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Postdata's monster yield wins April crown

The Racing Post’s Postdata service secured top place in the April Napchecker table with a huge 25.5-point profit to SP. Rob Wright of The Times finished second on 9.8 points with Garry Owen (Daily Record), Newsboy (Daily Mirror) and Marlborough (Daily Telegraph) also finishing the month in credit.

Eight of Postdata’s 29 naps justified expectations with the highlight being the Wolverhampton success of Adelante on 22 April. The Ceiron Fallon-ridden filly comfortably accounted for a Godolphin-owned favourite at rewarding odds of 12/1. Other successes that caught the eye included Blazing Dreams (8/1, Newbury, 11 April) and Little Millie (11/2, Warwick, 10 April). The remaining five winning naps were all priced between 3 and 5/1, guaranteeing a bumper profit come the end of the month.

Postdata’s strike-rate was a more than acceptable 28% but this was bettered by Rob Wright, whose eight-winner haul was acquired from one selection less than Postdata. The critical difference was that Wright’s bag of winners averaged 3.6/1, whereas Postdata’s came in at 5.8/1. Nevertheless, Wright’s return of 9.8 points was another solid performance given that he was out of luck with ten of the month’s first 11 naps. Seven of the remaining 16 naps prevailed with Stratford ‘chase winner Day of Roses (9/1, 14 April) leading the way.

The last day success of Cuban Sun (Nottingham, 30 April) turned a losing month into a profitable one for Garry Owen. The 10/1 winner guided the Daily Record’s napster to a 5.8-point yield to add to February’s 13.3-point profit, which earned top spot in that month’s table.

Newsboy was 4.5 points up at the end of April, with nine winners (31% strike-rate) including Pennsylvania Dutch (9/2, Thirsk, 29 April). A pleasing feature of Newsboy’s effort was that the winners came along at regular intervals with the longest losing sequence being just five.

Marlborough’s habit of securing impressive strike-rates continued in April with a 47% record: 14 winners from 30 selections. This means that, since the turn of the year, he has a 44% strike-rate with 46 winning selections from just 105 naps. Prices tend to be shorter than a number of other napsters, but given the high success rate, that’s not unreasonable. Best priced of April’s 14 wins was Magical Thomas, a 13/2 shot at Fontwell on 12 April.

A third of the year gone, and Glendale of The Scotsman leads the way in the 2019 Napchecker race with a 9.53-point profit. Rob Wright (6.21 points) and Marlborough (6.16 points) are fighting it out for second and third places with Garry Owen (3.65 points) and Newsboy (3.53) occupying the next two places.

In the overall tips table, Rob Wright continues to set the pace. April’s effort included winners at 14/1, 11/1 and two at 10s.

Date Published: 06/05/2019