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 the table with a 14.3-point yield, thanks to a remarkable late rally. Spotlight (Racing Post) and Marlborough (Daily Telegraph) finished third and fourth.
For much of June, Garry Owen’s balance showed a deficit. But it all came good with four of his last five selections prevailing with Pitman’s Derby winner, Who Dares Wins (12/1, Newcastle, 29 June), securing top position for the Scottish tabloid’s napster. In all, 11 out of 28 naps were successful (39% strike-rate) with other winners including 3/1 Astrologer at Haydock (7 June) and a pair of 11/4 chances, Snazzy Jazzy (Salisbury, 16 June) and Henrietta Bell (Southwell, 24 June).
Glendale was also wise to the Northumberland Plate chances of the Alan King-trained Who Dares Wins on the penultimate day of the month. The 12/1 strike was one of nine June successes (33%), a haul that also included 7/2 Brando (Hamilton, 6 June).
The Racing Post’s Spotlight also registered a 33% strike rate, with 9 winning naps out of 27. The chief contributors to a 2.9-point June yield were 5/1 Where’s Jeff (Carlisle, 26 June) and 7/2 Cleonte (Royal Ascot, 22 June).
Although registering a third profitable month of the year, Marlborough lost further ground to the runaway leader in the overall table. A 2.2-point return increased his 2019 profit to 8.1-points, which is 28.5 points shy of Glendale’s tally of 36.6 points. Nine winning naps for Marlborough included 9/2 American Graffiti (Newmarket, 21 June) and 4/1 Dapper Man (Hamilton, 27 June).
Turning our attention away from naps, and as the Flat season is well established, I thought it might be useful to consider which tipsters make profits by advising runners from one stable. Limiting my searches to the top dozen handlers, the following trainer/tipster combos caught my eye:
Andrew Balding / Captain John (Irish Times) 23.5-point profit
David O’Meara / Racing Post Ratings 22.7-point profit
William Haggas / Captain Keen (Irish Independent) 17.6-point profit
Andrew Balding / Patrick Weaver (The Star) 15.2-point profit
Charlie Appleby / The Scout (Daily Express) 13.2-point profit
Sir Michael Stoute / Newsboy (Daily Mirror) 12.5-point profit
Switching briefly to jockeys, there are some equally impressive records, notably:
Silvestre de Sousa / Racing Post Postdata 25.9-point profit
Silvestre de Sousa / Robin Goodfellow (Daily Mail) 22.1-point profit
Silvestre de Sousa / Garry Owen (Daily Record) 18.2-point profit
Silvestre de Sousa / Racing Post Ratings 17.3-point profit
Oisin Murphy / Captain John (Irish Times) 19.8-point profit
Daniel Tudhope / Templegate (The Sun), Robin Goodfellow (Daily Mail), Captain Keen (Irish Independent) and Newsboy (Daily Mirror) all 10pt plus profits.
All the above figures cover the period from 1 January to 30 June and like all the figures quoted in this article, they relate to 1 point stakes, with winnings settled to SP.
Date Published: 05/07/2019