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Mark Your Card Close in on Further Glory


Isiris’ Mark Your Card service maintained their relentless charge towards a third successive Besttipping Challenge with another table-topping display in October. A monthly gain of 42.7 points ensured monthly honours for the third time in a row and means that so far in 2016, six of the ten monthly titles have gone MYC’s way.

Second, with a 14-point profit was Steve Jones Daily Bargain, with Middleton Racing Services third on 13.1 points. Personal Info and First Favourite, finished next in the October lists, with strong showings, while Those2oppose and Personal Info’s Saturday-only service also posted monthly profits.

October is seen as a transition month, with the Flat season winding down and the jumpers just emerging from their summer cocoons. This often makes form-reading a challenge, but there was little evidence this was affecting the selection process for Mark Your Card.

As the performance graph on the Mark Your Card tipster page ( demonstrates, October’s profit was gained in a steady arc. The success of Stoked, a 14/1 advice at Yarmouth (18 October) stands out, but there were a further 14 winning selections in the 8/1 to 12/1 price range, spread throughout the month.

The October profit, the ninth of 2016, places Mark Your Card in a seemingly impregnable position at the top of the 2016 table. They currently boast an overall profit of 255.51 points, more than 140 points ahead of their nearest rivals, Middleton.

After a quiet summer, Steve Jones’ Daily Bargain, returned to top form in rousing style. Four of this month’s 21 advices were successful, producing a near 20% strike-rate – impressive given an average starting price of around 10/1. Faintly, a 14/1 advice at Newcastle (25 October) headed the list of winners that also included two 11/2 strikes, Definitly Red (Carlisle, 30 October) and Estrella Eria (Chelmsford City, 6 October).

Middleton made it eight monthly profits out of ten in 2016. Seven of this month’s eight advices generated a return, with two winners, four seconds, a third and only one unplaced selection. The highlight was the success of the Irish-trained Laganore (13/2 advice) in a fillies and mares race at Newmarket on 7 October. With a 108-point tally so far in 2016, Middleton look destined to take second place in the annual challenge, as they hold a 73-point advantage over the service in third, Those2oppose. (It is worth noting that Middleton lead the way with results calculated to sp, rather than advised prices. Since the turn of 2016, they have posted a 72.3-point profit to starting price.)

Personal Info also made light work of the changing of the seasons with a ten-winner haul from just 17 October tips (58.82% strike-rate). With winners up to 5/2, this produced a pleasing 7.2-point profit and form-figures that make impressive reading – 41115114241612111.

First Favourite were similarly unburdened by the transitional period, registering a 7.1-point yield, accrued from six winning bets out of seven (85.71% strike-rate) with a return on investment of a whopping 92%.

Two winners and nine placed advices helped Those2oppose post a 4.1-point October profit, their seventh monthly gain of the year, while Personal Info’s Saturday-Only service also posted gain number seven of 2016, thanks to a 60% strike-rate, which included the winning Ayr advice Master of Finance (9/2, 29 October). Since enlisting with Besttipping midway through 2014, the Saturday-Only service has posted profits in all but eight of 27 months (70.37%)