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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 10.3-point haul. The Sheffield Star’s Fortunatus finished in third with 7.0 points ahead of Garry Owen of the Daily Record (4.8 pts).

There were also August profits for Wise Owl (Belfast Newsletter), Kevin Walsh (Irish Post), the Duke (Yorkshire Post) and two Racing Post services, Spotlight and Postdata.

Glendale’s August triumph was the result of a consistent campaign; a dozen 12 winning naps from 30 selections resulted in a 40% strike-rate. The winners included 15/2 Shumookhi (Newbury, 17 August) and 7/1 Sicario (Ffos Las, 2 August) along with a 5/1 chance and two at 4s. And, apart from a five-day losing sequence mid-way through the month, the winners came along at regular intervals.

In contrast to Glendale’s consistent winner finding, Farringdon’s month was built around one massively priced winner, Major Valentine, successful at Chepstow on 27 August at 22/1. There were just three further successes, which added up to a 10.3-point yield and helped to lift the Morning Star’s napster from seventh to third in the overall 2018 table. Farringdon’s 7.7-point yield is bettered only by The Sun’s Templegate (22.3 points) and Fortunatus who, thanks to a 7-point August profit, climbed from fifth to second with an overall tally of 8.1 points.

Six of Fortunatus’ ten August winners were secured at Yorkshire tracks – not the first time that the Sheffield Star’s napster has enjoyed such local success. The highlights were three 4/1 winners and a 37% strike-rate with a longest losing sequence of just four.

The good August showing by Scottish-based napsters was reinforced by the Daily Record’s Garry Owen who advised eight winning August naps with prices ranging from 7/4 to the 5/1 recorded by Pipers Note (Ripon, 6 August).

A four-day winning streak between 14 and 17 August helped Wise Owl earn 3.5-points in August. The best priced of that quartet was Shumookhi (15/2, Newbury, 17 August) but that was bettered by the success of 11/1 nap Commanding Officer, winner of a valuable maiden at York seven days later.

Kevin Walsh of the Irish Post bagged six August winners including 10/1 Pincheck (Leopardstown, 16 August) and 7/1 Low Sun (Galway, 4 August) on his way to a 3.2-point yield. Anyone backing Walsh’s naps at Irish tracks would have shown a handsome August profit as four out of 13 such selections prevailed (31% strike-rate; 9.7-point profit; 75% ROI).

Eight August successes, including strikes at 9/2, 4s, 7/2 and 3s, guided The Duke to a 1.1-point monthly yield. Racing Post stalwarts Spotlight and Postdata also posted small August gains. Here And Now, a 12/1 winner at the York Ebor Meeting (22 August) spearheaded Spotlight’s effort, while Squats (17/2, Newbury, 18 August) assisted Postdata’s cause.

Although Robin Goodfellow (Daily Mail) and Marlborough (Daily Telegraph) were out of luck with their naps, they both enjoyed considerable success with their general tipping. Robin Goodfellow’s 1004 August selections produced an overall loss to SP of just 8.4 points, while Marlborough’s return to SP on 933 selections was a loss of 9.5-points. However, if best prices were taken on all selections, Robin Goodfellow’s loss becomes a 155.9-point profit and Marlborough’s is transformed into a 148.8-point yield. As they say, it pays to bet early, and, when available to take advantage of best odds guarantees.

Date Published: 10/09/2018