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Sensational Farringdon hammers the bookies

Sensational. That’s the only way to describe Farringdon’s June Napchecker record. Six winning selections out of 28 (21.4% strike-rate) combined to add-up to a monthly return of 25.50 points to a £1 stake. Not surprisingly with such a haul, the Morning Star’s napster finished well clear of the field.

Scout (Daily Express) finished second with a 5.00-point gain while there were also profits for Glendale (The Scotsman), Rob Wright (The Times) and West Tip (Western Morning News).

Despite posting a modest loss, The Sun’s Templegate remains at the top of the 2018 table as nearest rival Robin Goodfellow (Daily Mail) surrendered much of the profits earned in the Spring.

Farringdon’s June success was built around two huge-priced Royal Ascot winners: Settle For Bay (16/1, Royal Hunt Cup, 20 June) and Soldiers Call (12/1, Windsor Castle Stakes, 23 June). Other wins included 7/1 Battle Commence (Hamilton, 6 June) and 13/2 Global Excel (Newbury, 26 June).

Apart from a barren five-day spell at the start of the month, Scout was in great shape, with 13 winning June naps (44% strike-rate). The highlight was the Roger Charlton-trained Melbourne Cup candidate, Withhold, who repeated his Cesarewitch success in the Pitman’s Derby at Newcastle (5/1, 30 June).

Forever Together (7/1, Epsom Downs,) gave Glendale a winner on the opening day of the month. Another six winners followed including 5/1 Sovereign Debt (York, 16 June) and Aljazzi (9/2, Royal Ascot, 20 June). It all added up to a 26% strike-rate and a 3.5-point June profit, which earned third place in the month’s listings.

Rob Wright finished fourth with a 2.5-point yield. Wright began June in blistering form with three winners with his first six naps which included 14/1 Thomas Cranmer (Wetherby, 6 June). Sadly, Wright was unable to sustain this form throughout the rest of the month. However, he has moved up to fourth in the overall 2018 Napchecker table, with a 2.8-point gain.

A sequence of six winning naps out of eight between 10 and 17 June secured a profitable return for West Tip. This run included 5/1 Pirate King, successful at Doncaster on 17 June.

Templegate enjoyed a strong start to June with seven winning naps in the first eighteen days, but things slowed down thereafter and the last dozen days of June saw only one addition to this tally. Nevertheless, thanks to Robin Goodfellow’s disappointing month, the Sun’s napster moves back to the top of the Napchecker Challenge with a six-month profit of 29.2 points. Robin Goodfellow is second with 17.8 points with Patrick Weaver of the Daily Star third on 6.3 points.

A quick glance at the overall tips table for June reveals that The Irish Times posted a 2.5-point profit; a notable effort helped by winners of the calibre of 20/1 Intense Scarlet (Listowel, 3 June), 14/1 Masaff (Leopardstown, 21 June) and 12/1 Cecil Corbett (Downpatrick, 16 June).

Date Published: 09/07/2018