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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: 001-12211241*14121*3031*3

* = non-runner


May 22: 5.55 Windsor: OUT OF THE FLAMES

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

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 lost (3rd)

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 lost

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 lost (3rd)

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 lost (2nd)

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 - lost (4th)

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 - lost (4th)

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 - lost (2nd)

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 - lost (2nd)

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 - lost (2nd)

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 - lost

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 - lost

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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