June's challenges are a doodle for Daily Bargain


Daily Bargain’s remorseless progress continued unimpeded in June. Steve Jones’ value-based service, which advises one selection a day, secured a second consecutive monthly title, posting a 14.5-point yield in what was, for many, a testing month. Middleton finished second with a 3.5-point yield ahead of First Favourite, who were denied a profit by a narrow margin.

As many a politician will attest, results don’t always go the way they appear to be heading, and June was a hard month to call with a number of big-race upsets. And Royal Ascot, with its array of conundrum-posing handicaps, presented its usual set of stiff tests. Nevertheless, Daily Bargain was up for the challenge with the Andrew Balding-trained Viscount Barfield leading the way. This 16/1 advice scored at York on 17 June, six days after another advice, Dragon Fei (12/1), had won at the Curragh. Intrude (13/2 advice, Yarmouth, 6 June) also triumphed while a further five of Daily Bargain’s 23 June selections, finished second or third.

Following on from last month’s 63-point return, Daily Bargain is now breathing down the neck of 2017 Challenge leader, Isiris Mark Your Card. The difference between the two services is a mere 5.2 points, with Mark Your Card on 104.7 points and Daily Bargain sitting pretty on 99.5 points.

Middleton Racing are third in the 2017 reckoning, with a haul of 31.1 points, helped by the St James’ Palace Stakes success of Barney Roy. The 9/4 advice, who finished second to Churchill in the 2000 Guineas, reversed that form in tremendous style, and in doing so, helped Middleton to a fourth month of profit in 2017. This means the service has now posted profits in 21 out of the last 30 months (70% strike-rate).

Despite registering a slight loss (0.8 points) First Favourite climbed two places in the 2017 table. They are now fourth with a yield of 7.2 points. Four of the month’s nine selection came home first and if any one of the three runners-up had prevailed, we would be talking in terms of yet another profitable month.

The sentiments contained above refer equally to Isiris, Personal Info Saturday-Only, Steve Jones’ Probets and Personal Info, who all posted losses that could easily have been erased if fortune had been on their side. Isiris, for example, were particularly unfortunate in that six selections priced between 13/2 and 20/1 finished second or third – earning each-way returns but not the big bucks that could have materialised if the results had gone the other way.

Idaho (6/1, Royal Ascot, 24 June) was the June highlight for Personal Info Saturday-Only. The same horse was also included in Personal Info’s June winner portfolio, along with 7/1 Heartache (Royal Ascot, 21 June) and 5/1 Tuff Rock (Goodwood, 9 June), while Probets turned up three royal meeting winners out of five.

July is always a busy month with wall-to-wall racing. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the array of action, so keep in touch with Besttipping to find out who’s hot over the next few weeks.