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Newsboy's perfect six at Nottingham

Just as was the case in June, profits were had to come by in July; Newsboy’s yield of just 3.2 points was enough to secure top position in the naps table. Apart from Newsboy, only Glendale (1.9 points) and Scout (0.4 points) posted profits, while June’s table-topper, Farringdon, was one of two services to manage just a single winner during the course of the month.

Newsboy also cracked the code at Nottingham on 28 July, going through the card for a 692/1 six-timer, which was rounded off by 7/1 Mukha Magic.

Ten of Newsboy’s 29 nap selections prevailed in July, earning the Mirror-man a 34% strike-rate. Top priced winner was 100/30 State Occasion, who won the 10-furlong fillies’ handicap at Goodwood on 27 July. With an average winning sp of around 9/4, the overall profit was slim, but in a month when many floundered, a 3.2-point yield was more than acceptable.

An excellent 39% strike-rate earned Glendale second place, but prices were short with six of eleven winners starting at even money or shorter. Star of the show was Mawj, a winner at 4/1 at Newmarket on 8 July.

Glendale’s 1.9-point yield meant that The Scotsman’s tipster moved further ahead of the field in the 2022 naps table. With a 14.8-point return, Glendale is the only tipster currently showing a naps profit for 2022. Scout sits second with a loss of 2.2 points, followed by Racing Post Ratings (-5.9 points) and Garry Owen of the Daily Record (-15.7 points).

Scout (Express) did at least stay afloat last month with eight winning naps producing a 0.4-point return. The month promised more but a sequence of eleven losers out of twelve from 20 July saw a 10-point profit dwindle away to virtually nothing. Psyche, who triumphed at 8/1 at Wolverhampton on 11 July was Scout’s best priced July winner.

Of the remaining contenders, 31% strike-rates for Racing Post Spotlight and Marlborough (Telegraph) couldn’t prevent losing months. In Spotlight’s case the opening and concluding weeks both yielded four winning naps from seven, but the intervening 15 days produced just one winner.

Marlborough’s chances of a profitable return were scuppered by an eight-race losing streak at the end of the month. This followed an earlier sequence of nine wins from 21.

The Daily Record’s Garry Owen, who finished fourth with a 4.9-point loss, suffered from inconsistency, while The Duke of the Yorkshire Post, was too long between winners to have any serious impact.

The Irish Independent’s Captain Keen registered a 23.1-point profit on all-tips in July. This was a fine effort as, unlike several Irish pundits, Captain Keen tackles British as well as Irish racing. The profit and a 27% strike-rate came from 848 tips and included winners at 22/1 (Al Marmar, Ascot, 8 July) and 20/1 (Masque Of Anarchy, Beverley, 26 July).

Six days before his Nottingham six-timer, Newsboy tipped five winners at two tracks – Worcester and Sandown Park. There were also July five-timers for Marlborough (Telegraph) at Chelmsford City (3 July) and Catterick Bridge (6 July), the Sun’s Templegate (Beverley, 12 July) and the Star, who advised five winners from eight (1584/1 acca) at Goodwood on 27 July.

Date Published: 05/08/2022