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Blue Ribbon snatch April success after last day drama

Published: 03/05/2017

Four months into 2017, and the Toptipster challenge is reaching boiling point. April produced a three-way tussle for supremacy between old-stagers Blue Ribbon Tipping Services and SG Racing and debutant Sandbets. It went to the wire, with Blue Ribbon winning with a huge 138.78-point profit. Sandbets, after an impressive opening show, claimed second with 122.34 points ahead of SG Racing, whose 100.94-point haul earned them third spot.

Early Price Profits were also in fine fettle, posting 90.46 points, while Foresight and Peter James also bashed the bookies to the tune of 49.65 points and 36.03 points respectively.

When all results up to the end of April are added together, Under The Radar retain their overall 2017 advantage with 215.45 points, but Early Price Profits are a mere 1.3 points adrift with 214.15 points. Sprint Specialiser are third on 177.16 points followed by Blue Ribbon on 125.76 points and Sandbets on 122.34 points.

Blue Ribbon Tipping Services, who joined Toptipsters in August 2015, have secured profits in six of the nine months they have been with us, a tally that included a 136-point yield in February. That figure was bettered last month thanks to a combination of win and each-way selections that yielded ten winners and 11 each-way returns from 45 selections. Successes included 14/1 advice Pirolo (Navan, 23 April), 10/1 Anonymous John (Wolverhampton, 19 April) and 8/1 Stamp Your Feet (Haydock, 15 April).

At the end of racing on 29 April, Blue Ribbon trailed Sandbets by 4 points. But with the latter having no bets on the last day of April, Blue Ribbon took advantage with two winners and two placed selections from just four selections.

Although denied top position in April, Sandbets can take huge satisfaction from their debut month effort: 60 selections produced 21 winners (35% strike-rate) with a further 16 selections claiming second or third position. Perhaps the most impressive feature of the month was the absence of a significant losing run. Wins were spread throughout the month and the longest sequence without a victory was just five bets.

For their part, SG Racing turned a potentially losing month into one of huge profit thanks to a lucrative five-day spell between 16th and 20th April. It began with a deficit of 18 points, but with seven winners from 13 selections, the profit stood at 97 points at the close of play on 20th.

The 2016 runners-up, Early Price Profits returned another impressive yield of 90.46 points, the sixth time in eleven months that they have notched a profit of 90 points or more. As ever, a number of huge priced winners emerged. They were headed by 25/1 Dame Rose (Aintree, 6 April), 22/1 Mullarky (Nottingham, 12 April), 20/1 Kyllach Me (Thirsk, 22 April) and 16/1 Apache Pilot (Hexham, 25 April).

Foresight ended April in blistering form, with seven winners (and five seconds) from their last 13 selections, while Mr Reliable, aka Peter James, also ended the month strongly, advising ten winners from his last 22 tips.