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Isiris grab 50/1 National win, but Middleton rule the world


The remarkable Grand National triumph of Rule The World helped Isiris win Besttipping’s April crown. But, with Isiris’ sister service Mark Your Card experiencing a lean month, it was left to second placed Middleton Racing Services to take over at the top of the 2016 table. Those2oppose finished third this month ahead of Steve Jones’ Daily Bargain. James Boyle, First Favourite and Richard Dunwoody also returning April profits in what was another challenging month of poor weather and form upsets.

Winner of the 2013 Besttipping challenge, but overshadowed in recent times by Mark Your Card, Isiris continue to find the winners and boast a particularly strong record at the big festival meetings. Hot on the heels of Cheltenham’s 20/1 winning advice, Mall Dini, Isiris’ Aintree haul included 7/2 Apple’s Jade and 11/8 Cue Card (both 7 April), God’s Own (advised at 16/1, 8 April) Native River (8/1, 8 April) and, last but not least, Rule The World. The Mouse Morris-trained nine-year-old, was advised at 50/1 before his gritty National success.

Isiris also enjoyed glory at the first major festival of the Flat season with Galileo Gold, a 14/1 advice, winning the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. It all added up to a whopping 58.5point yield and a first monthly title since October 2014.

Middleton’s steady progress continues. A 9.5point yield means that since the start of the year, a 67.9point profit has been accrued. Maintaining a commendable level of consistency, Middleton have posted profits in seven of the last eight review periods, winning the January title, finishing second four times and third on a further two occasions.

As stressed in previous updates, Middleton are a selective service, averaging around two bets per week. However, this methodology is clearly working: 18 of the service’s last 21 bets finished in the first three with eight winning (at odds ranging between 2/1 and5s).

A light touch is also the secret to Those2oppose’s success. Three winners and two seconds from just seven bets ensured an 8.3point profit with 4/1 advice Value At Risk, winner of a Grade 2 hurdle at Fairyhouse (28 March) the highlight.

The Godolphin-owned Secret Brief was a confident 25/1 Lincoln Handicap advice for Steve Jones’ Daily Bargain. The four-year-old duly obliged, beating Bravo Zolo by a neck in the Doncaster contest on 2 April. Jones was also on the mark with 6/1 advice Master Of Finance at Pontefract three days later and ended the month with a 7point profit.

James Boyle has also hit top form with 12/1 advice Dinneratmidnight (Pontefract, 27 April) and 14/1 advice Russian Realm (Goodwood, 30 April) helping to secure a profitable April.

There were profits also for First Favourite (now 15 successful months out of 16 since the start of 2015) and Richard Dunwoody. Eleven of Dunwoody’s last 15 bets have made the first three with six finding their way into the winners’ enclosure.

So, the dramatic changes to the 2016 table see Middleton take over as leaders with a 67.9point yield. Isiris’ Mark Your Card drop to second (50.6points) while Isiris (28.3points) climb eight places to third.