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Each and every day of the racing year we bring you a bumper NAPs table to give you the inside scoop on all the plays you’ll need that day.
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Don’t know what a NAPs table is? We’ll tell you! It’s an independently run competition involving the cream of the British and Irish racing press whose positions in the table are based on their profits to Level Stakes. And just like all sports competitions worldwide, those doing best are towards the top of the table.
So, we decided to put that golden guide to the test and use it to steer you towards what could be a savvy Lucky 15 (4 horses, 15 bets). The four you’ll see below are the selections of some of the top-performing tipsters in the table. Let’s get to the bets…
COPPER KNIGHT won three times last year and he’s gone back up to a lofty mark; however, it may not be beyond him if he’s at the top of his game, and there can be optimism in that regard as he’s won the last two runnings of this race; could be spot on for today after his reappearance seventh at Musselburgh.
EL BODEGON brother to smart 1m2f-1m4f performer Best Solution; contested French Group races on last three starts as 2yo, on last two occasions grinding out clearcut wins in a 1m1f Group 3 at Chantilly and 1m2f Group 1 at Saint-Cloud; in the latter he made all and the runner-up was current Derby favourite Stone Age; all starts have been on softer than good; brings among the best form.
KING OF BAVARIA won at Naas on his two 2yo starts, a 5f maiden (yielding to soft) and 6f nursery (heavy); only fourth of seven in Navan Listed (5.7f, good) on his return and needs to settle better, but that run may have got the freshness out of him and he retains considerable potential for his top Irish yard.
BOLTHOLE made a bright start when winning at Windsor (1m, good to soft) last August; disappointing in conditions event at Newbury in final 2yo run but he returned to action with a creditable effort upped to 1m2f on his handicap debut at Sandown (good; first run after wind surgery) last month; nudged up 2lb for that clear third but he travelled smoothly for a long way in that race and is open to more progress; interesting contender.
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