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Another table-topping return for in-form Probets


Another table-topping return for in-form Probets

Probets followed June’s table-topping performance with another stella effort in July. Once again, Steve Jones’ service claimed top position in the month’s Besttipping listing and Jones also claimed second place with multiple champion Daily Bargain.

In June, nine of Probets 30 selections prevailed, producing a 5.5-point profit, when other services were struggling following the two-month hiatus. July’s return was even more impressive – ten winners from 30 and a 7.4-point yield.

Daily Bargain earned a 6.0-point profit, narrowly succumbing to their stablemate. But this effort strengthened Daily Bargain’s hand in the overall 2020 Besttipping crown. The defending champion now has a 40.55-point gain for the year, with nearest challenger, Mark Your Card, some way adrift with a 17.22 -point return.

Probets joined Besttipping in 2013 and, despite living in the shadow of Daily Bargain, the service has posted profits in each of the last six years, with 2018’s return of 62 points the highlight.

July’s results showed a remarkable level of consistency with winners arriving at regular intervals. The longest losing sequence was just six, and along with the ten winners, seven other selections came in second or third. Winners included 5/1 Champagne Terri (Ayr, 14 July), 4/1 Erissimus Maximus (Haydock, 3 July), 7/2 River Dawn (Kempton, 1 July), 100/30 The Dancing Poet (Catterick, 15 July) and 3/1 Space Blues (Goodwood, 28 July).

July’s tussle between the two Jones’ service went to the wire; had Daily Bargain’s last day selection, Under The Stars, been successful the finishing positions would have been reversed.

As it was, Under The Stars failed to add to Daily Bargain’s earlier July winners, Salvalas (5/1, Wolverhampton, 2 July), Cape Coast (14/1, Newmarket, 10 July) and Tangled (10/1, Beverley, 17 July).

July was an agonising month for Personal Info Saturday Only: seven selections, six in the first three, but only one in the all-important winning berth. That was Tullybeg (4/5, Bellewstown, 4 July). A little good fortune, and a loss of 3.7 points would have been transformed into a nice profit.

It was a similar scenario with Personal Info. Eleven of the month’s fifteen selections finished in the money but just three got their noses in front with the David O’Meara-trained filly Brazen Belle (2/1, Catterick, 15 July) heading the list.

Mark Your Card began the month slowly, but ended with a flurry, thanks to the 25/1 victory of Melbourne Cup bound Just Hubert in the Goodwood Handicap. This victory made a big hole in Mark Your Card’s July loss, and the Stewards’ Cup success of Summerghand the following day ensured August began profitably.

So, after two hectic months of catch-up, the season is starting to return to something like normal – if you can describe meetings without crowds and jockeys and racecourse staff in masks as normal. York’s Ebor Meeting (19-22 August) is the upcoming highlight while there is plenty on offer for fans of all forms of racing in the next few weeks.