What is a NAP selection and how do horse racing tipsters pick their best bet of the day?
A NAP bet is a term which crops up often in horse racing, and it is used by most racing tipsters in newspapers, on TV, and through social media tipping websites found on Twitter or Facebook.
The term NAP relates to a tipster’s single most fancied selection running that day, and often would be the subject of that tipster’s biggest single bet. The term signifies confidence in the selection by the tipster, although it is worth remembering that while confidence may be high in the horse to win its’ race, it is not always a banker to do so and can be beaten – just as any other horse.
WHERE TO FIND NAPS
Some newpapers and online horse racing portals publish daily NAPs tables
and Channel 4 tips
detailing the selections of several of the top newspaper, TV, and online tipsters, along with their profit and loss throughout the season.
Using this information regularly can help punters pinpoint those tipsters who are in form, and those who find themselves languishing on the cold list!
WHERE TO BACK NAPS
Once a NAP bet has been selected, the selection can be backed in any high street bookmaker shop, and there is bound to be one close by. Alternatively, the selection can be backed on any of the online bookmaker websites, such as Bet365
, Paddy Power
Look out for special offers available through online bookmakers, where it could be possible to back the selection and receive free bets in return, potentially along with bet winnings! Offers such as best odds guaranteed which many online bookmakers give as standard now could see enhanced returns, while others may offer price boosts or increased odds during specific times.
Many punters allow the price of the NAP to dictate how they place their bet. For shorter priced NAPs, they may bet to win; while slightly longer NAPs may be bet each-way, or simply to place in their respective race in order to reap a smaller profit.
Punters don’t have to bet on a NAP selection everyday; indeed many roll over their winning from one day to the next, betting only when confidence is highest that the NAP will win.
PICKING A NAP
While there are no hard or fast rules to picking a NAP selection, everyone will have their own methods of arriving at their best bet of the day. For some, it will be via a popular newspaper tipster who perhaps has shown some good form in previous days; for others it might involve hours of form study and watching video re-runs to arrive at a selection.
On days where there is plenty of horse racing taking place, where there may be upwards of fifty races going to post – on some Bank Holidays or busy weekends there could be as many as one hundred races – narrowing down the types of races that could be unlikely to yield a NAP, such as races which feature very short odds-on favourites, or a field of unraced juveniles can help tighen the search.
Some things to consider when selecting a NAP could include:
- The ground conditions – has the horse shown any decent form on the prevailing ground conditions.
- The distance – has the horse shown any decent form over the distance? Horses which are stepping up or down in trip could be worth paying particular attention to.
- The course – the old saying ‘horses for courses’ is always worth bearing in mind, and some horses prefer racing on one type of course to another and may show better form. Of course, plenty are versatile enough to cope with most tracks, but it is always worth bearing in mind, especially if a horse has disappointed on a similar track in the past. Previous course winners are always worth noting.
- The handicap – if applicable, a horse could be dropping down one or more classes in the handicap, perhaps having struggled at their present level. This could leave them well-handicapped against their rivals who may be stepping up in class or have found their level within the class they compete.
There is so much to consider that picking a NAP isn’t an easy task. Some even rely simply on gut instinct rather than any scientific method, such as form study.
WHERE DOES THE NAME ‘NAP’ COME FROM?
There isn’t a definitive explanation why the term ‘NAP’ is used to signify a best bet of the day.
However, the most common explanation suggests that the term has been taken from the French card game ‘Napoleon’ , which is commonly shortened to ‘Nap’. In that game, players bid to win tricks with the highest bid being called a Napoleon, or Nap Hand.