Daily Horse Racing Tips

Running Total

Number of tips Winners Strike Rate Profit/Loss Winning Streak
1070 356 33.27% +201.00 0

Today's Nap

Date Horse Odds Stake Bookmaker Race
26th May Intilaaq 13/8 1 point  William Hill (£20 Free Bet) 19:40 Sandown 

Today's bet comes from Sandown where in the 7:40 Intilaaq should be hard to beat. He gets 5lbs from the second favourite and his only real credible rival Time Test. They are rated similarly so that should be too much for Time Test. He's an uncomplicated ride and although he failed in Meydan any horse can be forgiven that. He will prefer this track and the smaller field will allow him to get prominent. He's not top class but should be good enough for this standard.

 

Horse Racing Nap History

Date Horse Race Odds Result
25th May Spiriting 16:00 Lingfield 11/4 5th  
24th May Clumber Street 15:45 Wolverhampt. 7/4 3rd  
23rd May The Tin Man 19:15 Windsor 11/4 WIN  
22nd May Nam Hai 14:50 Nottingham 9/4 WIN  
21st May Bateel 14:50 Goodwood 5/2 5th  
20th May Persuasive 14:55 Goodwood 6/5 WIN  
19th May Thaqaffa 15:30 Goodwood 5/2 2nd  
18th May Mahfooz 14:55 Bath 15/8 2nd  
17th May Cryptic 15:25 Lingfield 6/4 8th  
16th May Michael's Mount 15:45 Brighton 11/4 6th  
15th May Sagely 16:45 Ripon 2/1 WIN  
14th May Opposition 16:45 Newmarket 15/8 WIN  
12th May Journey 14:40 York 7/4 3rd  
11th May Magical Memory 15:15 York 5/2 WIN  
10th May Orewa 14:30 Beverley 5/4 WIN  
9th May Michael's Mount 20:20 Windsor 9/4 NR  
8th May Hindon Road 17:00 Plumpton 3/1 NR  
7th May Don't Touch 15:55 Haydock 11/8 WIN  
6th May Dartmouth 15:10 Chester 13/8 WIN  
5th May Western Hymn 14:40 Chester 6/5 2nd  
4th May Copper Knight 14:10 Chester 11/4 WIN  
3rd May Royal Bajan 17:25 Brighton 9/4 6th  
2nd May Somethingthrilling 16:00 Windsor 11/8 4th  
1st May Oceanographer 13:50 Newmarket 5/2 4th  
30th April Abdon 16:55 Newmarket 5/1 2nd  
29th April Jer's Girl 18:05 Punchestown 2/1 WIN  
28th April Lorelei 14:20 Lingfield 7/4 2nd  
27th April Dawn Of Hope 14:45 Ascot 11/4 WIN  
26th April D'Niro 17:40 Lingfield 2/1 3rd  
25th April Wave Reviews 18:00 Windsor 11/8 2nd  

How to pick your nap

Talk to any serious punter and the most important aspect of betting for them is their staking. Striking the balance between how strongly you fancy a horse and how far away you believe the price to be from a horse's true chance of winning is a challenge that will remain constant throughout everyone's betting life. This is where the term NAP comes from. It stands for 'not a problem', i.e. a certainty. Now obviously there is no such thing as a certainty in any sport, look at MK Dons vs Manchester United, Ivanisevic at Wimbledon or Foinaven in the Grand National. These are just a few examples of sporting shocks and highlight that there are no certainties in the sporting world. Obviously, this is all part of the attraction of these sports and why the Premier League is the most popular club league in the world and why horse racing is one of the most popular betting mediums in the world. With racing you have the control to decide your betting fate however there are a number of outcomes; anything can happen - and it usually does, to borrow a phrase from the great Murray Walker. For the considered bettor you have to factor that into calculations and even if a horse is NAP material one can never use their entire bank/budget on one outcome.

Most punters will work to a staking plan with a number of 'points' in their bank. A standard bet would be one point but some punters may go as high as five points on one they really fancy, these would be their NAPs. There are no specific rules for what makes a horse NAP material, however the longer you bet, the more you get a nose for a strong bet over a bet with more risks. Ironically though, younger punters can do better when betting with NAPs as they tend to be less risk adverse than their older contemporaries and therefore will take more of a chance on their fancied runner which, assuming they are a good judge, leads to a better profit.

What goes into picking a NAP out?

The beauty of horse racing is the large number of variables. There are too many list and pretty much every punter in the land will only focus on one or two areas where they have been successful in the past. Some take an analytical approach and there are numerous methods such as form study, speed figures, handicapping, race trends and dosage which are all interesting subjects but not for everyone. Others will prefer to visit the tracks, these are usually professionals who can afford that life of luxury through their punting. The advantage they have is they will be tuned into the whispers and latch onto market movers earlier. Some punters will meticulously watch racing replays looking for anything which suggests a horse was unlucky and better than the paper form. There are also the less serious punters who are more happy to just enjoy a bet, they will go by gut instinct or use tipsters to guide them towards a bet.

The sheer breadth of punting styles means it's impossible to truly define a NAP but to us it means a horse who has the trip, going and form in their favour. We also like to look for something the bookies may have missed as to me there might be horses with a better chance of winning than my NAP but the odds reflect that. No one will ever be able to take into account every factor in a horse race, even bookmakers tend to offer themselves a fairly large over-round to cover themselves. As punters we don't have that advantage but we do have the advantage of not having to bet every horse unlike a bookmaker. We can cherry pick the best odds and the most stand out prices can be considered our NAPs.

From our perspective, one example would be that bookmakers often over price smaller stables and foreign horses. That's not to say they are always value but if you can latch onto a good horse in a small stable then the profit is much greater and in a way more rewarding. Coneygree in the Gold Cup would be an example of this; a beast of a horse who murdered his rivals in the same style of Denman but with the odds much more generous. Obviously the risk with smaller stables is their horses are never as consistent so that needs to be factored in. The bigger stables are harder to NAP but they offer more opportunities, simply because they have more horses running. Often a big trainer will get their horse to run up a sequence, and the time to latch onto that is early on. You will find that flat horses just out of maidens require a bit more guesswork for bookmakers as they haven't reached their full potential yet. Using breeding and replays of their earlier race you can learn to spot when a horse has a real chance of improving.

The best guidance that we can offer is to make your own decisions, listen to what others say but don't always follow if you feel something is missing. No one will ever be correct 100% of the time, indeed, in racing you don't even have to be right more often than not to make a profit.

One 3/1 shot from 3 bets is a profit!

The goal is to make a profit and the only way to do that is by beating the odds and making the most of it when that stand out bet, or in other words a NAP, comes along

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