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Robin Goodfellow takes charge following productive June

Thanks to the surprise victory of the Paul and Oliver Cole-trained Highland Chief in the Golden Gates Handicap at Royal Ascot, Robin Goodfellow claimed top position in the June Napchecker table. Highland Chief, who finished behind Pinatubo in last year’s Chesham Stakes, was returned at 20/1, guiding The Mail’s chief tipster to a 17.4-point yield (21%). Robin Goodfellow ended the month well ahead of Kevin Walsh (Irish Post) and Garry Owen (Daily Record), who secured gains of 4.8 and 4.4-points respectively.

Apart from the success of Highland Chief, Robin Goodfellow secured five other winning naps during June, notably Guipure (6/1, Newcastle, 4 June) and Gullane One (7/1, Thirsk, 29 June).

With the previous leader, The Guardian, slipping back, Robin Goodfellow has also surged into a handsome lead at the top of the 2020 table. His 21.5-point profit for the first six months of 2020 is 13.2-points more than The Guardian. West Tip of the Western Morning News and Scout (Express) occupy the next two positions.

Kevin Walsh enjoyed a superb run at Ascot, napping three winners from five – Dark Vision (15/2), Khaloosy (9/2) and Santiago (100/30). This spell was part of a sustained bombardment by Walsh which saw him fire out eight winning naps out of 15 between 9 and 23 June.

Seven of Garry Owen’s 28 naps in June were winners – a haul that included two 4/1 successes at the Royal Meeting (Circus Maximus, 16 June, and Palace Pier, 20 June). However, the stand-out nap of the month was Kameko, 10/1 winner of the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Glendale (The Scotsman) just missed out on a profitable month, despite securing three winning naps from five at Ascot, while West Tip also narrowly missed out, even though his 32% strike-rate, was the equal best of the month.

In the overall tips table, June belonged to Captain Keen of The Irish Independent, who posted a highly commendable 29.6-point profit. That was achieved with a 22% strike-rate and was the outcome of 637 selections. The Irish Sun also posted a healthy 99.9-point profit, but were choosy, making just 199 selections. Credit also to The Guardian – just 9.2 points down having advised 670 selections during the month.

Given the long period of enforced abstinence, June’s action was fast and frenetic, and July follows the same formula. We’ve already had the Derby and Oaks, which for the first time ever, were staged on the same day. Eclipse followed twenty hours later while Newmarket’s July meeting will continue the cavalcade, being staged later this week. Hold onto your hats and keep Napchecker close by.

Date Published: 07/07/2020