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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 by a short head, but Farringdon’s margin of victory was a healthy 6.1 points. The Racing Post’s Postdata claimed second with 9 points with Templegate (The Sun), Robin Goodfellow (Daily Mail), Fortunatus (Sheffield Star) and Marlborough (Daily Telegraph) also securing September profits.

Farringdon makes a habit of finding the most unlikely winners and this year’s tally includes 33/1 Joe Farrell (Ayr, 21 April), 25/1 San Souci Bay (Chester, 13 July) and 22/1 Major Valentine (Chepstow, 22 January). Von Blucher’s success on 14 September was one of six winners last month for Farringdon, a tally which also included 5/1 War Department (Newcastle, 28 September).

After enduring a barren 20-race sequence, Postdata’s luck changed on 17 September with the win of 7/2 Baltic Prince at Brighton, followed the next day by another success with 7/1 Right About Now (Yarmouth, 18 September). As it turned out, this was just a prelude to a four-race winning run between 25 and 28 September courtesy of 9/2 Jonagold (Warwick), Master Carpenter (7/2, Goodwood), Kick On (11/2, Newmarket) and Testa Rossa (9/1, Newcastle).

Templegate continues to lead the 2018 table, helped by September’s 7.8-point yield. The month began spectacularly with a winning 17/2 advice, Bossipop (Chester, 1 September). A further seven winners ensued, pushing 2018’s profit to 30.1 points. Thanks to September’s efforts, Farringdon has moved up to second (22.9 points) with Fortunatus third (11.2).

For much of the year, Robin Goodfellow was Templegate’s nearest rival, but a quiet couple of months caused the Mail’s napster to slip down the field. September, however, heralded a revival with 8/1 Round The Island (Pontefract, 20 September) and 6/1 Jack Blane (Hamilton, 24 September) contributing towards a 7.0-point profit.

Although dropping one place in the 2018 table, Fortunatus was again in good form in September. The best of seven winning naps was Twin Appeal, who scored at Beverley on 25 September at 12/1.

Marlborough found 12 winning naps in September (41% strike-rate), resulting in a 2.7-point yield. The first ten naps of the month yielded six winners including Makawee (6/1, Musselburgh, 7 September) and Cent Flying (5/1, Ffos Las, 5 September).

Spotlight of The Racing Post recorded a 0.2-point September loss, however that turned into a 13.9-point profit if best-odds guarantees were taken. One selection, Lucky Lucky Man, who triumphed at Ayr on 21 September, was sent off at 12/1, but was earlier available at 25/1. As mentioned previously, best odds deals are widely available and invariably produce greater yields than relying on starting prices.

To further emphasis the fact, check out September’s all-tips table with selections settled to starting prices. Then, repeat with tips settled to best odds. To take just one example, Marlborough’s 24.2-point loss to sp is transformed into a swanking 104.4-point yield to best odds.

Date Published: 07/10/2018