Daily Horse Racing Tips

Running Total

Number of tips Winners Strike Rate Profit/Loss Winning Streak
1142 378 33.1% +198.62 1

Today's Nap

Date Horse Odds Stake Bookmaker Race
30th July Al 11/8 1 point  William Hill (£20 Free Bet) 17:10 Newmarket 

Today's bet comes from Newmarket where in the 5:10 Al should be hard to beat. He's only had one run this season and can be expected to step up on that today. He had two three year olds ahead of him last time and they get a nice allowance so it was no shame in losing to them particularly if he lacked match fitness. He's won over course and distance before and this race looks an easy enough prospect.

 

Horse Racing Nap History

Date Horse Race Odds Result
29th July Poet's Word 17:30 Goodwood 11/4 WIN  
28th July Rhododendron 16:20 Goodwood 11/8 UR  
27th July Afjaan 17:25 Goodwood 5/2 6th  
26th July Pure Art 17:30 Goodwood 11/4 4th  
25th July Symposium 19:00 Windsor 10/3 3rd  
24th July Love Marmalade 14:50 Pontefract 5/2 2nd  
23rd July Equimou 17:20 York 7/2 2nd  
22nd July Bermondsey 16:05 Ascot 1/1 6th  
21st July Tripartite 16:45 Sandown 11/8 2nd  
20th July Touch The Sky 20:05 Sandown 7/4 4th  
19th July Magical Effect 19:10 Nottingham 4/1 2nd  
18th July Bunbury 20:50 Windsor 5/2 WIN  
17th July Blagapar 17:05 Stratford 2/1 WIN  
16th July Taqaareed 15:50 Newmarket 4/1 9th  
15th July Pandar 17:15 Newbury 2/1 3rd  
14th July Toffee Apple 17:15 Hamilton 9/4 NR  
13th July Afjaan 15:00 Lingfield 15/8 2nd  
12th July Papa Luigi 15:05 Bath 11/4 2nd  
11th July Mytimehascome 20:30 Windsor 11/8 3rd  
10th July GVS Irportensa 18:00 Southwell 10/11 2nd  
9th July Gershwin 16:25 Ascot 2/1 2nd  
8th July Blair House 14:20 Newmarket 7/2 10th  
7th July Bastille Day 19:10 Epsom 3/1 WIN  
6th July Capolavaro 17:45 Kempton 5/2 4th  
5th July Stardrifter 17:10 Pontefract 10/3 3rd  
4th July Harlequin Striker 20:05 Windsor 5/2 5th  
3rd July Roderick Random 14:05 Market Rasen 7/4 PU  
2nd July Threat Assessed 13:45 Haydock 5/4 2nd  
1st July Thaqaffa 19:45 Beverley 2/1 WIN  
30th June Hatsaway 18:10 Epsom 2/1 WIN  

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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