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Standing among the selection of immensely popular methods of betting on horse racing, Daily NAP predictions are something you’re likely to find on most tipster websites. The option of a Nap of the Day allows bettors to see an experienced betting website’s choice for what they recognise as being the best horse tip from the current day’s racing action, with it possessing enough of a record to be rated as the most likely to win out of all horses running.
Newcomers to betting on horse racing might be tempted to make a double, treble, or accumulator, with the option of backing your bets each-way if you’re aiming to be especially careful while you find your feet. A Nap of the Day is something that’s only worth considering if you’re betting with an extensive knowledge of the sport, as it has to be picked with a complete understanding of horse racing. If you now feel ready to make your own, it’s best to know exactly how they work, and getting past the myths surrounding them would boost your chances of securing a winner.
You’re looking for value
Whether a Nap of the Day has been used to show consistency in winning one every day, or if it’s simply provided occasionally in order to prove that the person making it is capable of winning the bets they’re offering, you’re unlikely to find large odds for this type of bet. The point of them is to win a single horse bet, and more often than not, this won’t be met by odds much over evens, sometimes even going as low as 1/10, with the primary intention always being to find a winner regardless of the price.
Each horse must be at distinctly low odds
While you’re not looking for value with the horse you pick for your Nap of the Day, it’s just as important that you don’t go for low odds for the sake of it. All horse bets you make need to be based on statistics, form, records, and reasoning, or they’re likely to lose before they’ve even left the stables; your nap needs to be chosen with the same level of detail. Bookmakers don’t always price their markets based on how likely they think they are to win, with it often being down to the number of bets placed on them, meaning that you can’t always rely on the odds.
NAPs are certain to win
A lot of people who back a Nap of the Day will be left with no choice but to assume that the specific horse is certain to win their next race. The odds can back up why a horse is so likely to win – and with help from statistics and reasoning, it can seem like a definite winner – but no bet is every guaranteed to win, and you need to remember that before staking any of your own money.
We’re now just two months away from the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and excitement is growing in the horse racing community. The highlight of the Festival is, as it always has been, the Magners Gold Cup – which takes place on the fourth and final day of the meeting.
Native River and Might Bite went to war in the 2018 renewal, with the former just about coming out on top after a superb round of jumping. Both horses will feature in 2019 but it may be worth looking elsewhere in the betting. Here are a few of the leading fancies.
Trained by Pat Kelly, Presenting Percy already has two Cheltenham Festival wins under his belt. The ante-post Gold Cup favourite emerged victorious on his seasonal reappearance at Gowran Park and many fans believe he is the horse to beat ahead of March’s meeting.
The manner of his RSA Chase success in 2018 was outstanding and plenty of punters will be expecting to see Presenting Percy in the winner’s enclosure on Gold Cup day. With trusted jockey Davy Russell onboard, Presenting Percy could be set to claim the biggest prize in National Hunt racing.
Like Presenting Percy, Thistlecrack has course and distance winning experience – write him off at your peril. He hasn’t quite lived up to the hype since making the switch to fences but Thistlecrack is still a dangerous contender. If he improves on his jumping, he will be right in the mix as they approach the final few fences.
You’d be hard pressed to find a horse with a bigger engine – his speed and stride between fences is something else. Colin Tizzard seemed happy enough with his efforts after finishing less than two lengths behind Clan Des Obeaux in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.
If you’re looking purely at form, Kemboy is the horse to back. Trained by Willie Mullins, the 7-year-old made light work of his rivals at Leopardstown in December – beating fellow Gold Cup contender Road To Respect by close to eight lengths. On that performance, it is hard to look past Kemboy.
However, Mullins’ poor record in the Gold Cup may tempt punters to look elsewhere. He is yet to win the Festival showpiece, with his trained runners finishing second. Cheltenham betting odds have Kemboy at 6/1 but does he have what it takes to win at Prestbury Park?
Clan Des Obeaux
It would be fair to claim that Clan Des Obeaux’s Boxing Day win at Kempton Park sent shockwaves across the racing world. Harry Cobden gave him a superb ride to earn Paul Nicholls a 10th King George VI Chase success – connections were overjoyed after another solid showing in the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park.
The big question is this: can Clan Des Obeaux do it on the biggest stage of all? Winning at the Cheltenham Festival is no easy feat and even the best horses can wobble at Prestbury Park. He’s in this one on merit and must have a lively chance on that Boxing Day effort.