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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 was less than a point more than Marlborough, who ended the month 12.6pt to the good. West Tip of the Western Morning News claimed third with a 4.4pt gain. February profits also for Rob Wright (The Times) and Kevin Walsh (Irish Post).

Ten of February’s 25 naps turned to gold for Garry Owen (40% strike-rate), maintaining Scotland’s great start to 2019, following January’s 34pt table-topping yield by Glendale (The Scotsman). Other winners included 7/1 Viva Vittoria (Market Rasen, 17 February), 6/1 Sinoria (Punchestown, 10 February) and 5/1 Skidoosh (Doncaster, 20 February).

In terms of strike-rate, Garry Owen’s was outscored by Marlborough who notched up 12 wins with just 22 naps, which translates to an astonishing 54%. The longest losing sequence was just three and the month ended with a sequence of five winning naps out of seven.

Three consecutive winning naps gave West Tip a flying start to the month. This trio included two 5/1 shots, Moonraker (Southwell, 3 February) and Caledonia Laird (Wolverhampton, 4 February). Another 5/1 success, Muatadel (Newcastle, 18 February) helped to guide West Tip to a useful February profit. West Tip’s profitability continues into March with three out of the month’s first four naps scoring.

Rob Wright maintained his good start to 2019 with a second profitable month of the year. His 1.8pt haul puts him in second place in the overall table with a 2019 profit of 10.8 pt. Glendale remains top of the list on 29.2pt.

Two Chelmsford City successes, Global Acclamation (2 February) and Naralsaif (14 February), pushed Wright ahead, but it required the last day Newcastle victory of Primo’s Comet to secure the all- important profit.

Dyliev (8/1, Huntingdon, 21 February) and Advantage Point (5/1, Naas, 9 February) were the chief contributors to Kevin Walsh’s 0.8pt yield, his second positive month of the year.

The February all-tips table was headed by The Irish Sun, which posted a 30.5pt yield with a 35% strike-rate. Off You Go (8/1, Leopardstown, 2 February) was the best priced winner. The Irish Sun restricts itself to Irish action but Captain John of The Irish Times advises on UK racing, as well. Therefore, his 28.1pt February profit stands out. Highlights include Rockley Point, a 12/1 winner at Newcastle (15 February) and 11/1 Sykes, successful at Haydock Park a day later. There was also a brace of winning 10/1 advices.

There were also worthy efforts by Brian O’Conner, also of the Irish Times (5.6pt profit) and Postdata of the Racing Post who showed a 3.3pt profit for the month, based on a huge 640 selection portfolio.

Were now well into March and less than a week to go before the annual madness at Cheltenham. Last year, The Daily Mail’s Robin Goodfellow showed up best at the festival with Balko Des Flos (8/1) Mister Whittaker (13/2) and Coo Star Sivola (5/1) all winning. Don’t forget to check into Napchecker throughout the meeting to see whose advice it will pay to follow this year.

Date Published: 07/03/2019