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Robin Goodfellow leads the way


Two months into the new year and week before the start of the Cheltenham Festival. Is there any better time of year for fans of racing? Of course, it helps if you begin the festival with money in the bank, and followers of the Daily Mail’s Robin Goodfellow will be feeling particularly happy with themselves as their favourite tipster is already 22.9-points up this year in the Napchecker naps’ table.

The Daily Telegraph, the Times, the Sun, the Scotsman, the Daily Record and the Yorkshire Post have all recorded profits for the first two months of the year, while the Daily Star and the Guardian are down by fractions.

With a 42% return on investment (ROI), Robin Goodfellow currently leads the way. Nineteen winning naps have been advised from 54 so far this year, a 35% strike-rate. Winners include 10/1 Marshal Dan (Lingfield, 14 February) and 7/1 Beyond The Clouds (Musselburgh, 4 February). Look closely and the figures become more impressive: 14 of the last 29 naps have triumphed producing a 104% ROI.

Marlborough (Daily Telegraph) is also showing a 35% strike-rate for 2018, with 18 winning naps from 51 up to the end of February. Too Many Chiefs (5/1, Ayr, 2 January) and Broken Quest (9/2, Kempton, 9 February) have helped the cause.

Naralsaif, a winning 10/1 nap at Wolverhampton (23 January) and 8/1 The New Pharaoh (Leicester, 11 January) helped to guide Rob Wright of the Times to third place in the naps table. With a 25% strike-rate, Wright ended February with a 4.2-point yield.

Templegate of the Sun notched up six winning naps in January and again last month. It adds up to an overall gain of 3.6 points. Along the way there were some striking winners such as Colin’s Brother, successful at 11/1 at Leicester on 15 February and Gracious John, a winning 8/1 nap at Lingfield nine days later.

Glendale has also made a bright start to 2018 with a 33% strike-rate with winners up to and including 6/1. The Scotsman’s napster is currently 1.7 points to the good.

Two winning 8/1 naps, Master Dee (Kempton, 24 February) and Kalashnikov (Newbury, 10 February) ensured the Garry Owen of the Daily Record ended February with an overall profit of 1.5 points, while The Duke (Yorkshire Post) overcame early losses with a sequence of five winning naps from seven between 22 and 27 February.

Patrick Weaver of the Daily Star is renewed for his high strike-rate. And it looks like this pattern will continue as he currently stands on 41%. Weaver’s winners included three 9/2 shots.

The Welsh Grand National success of Irish raider Ras De Maree (Chepstow, 6 January) gave the Guardian a great start to the year. The 16/1 shot’s victory was the first of a sequence of four consecutive winning naps. Although this form was not sustained, the Guardian are just 0.4 points down entering March.

Although the Scout has not made much of an impression with naps, the Express’ senior tipster has been in outstanding form with all tips. At the end of February, 1271 selections have produced a 2.6-point profit to SP – an outstanding effort.

Date Published: 05/03/2018