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Racing UK - Daily Naps from The Score!

Thursday 27 April 2017

Racing UK has entered the Racing Post Naps table for the first time. Our best bet of the day, under the name of The Score, will compete against 50 regional and national members of the media from all over Britain.

A notional £1 is placed on the nap of each competitor every day and the winner, in November, is the one who shows the most profit. The table is displayed in the Racing Post on a daily basis, as well as being on its website.

Racing UK will publish a nap for the next day’s racing by 5pm on the website. For transparency, you will be able to view all our selections.

The new competition, when Racing UK will be included, starts on Friday and, win, lose or draw, we will also record how our naps fared. 

The Score’s naps will be provided by Geoffrey Riddle, our Website & Digital Content Manager, and Andy Stephens, Website & Social Media Content Editor.

Stephens won the Naps table about 20 years ago when he was Sports Editor for the Evening Echo, based in Basildon and Southend, but he only took part in one more competition before moving to The Times soon after. He worked for the latter paper 17 years until joining Racing UK in May of last year.

He said: “It’s exciting to be competing in the Naps table once again - now all we need to do is find some winners! Hopefully, The Score will hit the target on a regular basis.”

Riddle added: “We are grateful to the Racing Post for allowing us to take part. Let’s hope we can give all the other tipsters a run for their money.”

Stephens and Riddle launched the “How To Bet £20 column” on Racing UK in June last year.

Since then, anyone who took all the advice given would be about £2,300 in profit.

How the naps have run: 881(MAY)12211241*14121*3031*31117263524(JUNE)5101332241585781722700401

Overall record up to and including June 27: Selections* 58. Winners 17. Seconds 11. Profit/loss: +£0.57.

 excluding non-runners

Position in table (out of 52 entrants): 13th.

* = non-runner


June 28: 3.30 Carlisle: PENSAX BOY

Won at Carlisle on first start for this yard on his return and anotherbold bid on cards.

June 27: 2.00 Beverley: ARABIAN JAZZ - 2nd at 11-10

Kept on well when third over 6f latest and this step up to an extended 7f should suit admirably. 

June 26: 6.50 Windsor:  MESHAYKH - 4th at 11-4

Pushed up 8lb for winning at Leicester but should be plenty more to come and Ryan Moore agan in the saddle.

 June 25: 4.00 Pontefract: AKAVIT - WON 3-1

Consistent stayer who promises to be well served by the demands of this stiff track.

June 24 5.00 Royal Ascot: CERTIFICATE - unplaced at 16-1

Classy 7f performer promises to be well served by fast-run 6f with david Egan taking a handy 5lb off his back.

June 23: 3.40 Royal Ascot: BOUND FOR NOWHERE - 4th at 10-1

Unbeaten American challenger has been impressing with Lady Aurelia in his work and worth risking at double-figure odds.

June 22: 5.00 Royal Ascot: KEYSER SOZE- unplaced at 8-1

Impressive in winning both his starts since being gelded. Rise of 10lb should not stop him and distance of a mile should be within his compass. Available at 22-1.

June 21: 5.00 Royal Ascot: BOSSY GUEST - unplaced at 16-1

Frustrating to follow but his two runs since being gelded suggest it is only a matter of time before he wins a decent prize. Silvestre De Sousa rides and 25-1 is generous.

June 20: 3.05 Royal Ascot: ROMANISED - 7th at 12-1

Won in really taking style on his debut and the form has been franked. Looks too big at 16-1.

June 19: 6.15 Windsor: INDIAN WARRIOR - 2nd at 2-1

Ran really well when close third over course and distance latest and a repeat of that effort may suffice. 

June 18: 4.15 Salisbury: BILLESDON BROOK - 2nd at 10-11

Has offered plenty in previous two starts and this looks a good opportunity to get off the mark.

June 17: Sandown 2.40 EQUIMOU - 7th at 6-1

Progressive filly who won in fluent fashion at Hamilton last time. Favoured by the conditions of the race and overpriced at a general 11-2.

June 16: York 1.50: TULIP FEVER - WON at 5-2

Shaped like a certain future winner when a staying-on third at Nottingham on her debut.

June 15: 6.35 Haydock: ADAM'S ALE - 8th at 3-1

Impressive winner over 6f at Haydock on his first start for new yard. Drops back to 5f here but that should not be a problem and he can go in again.

June 14: 3.10 Yarmouth: POSEIDON - 7th at 11-2

Showed ability in three starts last ter, especially on second start behind Eminent, and on a fair mark for handicap bow up in trip.

June 13: 4.00 Salisbury: KIND OF BEAUTY - 5th at 8-1

Offered plenty in two starts last term and open to plenty of improvement stepping up to 1m2f.

June 12: 2.00 Ayr: POIGNANT - 8th at 4-1

Has bumped into some smart early-season sorts in his three races and can make thyat experience count.

June 11: 4.25 Curragh: TITUS - 5th at 6-1

Looked one to follow when beating Venice Beach on his only start as a two-year-old. Type to do well this term.  

June 10: 4.05 Haydock: ABSOLUTELY SO - WON 6-1

Won as well as he has ever done when touched over course and distance latest. Repeat of that form may sufffice and proven in mud.

June 9: 6.50 Haydock: RED FORCE ONE - 4th at 5-4

Shaped with plenty of promise when runner-up on York debut. Winner has subsequently run well at Epsom and softish groiund no problem.  

June 8: 6.00 Sandown: VALIDATOR - 2nd at 1-2

Confimed debiut promise when scoring readily at Chester. Favourably drawn and can follow up.

June 7: 4.00 Uttoxeter: HORACE HAZEL- 2nd at 2-1

Hinted his turn was close again when a close third at Stratford latest. Should not be inconvenienced by shorter trip and opposition lacks depth.

June 6: 2.10 Wetherby: DONTGIVEUPONBOB - 3rd at 8-13

Confirmed debut promiuse when making bold bid at York latest. Good chance of making it third time lucky.

June 5: 7.40 Windsor: ICE AGE - 3rd at 7-2

Tremendously consistent performer who again did little wrong in defeat at Newbury last time. Must go well again off the same mark. 

June 4: 3.15 Perth: ATTEST - WON 100-30

Remains lightly raced and can complete hat-trick after convincing success at Warwick last month.

June 3: 4.30 Epsom: SALOUEN - unplaced at 33-1

Twice placed in Group 1 company as a two-year-old and open to more improvement stepping up in distance. Chalked up at 66-1 at the time of writing and has much better chance than that.

June 2: 2.35 Epsom: GK CHESTERTON - WON 3-1

Front-runner arrives here at the top of his game and might easily get softish lead. First-time cheekpieces can help keep his mind on job

June 1: 2.10 Lingfield: SHE BELIEVES - 5th at 11-10

Bumped into the very smart Main Desire on her debut and can go one better despite wide draw.


May 31: 4.30 Beverley: MONSIEUR GLORY - 4th at 9-4

Creditable third on first start/seasonal reappearance for this yard at Yarmouth. Should be sharper here and visor equipped.

May 30: 2.40 Lingfield: MULZIM - 2nd at 7-2

Won on his handicap debut last time at Wolverhampton despite racing a bit keenly. More to come and can defy a 3lb rise in the weights.

May 29: 12.45 Redcar: STAR OF ZAAM - 5th at 6-1

Might have won on his debut at Ripon but for his jockey dropping his reins in closing stages. It was still a highly promising debut and he looks sure to progress.

May 28: 2.20 Curragh: DEAUVILLE - 3rd at 4-1

Running over his optimum trip and will get the fast ground her relishes. Confirmed wellbeing with win at Chester last time and the front-runner should get run of things.

May 27: 4.05 Haydock: WASHINGTON DC - 6th at 3-1

Solid form claims and should get the strong gallop that suits his hold-up style.

May 26: 4.55 Goodwood: VIBRANT CHORDS - 2nd at 5-1

Was a ready winner over 5f at Goodwood last time and can click again at the Sussex track. Rise of 4lb fair enough for latest effort and return to 6f will be no problem.

May 25: 1.50 Catterick: SEEN THE LYTE - 7th at 7-2

Did a bit too much, too soon, when a close third at Thirsk on her debut - still being last off the bridle. Well drawn and can make the most of the weight Time Trail must concede.

May 24: 2.30 Yarmouth: ADJECTIVE - WON 2-1

This well-bred filly did not set the world alight in three starts for Andre Fabre last year but very interesting on her debut for James Fanshawe off a mark of just 69.

May 23: 3.00 Nottingham: COEUR DE LION - WON Evens

Developed into a smart juvenile hurdler for Alan King during the winter and unexposed as a stayer on the Flat. Copes well with soft ground.

May 22: 5.55 Windsor: OUT OF THE FLAMES - WON 2-7

Shaped like a certain future winner when third at Ascot and sets standard for others to aim at.

May 21: 3.15 Naas: SIMMY'S COPSHOP - 3rd at 3-1

The form of his debut win at Nottingham could not be working out better and he is one to keep the right side of.

May 20: 3.50 Newmarket: DI FEDE - NR

Shaped really well under sympathetic handling when beaten a couple of lengths into fifth at Salisbury and should relish this stiffer test of stamina.

May 19: 2.20 York: MAIN DESIRE - WON 4-1

Very professional when winning on her debut at Nottingham and, if handling the slower surface, will take plenty of beating.

May18: 5.50 Newmarket: GOLD FILIGREE - 3rd at 6-1

Grey filly made a most promising debut at Windsor and likely to know more about what is required this time. 

May 17: 3.30 York: BRANDO - unplaced at 5-2

Developed into top-notch sprinter last term and shouldbe spot-on for this after winning on his return at Newmarket. Ground should bei deal for him after rain and receives weight from the returning The Tin Man.

May 16: 8.10 Chepstow: EOLIAN - 3rd at 9-2

Best effort last year came on soft ground and, with plenty more rain forecast, should again get those conditions. Also open to improvement up in trip on his first start for the in-form Andrew Balding yard. 

May 15: 7.20 Windsor: MITCHUM SWAGGER - NR

Classy miler who shaped most encouragingly on his return at Sandown last month. Can build on that and any rain that falls - some is forecast to fall at the track on Monday morning - will help him.

May 14: 2.55 Curragh: ACAPULCO - WON 11-8

Crack sprinter who can hit the deck running on his first start for Aidan O'Brien, having previously been trained by Wesley Ward.

May 13: 4.00 Ascot: GEORGE WILLIAM - 2nd at 8-1

Close fourth in Spring Mile at Newbury last time when betrayed by a sluggish start. Only 1lb higher, he can gain valuable compensation.

May 12: 6.00 Ripon: STARLIGHT MYSTERY - WON 2-1

Speedy filly who confirmed debut promise with a decisive success at Brighton last time. Has the size and scope to defy a penalty.

May 11: 4.05 Chester: DAHIK - 4th at 4-6

Made a most promising debut at Doncaster when pegged back close home. Will take plenty of stopping this time from a favourable draw. 

May 10: 1.50 Chester: YOGI'S GIRL - WON 4-1

Showed plenty of pace when making all at Windsor last time and ideally drawn to repeat the dose here. Form of the Windsor race upheld by the third and fourth. 

May 9: 5.00 Ayr: DUNCAN OF SCOTLAND - NR

Looked a much-improved performer when making all over 6f at Ayr on Monday (today) and trainer keen to strike again before handicapper has his say. Up to a mile but promises to stay and opposition ordinary.

May 8: 2.00 Ayr: HAVANA GREY - WON 4-7

Shaped like a certain future winner when touched off on his debut and the speedy grey can put that experience to good use.

May 7: 3.35 Newmarket: TALAAYEB - 4th at 11-1

Impressed when winning her maiden at Newmarket last autumn and ina racecourse workout at the track last month. Thrown in at the deep end but worth risking at double-figure odds. 

May 6: 2.20 Newmarket: WASHINGTON DC - 2nd at 100-30

Has developed into a very smart sprinter and arrives here fit and in form. Likes to pounce from off the pace and, with front-runners either side of him, should have things teed up. 

May 5: 2.30 Musselbugh: FAITHFUL PROMISE - WON 2-1

Looked the likely winner most of the way on his debut at Ripon but was worried out of it close home. With that experience under her belt, she can go one better.

May 4: 4.10 Lingfield: HORROOB - WON 9-4

Confirmed the promise of his York debut when, heavily backed, thumping the 79-rated Mr Tyrell in a 7f maiden at Lingfield last month. Back to the scene of that success and a mark of 86 for his handicap bow may prove lenient.

May 3: 2.35 Ascot: ICESPIRE - 2nd at Evens

Looked an exciting prospect when winning on her debut over 7f at Salisbury in the autumn; winning easily despite a sluggish start. More on plate here but can prove equal to the task for in-form team.

May 25.00 Yarmouth: ACROSS DUBAI - 2nd at 8-13

The well-related Dante/Derby entry looked a decent prospect when brushing aside the long odds-on Dubai Horizon at Lingfield last autumn. Form since been franked and a mark of 84 probably underplays him. 

May 1: 4.55 Windsor: STERNRUBIN - WON 5-4

Has developed into a smart handicap hurdler since he was last seen on the Flat. Looks favourably treated on his return to the level in an ordinary race.


April 30: 4.30 Salisbury: THE TARTAN SPARTAN - WON 3-1

Remains unexposed as a stayer and shaped with plenty of encouragement when third to his stablemate, Carbon Dating, at Musselburgh this month. Entitled to be sharper and runs off the same mark.

April 29: 3.35 Sandown: THE DRUIDS NEPHEW - 8th at 6-1

Able to race off a mark 10lb lower than when fifth in the race last year. Ran better than bare form suggests at Cheltenham last time and first-time visor equipped. 

April 28: 3.30 Sandown: KOOL KOMPANY - 8th at 9-2

Finished with a flourish to land the Doncaster Mile on his return this month and a repeat of that effort might suffice. Versatile regards tactics and, in a race where there is no obvious front-runner, hopefully he will not sit too far off the pace. 


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