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Published: 04/03/2018

Not for the first time in recent months, there was a thrilling conclusion to the race to finish February in pole position at Toptipsters. Under The Radar, who had earned their profits at a steady rate throughout the month, were well ahead of the field with a week to run. But they were made to fight for victory by the fast finishing Early Price Profits, who scored heavily throughout the seven days. The difference between the two services at the line was just ten points – a week earlier they were separated by more than a hundred points.

Sandbets finished third with a posting of 79.69 points. St@tman were fourth on 77.05 followed by The Info Line (66.90) and Sprint Specialiser (40.98).

Under the Radar began the month in dramatic fashion, with 12/1 Sheelbewhatsheelbe (Towcester) and 8/1 Archimedes (Southwell) winning on 1 February. A regular flow of winners followed among whom the following stood out: 11/1 The Golden Hour (Plumpton, 12 February), 25/1 Rockliffe (Musselburgh, 14 February), 11/1 Ballyheigue Boy (ascot, 17 February) and 18/1 Sahara Haze (Warwick, 23 February). It all added up to a 190.31-point February yield (68.46% return on investment).

Two successful 16/1 advices, Daisy De Sivola (Chepstow, 2 February) and Tyrell (Catterick, 12 February) and a host of winners priced between 10 and 12/1, ensured followers of Early Price Profits were kept happy. A 37-point profit as of 21 February, was not to be sniffed at, but the following day’s victory of 12/1 advice Our Mullion (Chelmsford City) heralded a run that included the next day’s 18/1 Wolverhampton advice, Captain George, 14/1 Renny’s Lady (Lingfield, 26 February), 11/1 Midnighty (Wolverhampton, 26 February) and 16/1 French Mix (Lingfield, 27 February). In all, 63 bets struck between 22 and 28 February yielded a profit of 143.9 points – almost 150% ROI.  This means that, over the last six months, Early Price Profits have made nearly 500 points profit with each month ending with a handsome yield.

Only twice in eleven months have Sandbets failed to record a profit and February’s haul of 79.69 points (67% ROI) was their third return of more than 70 points during this period. Last month’s winners included 25/1 Jetstream (Newcastle, 21 February), 18/1 Global Angel (Chelmsford City, 8 February) and two 10/1 strikes, Silchester (Southwell, 8 February) and Bernie’s Boy (Lingfield, 14 February).

Three monster punts in successive days transformed St@tman’s month. Argus, an 18/1 advice started the ball rolling with victory at Kempton on 17 February. Hillary View (11/1, Ffos Las, 18 February) and 14/1 Normal Norman (Lingfield, 19 February) maintained the momentum, while Eljaddaaf, a winning 14/1 advice at Lingfield on 23 February, ensured that the month would end with a healthy yield.

The Info Line enjoyed their best month since joining Toptipsters back in November. A gain of more than 66 points included two 12/1 stunners: Bell Heather (Wolverhampton, 10 February) and Ballyheigue Bay (Ascot, 17 February).

The longest serving member of the Toptipsters’ community, Sprint Specialiser, also hit form in February with the Phil McEntee-trained gelding Bernie’s Boy showing the way. The 10/1 Lingfield winner (14 February) was one of nine winners last month, helping towards a 40.98-point return for the 2016 Toptipsters’ champ.

Upavon’s 7/1 success at Wolverhampton on the final day of the month, sent Past The Post into profit for February, the third time in four months, this service has recorded a gain. The was also a profit for Nextgenbetting, whose two February selections both won, securing a 72% ROI.

Under The Radar head the 2018 listings with a yield of 252.47 points. Second, with a 200.69-point gain are Early Price Profits, while AB Tips sit third with 54.98-points. With Cheltenham looming, it will be interesting to see how the top of the table looks this time next month.