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In the long history of Besttipping has there ever been a finish quite like the one we witnessed in October? With three days action remaining, Mark Your Card had re-established a lead at the head of the 2020 challenge following a month of steady progress. Meanwhile, old adversary Daily Bargain was languishing in the doldrums with the prospect of a heavy monthly loss looming large. But, fast-forward 72-hours and Daily Bargain were celebrating a fourth monthly title of the year after an astonishing recovery achieved with successive winning selections at 7s, 6s and 18/1. (Equating to a 1063/1 treble).

Instead of the anticipated big losing return, Daily Bargain posted a 5-point yield. Mark Your Card had to be content with the runners-up slot (2.25 points up). Personal Info and Personal Info’s Saturday Only service also secured profits during a month that traditionally sets difficult questions.


                    Thursday 29 October, 9AM                                          Mark Your Card… +7.26                          Daily Bargain…... -26.00

                     Saturday 31 October, 5PM                                          Daily Bargain…….+5.00                       Mark Your Card….+2.25

As Daily Bargain has demonstrated time and time again, patience is a virtue that eventually earns its reward. But, how agonising. In Swoop (10/1) finished second at Longchamp (4 October) as did Inner Circle (7/1) two days later. Two more placed selections followed during the next week and 25/1 Sir Ivan earned third place money at Aintree on 25 October. But, as regular readers will know, Daily Bargain’s selections are all advised as win-only.

The thirst for a winner was finally sated at Taunton on 29 October when Crossley Tender (7/1 advice) destroyed the opposition in a handicap chase. The following day it was the turn of eleven-year-old Awake My Soul (6/1 advice) who scored a decisive victory at Newmarket under Tom Queally.

Welcome though these winners were, it still required something special on the last day of October to secure a profitable month for Daily Bargain. And that something special came in the form of Justatenner, who scored a brave win at Ayr. Despite winning the corresponding race in 2019 (and finishing second the year before), Justatenner was sent off a 16/1, but Daily Bargain’s subscribers were alerted to the 18/1 quotes available on the eve of the race.

For the bulk of October, Mark Your Card were top dog. Blistering Barney (6/1) and Motahassen (16/1) both won at Redcar on 3 October while Night Commander (7/1, Hereford, 13 October), Tegerek (12/1, Cheltenham, 23 October) and Rob Royal (9/1, Kelso, 24 October) maintained the momentum.  A final day victory, which would have secured October’s crown, proved elusive but a third consecutive month of profit was secured and that means that Mark Your Card now boast a 2020 profit of 63.81 points. Just ten points adrift of Daily Bargain – the race to be champion remains firmly in the balance.

For Personal Info, October witnessed a 1.25-point yield. The month began and ended with winning selections: Getaway Trump (6/4, Warwick, 1 October), Existent (5/2, Newmarket, 3 October) and Cyrname (4/1, Wetherby, 31 October).  In all seven out of 13 race bets yielded returns.

Thanks to that last day success of the Paul Nicholls-trained Cyrname, Personal Info’s Saturday-Only service also notched an October profit – the sixth such return of 2020.

Twenty-one of Probets 29 selections in October made the first three with seven claiming first place including 9/2 Memphis Bell (Ffos Las, 18 October). The end result was a small loss, which would have been erased had any one of five second-placed selections stepped up.

With jumping now claiming centre-stage, November is packed with decent contests, while the early Cheltenham Festival clues will inevitably start to emerge. With racing surviving the latest COVID lockdown, there’s much to look forward to over the next few weeks.  So, stay safe and enjoy November’s action.