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Postdata take naps and all-tips honours

Newsboy has taken charge of the 2021 Napchecker naps challenge, despite finishing July in the red! The Mirror’s tipster posted a small loss of 1.5 points, but as the previous month’s table-topper, Templegate of the Sun, registered a whopping 12.1-point reversal, Newsboy ended July more than nine points clear of that rival, with Fortunatus of the Sheffield Star a distant third with 10.3 points.

Although Newsboy and Templegate struggled last month, seven tipsters recorded profitable returns with the Racing Post taking the top two positions with Postdata (18.1 points) and Spotlight (10.2 points). Fortunatus claimed third with 8 points with the Guardian (3.2 points), Robin Goodfellow (2.3 points), Marlborough (2.2 points) and Rob Wright (2.1) taking the next four places in the listings.

Postdata achieved a July clean sweep as they also topped the all-tips table with an impressive 23.8-point gain. As I’ve said many times in the past, given the huge number of selections that are required to be made, ANY profit in the all-tips table represents a notable achievement; anything into double figures is even more so. Postdata advised 1268 selections during the month and achieved a one-in-four strike-rate. The 50/1 Epsom winner, Ascot Day (1 July) headed the roll-call which also featured two 25/1 chances, Global Esteem (Ascot, 9 July) and East Street Revue (Haydock, 16 July) and a 20/1 winner, Thisonesforollie (Tipperary, 18 July).

Credit is also due to Robin Goodfellow, who posted a 7.4-point yield on all-tips, with a strike-rate of 29%.

Returning to the naps table, Postdata nabbed ten winning naps in July. Side Shot (5/1, Haydock, 1 July) began a sequence of three wins in the first four days of the month, and, but for a barren six-day spell between 8 and 13 July, the winners continued to flow. The 25 July Musselburgh nap, Modular Magic was the best priced of the successes. The David Barron-trained gelding was a 6/1 shot when winning the Sky Bet Sunday Series Sprint Handicap.

Postdata’s naps strike-rate of 36% was bettered by Spotlight, who managed 41%. But, apart from 6/1 Snow Lantern (Newmarket, 9 July), prices tended to be a little lower than Postdata.

Except for a weak finish, Fortunatus might well have taken the July honours. The month’s first 21 selections produced seven winners including 17/2 Rory (Ayr, 12 July) and 13/2 Fossos (Redcar, 18 July), but the remaining nine naps yielded just one further winner. That sequence dented Fortunatus’ hopes of the 2021 crown, but, if the top two tipsters continue to haemorrhage profits, then the Sheffield Star’s pundit could still claim victory, come December.

The 10/1 Stewards’ Cup victor, Commanche Falls (Goodwood, 31 July) pushed the Guardian into profit, while Robin Goodfellow’s 32% strike-rate deserved better than a 2.3-point gain. Marlborough also benefited from a winning 10/1 nap, Global Prospector (Bath, 13 July); while Rob Wright endured a torrid start to the month with only one winner in 13, before climbing out of trouble with a further seven winners with his next 15 naps. For Newsboy it was the other way around: a strong start followed by a disastrous finale which saw just one successful call in 12 between 19 and 31 July.

Date Published: 05/08/2021