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Our expert looks through all the races being staged on day two of the Punchestown Festival and picks out a prime contender in the Grade One Novice Hurdle as his NAP of the day with Paddy Power.

The Gold Cup highlights day two of the Punchestown Spring Festival, but there are several other contests for punters to sink their teeth into. The first Grade One on the card is the Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle and our expert has selected a prime contender in that three miler as his NAP of the day with Paddy Power.

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4:55pm Punchestown Irish Daily Mirror Novice Hurdle (Grade One) 3m



Delta Work and Blow By Blow were both victorious at the Cheltenham Festival. Jack Kennedy has decided Martin Pipe winner, Blow By Blow is Gordon Elliott’s best chance, but both have plenty to prove in level-weighted company.

Next Destination recovered well from some early mistakes to pass the post third behind Samcro and subsequent Grade One winner, Black Op in the Ballymore at Cheltenham. While he looks open to progression over this new distance, KILBRICKEN STORM is a proven Grade One winner over three miles and his current price looks extremely attractive.

Colin Tizzard’s charge carried a 33/1 price tag into the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham and was barely mentioned in the build-up to the race. Harry Cobden kept his mount prominent throughout and - with two hurdles to jump - he made his move, powering away from the competition to claim a terrific three length victory.

Many punters will have been kicking themselves for missing out on that huge starting price. After all, Kilbricken Storm had won over course-and-distance in a key trial for the Albert Bartlett earlier in the season and the seven-year-old was bound to enjoy the softer ground. His lengthy defeat in the Challow may have put some off – myself included – but in hindsight, Tizzard may regret sending his novice to Newbury just two weeks after his triumph in that Cheltenham trial.

The form of Kilbricken Storm’s victory in the Albert Bartlett was backed up at Aintree, as third-placed Santini won the Sefton, with Ok Corral and Tower Bridge – who finished second and fifth at Cheltenham – registering top five finishes. The new surroundings of Punchestown won’t be too unfamiliar for this former Irish point-to-point and Kilbricken Storm has an emphatic victory on a right-handed track to bolster his sizeable claims.


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What does NAP mean?

he world of horse racing can be a confusing place for punters, full of confusing jargon and unfamiliar terminology. The phrase NAP is one you will come across a lot when reading tips in newspapers and other horse racing publications. Yet, some people will still be unaware what the term NAP actually mean.

As with most things involving gambling, the origins of the phrase NAP come from France. More specifically, a French card game called Napolean. In Napolean, the best hand in the game is called a Napolean, but wanting to save time, players simply refer to is as Nap.

The term NAP holds a similar meaning in horse racing as it did in the card game it was derived from. Any tipster on any given day will assigned the tag of NAP, or NAP of the day to the horse he feels has the best chance of winning or the horse he thinks offers punters with the best value for money.

So, if you see those three words appear next to the name of a horse, you should take notice, as tipsters are always deadly serious about their NAPs!

NAPS as part of a multiple bet

NAP may now be part of you horse racing vocabulary, but there are couple of other acronyms that might still be confusing you. While NAP will crop up on practically every horse racing tipping page, the letters NB and T won’t be far behind. 

Where a NAP is a tipster’s best bet of the day, the term NB stands for Next Best, meaning that selection is second only to a pundit’s NAP. T represents the word Treble and is the third leg of that tipster’s three-fold accumulator containing a their NAP and their next best bet.

A treble is a popular type of bet in all forms of sports betting and is an extremely common form of wager in horse racing. A treble is an accumulator consisting of three selections and the bet can be placed straight win or each-way. All three legs of the accumulator have to win – or place if you have backed the bet each-way – for you to receive any pay-out, but the return you will pocket would be much more significant than if you had backed the three horses individually.

Given an expert’s NAP, and even their NBs, are likely to carry short prices to post, it makes sense to team them up with an third horse – usually labelled T - to help punters maximise their profits by backing the trio as a treble.

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