Referring to a Horse Racing Nap of the day

International Correspondent

In the build-up to the year’s biggest race meetings, you might be tempted to get involved with betting on horse racing. Knowing where to start is another thing entirely, but one factor in horse racing betting that has improved the reliability behind individual horse tips is a nap of the day, which provides you with the chance to back the day’s best horse betting tip regardless of the price.


History behind nap tips

Originating from the meaning behind the best hand in a French card game, betting on a nap tip is attributed the same meaning in horse racing. You won’t find it with every horse racing betting website but it’s something that you’ll see with those that are happy to present their record for winnings horse bets, as it’s primarily used in this way to demonstrate how knowledgeable and insightful they are for landing the bets they predict.


From all available methods of betting on horse racing, a nap of the day is the most reliable if you don’t want any risk with the bets that you’re looking to make. It means that you’re unlikely to get extremely appetising prices – often going as low as 1/10 – but the objective isn’t to find value, instead hoping to find a winning horse bet ahead of all other nags in contention.


Regular nap of the day betting

By offering a daily nap of the day, betting websites and accounts show their ability to win horse racing bets in succession. It’s a big responsibility and an even larger burden, but if they’re capable of remaining active with their account on a daily basis, it’s a good way of getting their followers to return the next day.


If you have been wagering without a serious rebate, this is for you.

It can become more difficult to be reliable with a nap of the day during key race meetings such as The Grand National and The Epsom Derby – as well as during events such as Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood and Cheltenham Festival – but in this instance, they might prefer to find a horse nap from one of the lesser races from a different racecourse, as there would be far too much risk involved with providing a nap for a big race where the horse possesses a price above 2/1.


More often than not, you’ll find that nap of the day odds won’t move much further than 2/1, with it being an important factor that the focus must be on the chance of the horse winning, rather than the chance of you gaining any substantial value if it wins.

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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