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The history behind the horse racing NAP

Anyone trying to get themselves more involved in a sport they'd previously not understood is likely to find it hard to catch onto the lingo straight away. Newcomers to golf would surely be confused by 'a birdie', someone who's unaware of the complexities of rugby isn't likely to fathom what 'a scrum' could be, and we're all aware of the issues faced by football novices when trying to learn that all-important offside rule.

The concept of a NAP, or 'NAP of the day', is one of the many terms that people are first confused by, with it not always being clarified over exactly what one is.

Over at The Winners Enclosure, they specialise in free horse racing tips and even have their very own NAP of the day page, which is updated every day through careful consideration on up to forty races to select their favourite horse to get behind.

What is a NAP?

Coming as one of the most backed tips in horse racing over consensus, a NAP is the go-to free tip for many frequent punters and it's also the simplest to understand. In the most straight-forward of terms, it's the horse in a racing day that the tipster sees as being the most likely winner of the day.

Unfortunately, nothing is ever set in stone, least of all in the betting world, but a NAP always holds a strong chance through its credentials. Lots of different factors come into question when choosing a NAP, including past results, current form, racecourse weather conditions, weight, and a long list of other potential variables.

Origin of the NAP

A card game of French origin best known as 'Napoleon' is the most likely starting point of the word, and many of the most advanced horse racing experts and tipsters refer to it as being its rightful namesake. Napolean is a game played with between twenty-eight and fifty-two cards, consisting of between three and seven players, and gets far more complicated through its extensive terms and playing styles.

There's been a constant argument between historians though, with a smaller percentage recalling a 1770 race at Newmarket, where a horse named 'Not A Prayer' was abbreviated to 'NAP', with it apparently sticking ever since. Either of the two are equally as likely to be true, alongside any other potential reasoning behind its notable title.

General NAP tendencies

As the chosen NAP is thought to be especially likely to happen by the tipster providing the recommended bet, it's no surprise to hear that the horse in question tends to be given low odd by most bookmakers. Although odds can sometimes go as high as 4/1 for NAPs, it's unlikely to see anything higher than that, with the best odds usually only getting as high as just under EVENS.

Free horse racing tips are usually available for betting purposes, as you'd likely expect, but some tipsters will provide a NAP with odds even lower than ½, not with intention for people to put a large stake on it to win, but to cleverly prove their credibility and correct research, which is obviously worth the original confusion if it wins as expected. Odds frequently change too, so there's always an opportunity to back a NAP if the odds drastically change in your favour.

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