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Glendale consolidates position at the top of the table

The Scotsman’s Glendale extended his lead at the top of the 2019 Napchecker table with a 16.3-point May return. It means that, approaching the half-way point in the year, Glendale has accrued 25.8 points to a £1 stake (based on SP). This gives him a huge advantage of 19.9 points over second placed Marlborough of the Daily Telegraph (5.9 points) with Postdata (Racing Post) and Newsboy (Daily Mirror) holding the next two positions with in the table.

Eight of Glendale’s 30 naps were successful in May, producing a return on investment of 54%. Winners included 9/1 Angel Of The North (Stratford, 19 May) and two 8/1 shots, Sioux Frontier (Hamilton Park, 5 May) and Annapurna, winner of the Oaks at Epsom (31 May).

Glendale’s return was impressive but, not for the first time, he was in imperious form on home turf: six out of 13 naps at Scottish tracks prevailed, yielding a sweet profit of 22.26 points. This looks even more impressive when expressed as a return on investment: 171%.

Runner-up in the May listing was West Tip. The Western Morning News’ napster experienced a month of two halves. The first 12 days were winnerless, but it all came together as the next nineteen days produced no fewer than nine winning naps including the 16/1 winner of the Irish 2,000 Guineas at Leopardstown on 25 May, Phoenix Of Spain. So, in the end, a heavy loss was averted and a 10-point profit was earnt.

Last month’s table-topping napster Postdata (Racing Post) was again in good form, notching a 7-point yield. There were plenty of value bets with no less than 19 selections starting at 6/1 or more. This resulted in a modest strike-rate of 14%, but with winners such as 16/1 Duke Of Firenze (York, 25 May) and 7/1 Corazon Espinado (Epsom Downs, 31 May), that can be excused.

Marlborough’s enviable consistency continued in May, a month that produced 12 winning naps from 28 selections. It means the Telegraph’s senior tipster has now advised 58 winning naps from 133 so far in 2019, equating to a 44% strike-rate. Six of those winning naps arrived in the last eight days of the month. In contrast to Postdata, winning SPs were low, which explains a tiny loss of 0.2 points.

Skinny prices also led to a small loss of 0.9 points for the Morning Star’s Farringdon, despite a more than acceptable nine-win haul (30% strike-rate). Six of the nine were even-money or shorter and two others were 3/1 and 7/2. It was left to the 10/1 success of Oriental Splendour to salvage something from the month with a victory at Beverley on 29 May.

Finally this month, a word of congratulation to Robin Goodfellow (Daily Mail), whose overall strike-rate for May on all tips was over 30%. That’s more than 300 winners from 1017 selections which converts to a 25-point strike-rate with winners up to and including 20/1. The Irish Independent’s Captain Keen also boasted a phenomenal record with an 18.1-point yield from 991 tips. It’s one thing to register a monthly profit from naps – which, of course, are the tipster’s strongest daily bet; but to achieve one via all selections is a rare and notable achievement, especially with bets settled to starting prices.

ps Check the results for May when settled to best odds. To do this click on the tips table tab on the Today’s Racing page at Napchecker. Select advanced options then set the date to start 1 May and to end 1 June. Ensure that the betting method is set to best odds and the flat stake is set to 10. Then click filter and off you go. Remember the results are settled to a 10-unit stake so divide the final figure by ten to get a one-unit return. I think you’ll agree that the results are stunning.

Date Published: 06/06/2019