The word NAP is used by tipsters to select their best bet of the day. More typical in newspapers, the meaning and origins of the word are widely discussed. The general consensus is that it’s an abbreviation of Napolean, which was shouted out by a player of the old card game when they had an unbeatable hand.
My favourite theory though is that back in 1770, Eclipse was unbeaten on his previous 10 races. A journalist at the time was convinced that the horse could not win an 11th consecutive race, so when compiling the papers racing section, he penned the letters N.A.P next to the horse’s name. When questioned by the editor as to what this typo meant, the journalist exclaimed Not A Prayer. The typo was allowed to stand but the horse, Eclipse, won by many lengths at odds of 1/10!
Another theory is that newspapers in general, never really took racing seriously but had to provide tips to their readers. As most journalists felt this task below them, they would ask the apprentice to run through the card and find the horse with the best chance. NAP, therefore, stood for Newspaper’s Apprentice Pick!
Whatever, the origins of the word NAP, as punters, it’s a great idea to be able to find our own NAP. Over the rest of this article, I will look at a quick and easy way to find your own Newspaper’s Apprentice Pick!
Go here first – https://www.oddschecker.com/market-movers/horse-racing
Select the first two or three horses that have steamed in the market –
In this case, we’ll look at Dragon Mall in the 16:40 Newcastle. Head over to the market and check that this horse is the most backed horse in the race.
Take a price with a BOG bookie and try to do this as early as you can. You’d be surprised how many times you’ll end up on the favourite of the race. Spread your bets around as bookies will soon shut you down if you keep beating the SP.
I appreciate this is a very simple system but we’re relying on the market, which is the most accurate indication of a horse’s chance. By finding these horse’s that are being backed in, we will make money over the long-term.
Before I finish up, there are two selections for the Turbo Winning System –
12:30 Ayr – Caventara
13:00 Ayr – Too Many Chiefs