record for a tipster to nap the same horse three times in a month, and for the horse to win each time?)

On many occasions a yield of 6.8 points would be good enough to head the monthly table, but this month, Racing Post Ratings had to settle for fifth with such a return. Alicia Darcy (5/1, Brighton, 9 July) was the best priced of the month’s ten winning naps. Although failing to hit the top notes in the monthly listings, Postdata’s yield did push the service into profit for 2019. An overall return of 3.6 translates to fourth in the 2019 listings behind Glendale (44.8 points), Marlborough (29.1 points) and Garry Owen (5.5 points).

And talking of Garry Owen, the Daily Record’s napster posted his fourth profitable month of 2019 (3.3 points), while The Duke (3.1 points), The Guardian (1.7 points) and Farringdon (1.4 points) all ended the month in credit.

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Two days into August and Postdata, thanks to winning naps at 17/2 and 11/2, are already 14 points up. Newsboy (Daily Mirror), Spotlight (Racing Post) and Rob Wright (The Times) have also started the napping month well, while Newsboy, Patrick Weaver (The Star) and Racing Post Ratings are well ahead with their general tips.

Date Published: 03/08/2019