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Glendale and Marlborough neck and neck

Glendale of The Scotsman and Marlborough of the Daily Telegraph are engaged in an absorbing tussle at the top of the 2019 Napchecker table.

At the end of August, the pair were separated by 0.03 points with Glendale just showing in front. Both experienced losing months, with Glendale suffering more than the broadsheet’s tipster. Starting the month with a 15.7-point advantage, Glendale managed just three winning naps; Marlborough succeeded with a dozen naps, maintaining a good summer strike-rate. Crucially, however, Marlborough just missed out on a fifth profitable month of 2019 by 1.2 points.

The Guardian topped the August listing with an outstanding 20.9-point yield – the fourth highest monthly return of the year. This was a display of two halves: the first 13 selections yielded just two winners and a stinging 7.6-point deficit; the last 17 selections included nine winners (53% strike-rate) and a 28.5-point gain. The highlight was the 16/1 success of the Ger Lyons-trained Mustajeer in the million-pound Ebor at York (23 August).

Fortunatus (Sheffield Star) claimed second position in the August listing with an 8.3-point yield, accrued through seven winning naps including Our Charlie Brown (13/2, Catterick, 19 August) and Gunnison, who benefited from the application of cheekpieces to score at Thirsk on 30 August at rewarding odds of 16/1.

Six other napsters posted August profits: Robin Goodfellow (Daily Mail) finished third in the table with a 4.6 point-yield followed by the Racing Post’s Postdata (3.3 points), Kevin Walsh of the Irish Post (3.0 points), Garry Owen of the Daily Record (1.8 points), Racing Post Ratings (0.8 points) and Newsboy of the Daily Mirror (0.7 points). In the cases of Garry Owen and Postdata, the August profits helped to reduce the gap on the leading pair.

Robin Goodfellow enjoyed a welcome return to form, after a lean spell. Chief contributors to pot where 12/1 What’s The Story (York, 22 August) and 13/2 Engrossed (Wolverhampton, 12 August).

Postdata’s fourth profitable month in five was secured thanks to a strong opening with 11/2 Celsuis and 17/2 Beat Le Bon scoring at Glorious Goodwood on the first two days of the month. Another 11/2 strike, Maggies Angel (Musselburgh, 28 August) eased tensions later on.

Many napsters adopted a bold approach in August. One example was Kevin Walsh; eighteen of his 28 naps returned SPs of 5/1 or more, including ambitious punts at 33/1 and 25s. Though the big priced selections all failed, Walsh did end the month in credit, despite only finding four winners. This was down to the successes of Jacob Cats (12/1, Chepstow, 15 August) and Hot Ryan (7/1, Worcester, 14 August).

Turning to all-tips table, Rob Wright of The Times enjoyed a fantastic month spearheaded by the success of 33/1 Quemonda at Lingfield on 19 August. The month’s winning haul also included two 14/1 shots, two at 12s, one at 11s, one at 9/1 and four at 8/1. In total Wright advised 934 selections, posting a 2.7-point loss to SP. Anyone lucky enough to have backed all Wright’s advises to best odds would have ended the month 137 points up.

Date Published: 07/09/2019