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Prestbury Park success steers Marlborough to August glory

Marlborough of the Daily Telegraph headed the August Napchecker table with a near 38% strike-rate. Racing Post Postdata claimed second place, ahead of West Tip of the Western Morning News, Glendale of The Scotsman, Patrick Weaver of the Daily Star and The Times’ Rob Wright.

In total, Marlborough napped eleven August winners with Prestbury Park, a 10/1 Chester winner on 6 August, in case you’re wondering, and 5/1 Manshood (Hamilton, 24 August) catching the eye. Prestbury Park’s success heralded a golden spell of 5 winning naps out of seven between 6 and 12 August, while a four-winner sequence was also recorded between 23 and 26 August. The outcome was an overall 12.1-point yield to starting prices.

Postdata earned second position with a 7-point profit despite a low strike-rate of less than 14%. However, the four winning naps all came home at attractive prices: Breakable (4/1, Chester, 6 August), Good Luck Charm (8/1 Brighton, 11 August), Rioja Day (12/1 Hamilton, 24 August) and Marsha (8/1 York, 25 August).

A rich seam of form during the middle of August propelled West Tip of the Western Morning News to a 6.1-point August profit. It was the success of 12/1 Move Over at Salisbury on 7 August that started West Tip’s spectacular sequence which was to yield ten winning naps out of 14 running up to 20 August.

Glendale (The Scotsman) began August with a 12/1 strike, Ebony Rose (Perth, 1 August). Maulesden May (6/1, Ayr, 12 August) and Vimy Ridge (11/4, Windsor, 13 August) contributed towards an overall profit of 3.90 points. As has been mentioned before, it’s worth paying keen attention to Glendale’s naps at Scottish tracks: the August profit for these alone was 11.63 points.

The Daily Star’s Patrick Weaver regularly operates to a 30% strike-rate with his naps, and August was no exception as his strike-rate hit 34.48%, that’s 10 winning naps from 29, including the 5/1 Pontefract winner Short Work (20 August).

Two winning naps out of four at Glorious Goodwood gave Rob Wright of The Times a fine start to the month. Those successes – 9/1 Londinium (2 August) and 7/2 Walton Street (4 August) – helped to guide Wright to an August profit of 1-point with Viking Hoard, a 5/1 winner at Salisbury on 16 August also contributing. This profit, though modest, ensured Wright stayed in profit for the year. He is currently in fourth position in the overall naps table. His 2.3-point gain is bettered only by Gary Nutting of the Sunday Mirror with 15.4 points, Racing Post Ratings (12.0 points) and the Guardian (6.3 points).

Wise Owl of the Belfast Newsletter napped 9/1 Epsom winner Cordite (29 August), but just missed out on an August profit. Robin Goodfellow (Daily Mail) was similarly narrowly denied, despite starting the month with three winning naps out of four.

Date Published: 08/09/2017