Horsetalk Wednesday November 24th 2021

Monday was a busy day for winning naps …

Mickle keeps up his good recent form with Lord Caprio, 9/4 (this was the blog’s nap too). Jamie – Sarvi 4/1 – and The Steelman – Steelers Appeal 16/1 – got place returns with their EW naps. Rob J still goes well with Obey The Rules, 13/8, and Stonor’s on the list again with Ten Past Midnight at 7/4. Gforce keeps up his relentless pursuit of the prize with Find The Time at 15/8, his 10th winning nap of the month – rare consistency, GF, especially as you seem to have taken something of a pull in week 2! Well done.

Betfair Naps Table

Starting November 1st 2021, Betfair have kindly agreed to provide two tickets each month to the winner of the naps table for one of their sponsored racedays.

Please post your nap each day using the comments section below this thread. All welcome. You need not post every day and can join in at any point in the month, as one big priced winner could win you the prize, which is settled on the tipster showing the biggest profit at the end the month. But, bear in mind that on days your name does not appear on the Daily Naps Results winners list, you’ll be assumed to have picked a loser.

For example, if at the end of the month your name is on the list once with a 25/1 winner, you will have your £250 profit from that nap deducted from assumed losing stakes for each other day. Assuming a 30-day month, your total stakes would be viewed as £300, returns as £260, for a loss of £40. I hope this makes sense. If you can think of a better way or a way to express this more clearly, please leave a comment below.

You need post only the horse’s name, but feel free to elaborate on your reasons for picking it.

If your selection secures a return – EW naps are allowed – please post the result in the Winners Thread stating it was your nap and mentioning the SP. Non runners will be settled as a break even day.

Profit will be calculated to a £10 stake on each selection. EW selections will be staked at £5EW.

All naps will be settled at SP, so please do not include an early price. This will help maintain clarity and reduce the chances of disputes. We will use standard place rules a la Tattersalls to settle EW naps. Otherwise I need to start checking place offers, non runners affecting it, etc. Doubtless some will suffer because of this, but I think it will even out in the end.

This Site

This site is open to all. It’s free and there’s no need to enrol formally, but if commenting, please choose a username when making your comment.

We discuss horse racing mostly, but have a Lounge if you want to bring up any other subject.

You are welcome to enter our Daily Naps Challenge – a fun competition for which Betfair kindly donates two Raceday tickets every month for the winner.

The rules for the site are basic: be kind to everyone, and please don’t swear. We are not prudes, but we do not have a moderator other than me – Joe McNally, and I don’t want to spend a lot of time monitoring the site. If you see something you want to report, you can do so confidentially using the Contact page.

Finally, there are some hardened and skilled tipsters here and each has their good and bad runs. When one starts a good run, it can seem to the less experienced that all prayers have been answered, and a holy grail of winners has been found. But please never make that assumption. It’s not the way things work in betting, for anyone. Sharks flogging baited tips would have you believe that this holy grail does exist. Well, there is a collective punting experience on this site numbering, I’d say, close to 500 years. Not a single tipster here will tell you that reliable profits can be made from betting racehorses.

So, this is not a mild and dutiful problem betting disclaimer. I’ve been in the business since 1971 and have seen any amount of God’s misery caused by betting beyond means. Punting is a brilliant pastime, but a horrible compulsion, a fantastic servant, but a dreadful master. Never bet more than you can afford to lose with a smile … and there’s plenty of big smiles in small stakes.

Good luck



    1. NR so a wild EW Nap on Macuna 17:45 Kempton came nowhere in last 2 races over 1ml then 7f…now running at 6fl…new jock up …can’t believe hat Milton would have a real donkey in his yard or is it being run at the owner’s insistence? 125/1 with PP and 80/1 Sky


  1. In the Times today the leader has a focus on Hexham being the best place to live in the country. They give a host of reasons why this may be so. Unbelievably the piece excluded High Yarridge -I used to get a signed Christmas card – nor the outlying pleasure palaces aka The Rat and Dipton Mill. Its been a few years since I’ve been, a shocking admission, so I hope I’ll correct that before long. The ramble is because I haven’t a clue today, so I’ll plump for
    Nap 1315 Wetherby Skycutter
    who has attracted plenty of £s which I like to see about one of PK’s and the trainer was winner of top trainer there not so long ago. He’s enough about him to want to achieve that again.


    1. The Rat at Anick is a nice pub, very cosy on a winter evening, but my main watering holes years ago were The Fox, a tiny taproom at the foot of Causey Hill, and the aforementioned Dipton Mill. The latter was where the local hunt used to meet and those mornings the stirrup cup was prepared in the bar and brought out on a tray while the hounds milled about wondering when they were going to move off. The Haydon was very much a farmer’s hunt – not many pink coats apart from the MFH and Whipper In, everyone else wore hacking jackets which don’t show the mud so badly! And many of the hunters would emerge for the back of a scruffy cattle truck rather than a posh horsebox. It definitely wasn’t a toffs’ hunt in those days. The Tynedale (pronounced Tindle) was the posh one, still is. I used to work with the terrier man which is where my love for the Jack Russell was born. He arrived in his Morris 1000 van with four JRs in the back ready for action. Every day is a going day for those dogs. That steep hill down to the dip where the pub is and the bridge over the Dipton Burn – that used to catch drivers out every winter when it was icy. Many a time I was called out to give someone a push – sometimes the driver just used to give up and come in the pub for a warm by the fire. One Old Year’s Night in thick snow we set out to spend the evening with friends way out in the sticks. The road was so bad we had to abandon the car and wade through drifts to seek shelter at the Dipton Mill where an informal lock-in ensued. We didn’t get to first foot our friends until the following afternoon! That same winter I got lost in a whiteout somewhere on the Yarridge road near the race course. I thought I was going to die that afternoon. Then the howling gale abated and I managed to get myself back on what I assumed was the road. I’ve never seen snow like it.

      Hexham is a very different town today. I can imagine this Times leader is focusing on the good transport links and schools, the Abbey founded in the 7th century and the market. The sturdy stone terraced houses are expensive to buy, but are still preferable to all the “executive” housing developments that have sprung up in the Tyne valley and are a blight on the landscape. Then again, I’m not an “executive”. But if they don’t mention the uniquely beautiful race course, then I despair.


  2. Aftertiming..

    A bloody long morning has resulted in the latest of late lunches, still at desk but eating.. and a couple of wagers to help the toasted cheese go down..

    4 bets have been had, singles only and each followed in by a little in running boost.

    Runasuni River @ 12s and 15s; Chagall @ 26s and 35s; Wick Green @14s and 18s and Shighness 22s and 32s.

    Every dog does indeed have its day. If only I’d had a Yankee instead of an extra slice!!


  3. Recently I highlighted a couple of horses with dreary English names to contrast them with the lovely evocative names of so many Irish horses. One of them was the ant-charismatic Near Kettering. I know why he has that name, but it wasn’t a legal obligation and I regard it as a millstone around his neck. To prove my point, he fell at the fifth today. QED.


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