Isiris are Glorious at Goodwood


With a gain of 87 points – the best monthly return for almost three years – Isiris stormed back to the top of the 2013 Besttipping table. Overall August proved to be a month of plenty with a combined profit of some 144 points from the tipsters involved in the challenge.

            Isiris’ stats make impressive reading. Twenty-nine tips during the five-week review period yielded nine winners at an average winning return of more than 5/1. There were also handsome each-way pay-outs on a number of selections who finished in the money. Overall, 19 of the 29 selections (66%) finished first, second or third.

            Goodwood was a particularly happy hunting ground for the in-from table-topper. Broughton’s victory under Franny Norton in the Gordon Stakes at the festival meeting had Isiris fans in raptures. That 12/1 strike was bettered at the Sussex course’s late August Meeting by the 14/1 victory of La Fortunata, who made all under Jason Tate in the six furlong fillies handicap.

Isiris also enjoyed a cross-code double on 4 August courtesy of Pasture Bay (4/1) at Market Rasen and 6/1 Phaenomena at Newbury.  

Those2oppose continued in fine form, racking up a sixth monthly profit from seven since joining the challenge. This month’s yield, a pleasing 22.6 points, came from just eight bets. Of these, only one failed to earn a return. Three were winners including two 8/1 advices: Fire Ship (28 July, Pontefract) and Artistic Jewel (18 August, also at Pontefract).  So far, Those2oppose have earned a 59.3 point profit in 2013, and an impressive fourth place in the 2013 challenge behind, Isiris, and fellow Besttipping veterans, Steve Jones’ Daily Bargain and PJA National Hunt.

Last month’s table-toppers, PJA National Hunt, had to settle for third place this time around. Nevertheless, a 20.3 point profit is a more than acceptable return. Adopting a selective approach, a total of 29 bets yielded six winners, while seven selections also finished second or third. The 16/1 success of Henry San at Newton Abbot on 3 August proved to be the highlight, with the other five winners ranging in price from 9/2 to 8/1. Only twice in 2013, have PJA’s National Hunt service failed to deliver a monthly profit, meaning they are on target to better last year’s seven profitable months.

Steve Jones, whose Daily Bargain service managed ten profitable months last year, continues to batter the bookies. Despite ceding overall lead in the 2013 challenge, Daily Bargain recorded yet another profitable month with 16/1 Kempton victor Ocean Legend (29 August) leading the way. And Jones’ second service, Probets, was also in the black, thanks to a 12 winner haul (34% strike-rate) with prices up to 11/2.

Haikbidiac, the 9/1 winner of the DBS Premier Yearling Stakes ay York, was highlighted by Richard Dunwoody, as the former champion jump jockey registered another profitable month.

September promises much of interest, with Haydock’s Sprint Cup, the Doncaster St Leger Meeting, the Ayr Gold Cup and the Cambridgeshire all up for grabs. The jumping game also steps up a gear as the stars of the winter slowly emerge from their mid-year breaks.