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250/1 winner one week, 100/1 winner the next…!!!

Yep, you read that right.  Just a week after I prescribed, if not caution, an awareness that golf betting often means enduring lean spells, and contrasted the travails of PGA Profit to the 250/1 winning tipster Golf Insider, we only go and see PGA Profit knock in their own triple digit winner on Sunday evening.

I couldn’t quite believe it when I checked the results on Monday morning.  I don’t think I’ve ever had anything that compares to a 250/1 shot land one week and a 100/1 the next.  I remember doubling my stake in error on a 40/1 shot on Betfair  and seeing the nag storm home in front some years ago, and I remember doing something similar when trying to get a couple of non-league footie bets on with my mobile whilst sitting in a restaurant one Saturday lunchtime, which meant a nice bonus.  But this?  This is something else.

The thing is, I’m still using bookmaker accounts for the majority of my golf bets, and there’s no hint of not being able to get on.  That might be about to change of course, but I’m not convinced it will.  The prices have been easy to get for the most part too, and I do know that if using the exchanges, even after an initial drop in the available price when the bets come out, they often drift back out again as the market grows in liquidity.  There’s a lot to like about golf betting, although I freely admit that’s easy to say after the fortnight I’ve just had.

Back to the horses and things are proving a bit trickier there, with both Precision Value and Racing Intelligence struggling.  Having said that, the former knocked in four from four last Friday and netting 14 points of profit by doing so, perhaps signalling a return to form.  Racing Intelligence accumulates points of profit for fun when doing well, and loses them for not so much fun when not.  I find the pace of this service pretty frenetic – I don’t usually feel like it treads water much but instead sways from one extreme to the other. I’m sure that’s nonsense, but that’s how it feels.  Bet Alchemist had a weekend to forget too, finding the card at Ascot on Champions’ Day more than a little tricky to negotiate.

Finally, I’ve decided upon my replacement for Racing Service 1 and will introduce it to the Bet Diary from the 1st November.  I’m a bit OCD about that sort of thing – I don’t like starting something new mid-month.  I have this stupid feeling that it skews the month’s results, which I know is nonsense, but still.

Portfolio performance for October (to the 18th)

Bet Alchemist (100 point bank): Staked 28pts, -1.288pts

Golf Insider (400): Staked 36.5pts, +123pts

PGA Profit (500): Staked 38pts, +101pts

Precision Value (200): Staked 47pts, -9.25pts

Racing Intelligence (200): Staked 219pts, -21.875pts

Scottish Football Income Booster (100): Staked 18pts, -2.49pts

Racing Service 2 (50): n/a

Total for October: ROI 16.14%, ROC 4.38%

Perfect Play-Off Performance Produces Pristine Profit!

I can only apologize for the above.  If ever there was a contrived headline, that has got to be it.  “Pristine Profit”!?!  What was I thinking?

I think the best thing to do is to move on quickly.

There is no doubt at all about the highlight of the past week.  Martin Laird winning a three-way play-off over on the US PGA Tour for Golf Insider, was the perfect play-off performance that produced a…great return.  Backed at 250/1, Laird bagged 132 points for GI members who will have tackled the challenges of the typical Monday morning with a spring in their step and a glint in their eye.  Who says you should treat winning and losing with the same casual insouciance?  Bugger that. You don’t get 250/1 winners every day.

There’s an awful lot going for using golf as your medium for beating the bookmaker.  There seems too, to be more choice than ever before in terms of services to follow.  With fewer issues over odds availability than with many horse racing tipsters, the ease with which you might reasonably expect to be able to utilize the betting exchanges, and the lower chance of being hit by bookmaker restrictions if not, golf betting could be the future.

As you will know if you read this Diary last week, I’m looking for a new service to follow following the removal of Racing Service 1 from the portfolio and another golf service as a replacement has to be a consideration.  What might stop me is that having three golf betting tipsters in a portfolio of eight feels like it might be one too many for me just at this moment.  My other golfing expert – PGA Profit – is currently having a leaner time of things and we have to just accept that when it comes to betting on golf, we simply must be prepared for periods of drawdown.  It’s a natural consequence of betting at higher prices.

Balance in a portfolio of tipsters is an important factor, and as such I’m going to go with a more “solid” option, which I’ll reveal next week.  In the meantime, here are the figures for this month to date…

Portfolio performance for October (to the 11th)

Bet Alchemist (100 point bank): Staked 18pts, +7.212pts

Golf Insider (400): Staked 19pts, +132pts

PGA Profit (500): Staked 29pts, -12pts

Precision Value (200): Staked 25pts, -10.75pts

Racing Intelligence (200): Staked 143pts, +28.45pts

Scottish Football Income Booster (100): Staked 7pts, -3.982pts

Racing Service 2 (50): n/a

Total for October: ROI 35.7%, ROC 6.09%

Christmas come early?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  Nope, not Christmas.

When October rolls around, when the last vestiges of summer have disappeared and the nights have started drawing in, there is one thing that happens every year that warms the cockles of the ardent National Hunt racing fan fortunate enough to have discovered one of the great racing tipsters.  Yup, it’s the return of Racing Service 2.

Now into his ninth season (where does the time go!?!), RS2 sent out the email just last week; the email that each year, makes me smile as soon as I see it hit my inbox.  The email that states that very soon, RS2 will be sending out his tips and thoughts on the day’s racing.

Over time, RS2 has tweaked what he offers to cater for two distinct categories of followers.  One is the investor, those who regard their betting purely as a means to a financial end.  The other category is that which holds what I would call the romantics, the enthusiasts of the sport who relish the insight that a true expert in the field provides, the ‘theories’ and sharp form analysis that entertains and educates in equal measure.

Where do I sit on this spectrum?  I guess with a foot planted in both camps, although when it comes to RS2, I’m happy for my heart to rule my head.  I am a fan of National Hunt racing.  To me it has far more human stories than flat racing, more soul, if you like.  I’m not saying flat jockeys aren’t courageous.  Of course they are.  But stick a man on top of a ton of hard muscled equine athlete and then go ask it for a big jump at the last, sandwiched between two equally muscular beasts knowing that one small error could end in a broken leg, back, or worse…THAT is courage on a different scale.  That can only be admired, man and horse in equal measure.

So when RS2 allows, through his scribblings, a better and more informed insight into this world, there’s nothing for me not to love.  And to add to it all, A. is one of nature’s true gentlemen and genuinely one of the nicest men you could hope to meet.  The only thing I would complain about – the only – is his choice of football team!

With my investor’s hat on, RS2 offers a clear contrast to the concerns I expressed over Racing Service 1 last week.  Over the years, RS” has successfully tweaked how he runs his service, always with the best interest of his subscribers at heart.  He and Wayne of Northern Monkey have always excelled in their approach to their paying members in this way.  RS2 continues to put his service through an ongoing process of evolution, and that process has continued this year, reading of his plans for the forthcoming season.  But behind these tweaks, I know that his actual methodology for identifying horses that are overpriced remains constant.  Complex at times, I think.  But consistent.

From the investor’s viewpoint, I guess the vulnerability of RS2 is that with it running over a period just short of half a year, with relatively few bets given compared to a number of other successful services out there, there is always a risk of an underwhelming year as results are rendered more vulnerable to variance.  But that to me, misses the point of RS2.  RS2 could have a rotten year, I’d still be looking forward eagerly to the start of the next because I know the skill and work ethic of the man behind it, and I know his talent is unquestionable.

Bring it on!

Portfolio performance for October (to the 5th)

With one less racing service than I’m used to currently, and with not getting on this weeks golf betting as I didn’t resume running the portfolio until Thursday last week, it’s been pretty quiet.  No lack of excitement however as Racing Intelligence got October to a flying start, including two 6/1 winners on the first of the month.  Same can’t be said for Precision Value who couldn’t find a winner the days I was betting.

Bet Alchemist (100 point bank): Staked 5pts, +2pts

Golf Insider (400): n/a

PGA Profit (500): n/a

Precision Value (200): Staked 8pts, -8pts

Racing Intelligence (200): Staked 49pts, +42.3pts

Scottish Football Income Booster (100): Staked 3pts, +0.018pts

Racing Service 2 (50): n/a

Total for October: ROI 52.5%, ROC 2.99%

A tweak to the portfolio.

Apologies for the recent break in the Bet Diary posts.  Sadly, a member of the family passed away and to be completely honest with you, betting was put to one side.  I’ve not actually had a bet for the most part of September so the ‘Monthly Review’ is essentially the figures you see on the last blog post.

Anyway, after a break away from it all I’m now ‘back at my desk’ as it were, and daily life is returning to normal. Well, as normal as life can be with a pandemic going on and all that brings.

Things have been happening at Racing Service 2 in my absence.  Things that have a big impact on my portfolio because I’m afraid to say, I can’t justify continuing to follow.

On Monday, RS2 drew members’ attention to an announcement they had made on their site.  I guessed before I clicked through that something was up.  Let’s face it, performance levels have deteriorated significantly over the course of the last year, which is something that can happen to the very best of course.  Almost every tipping service that has lasted for any significant length of time has gone through spells of underperformance.  As Omar from The Wire might have said, it’s all in the game, yo.  And that’s why I had stayed in the game with RS2, accepting that the long term track record was strong and that provided things stayed as they were in terms of their methodology, I’d give them more time to pick things up again and get back to how they had been.

This is why when a few weeks ago, when RS2 told members they had tinkered a little bit with their selection criteria around the ratings they use for each race they analyze, I heard just the first faint tinkle of an alarm bell ringing.  I think I said as much in these pages.  That alarm bell started to ring more loudly when I saw Monday’s statement headlined with, “Try Something New”.

Admirably, RS2 did not try to hide their recent poor results.  Whilst placing them in the context of a number of years’ strong performance, they stated that they needed to “evolve”, which again is a fair enough statement.  I’m sure all tipsters with longevity acknowledge that markets change and adapt over time, and that therefore it is an ongoing quest to protect the edge they have and that process of protection may involve tweaking things here and there.  What followed from RS2 in terms of their plans however, struck me as being much less a process of evolution and more a let’s try something completely different.

The main RS2 team leader is taking a break – which he is fully entitled to do – and will remain in the business, but in the meantime, after discussions with a number of tipsters, they are pleased to announce that a new guy had signed a contract and will be providing tips from 1st October.  His results are posted on the website and make for very impressive reading.  Which is great…and to be 100% crystal clear, I have absolutely no doubt that RS2 are being open and honest in their claims.

But, there is a big ‘But’.  I followed Racing Service 2 because of all the due diligence and analysis put in by the SBC.  I had a long term track record to study.  I knew the style of betting would suit me, etc.  Now, I’d be following a chap I know nothing about, who the SBC have not analyzed, and have not passed as being strongly recommended.  This may come. I sincerely hope that the new RS2 tipster hits his straps, produces some wonderful profit and brings the service back into the top bracket of horse racing tipsters.  But I’m afraid if that is to happen, it will be without my money following him whilst he does it.  In the mean time, I need to give some thought to what will replace RS2 in the portfolio.

 

Right, I’m back betting today, so next week we’ll have an update on the week’s goings on.  See you then.

When you’re hot, you’re hot – and Racing Intelligence is hot!

Have you ever considered that saying about form being temporary and class permanent, but sometimes wish that form was permanent and therefore the class was never undeniable?  Seriously, the form Racing Intelligence is in, I never want it to end. If only form was permanent…

I’m not even going to mention the winners RI has had this week and which aren’t included in the figures below, but suffice to say we’ve had a series of big wins at fancy odds.  I’ve said all along with Racing Intelligence I find it nigh on impossible to get the advised prices (they do move quick) but I don’t worry as the prices I do get consistently beat Betfair SP – possibly the ‘truest’ odds – and usually by a significant margin.  The nature of the bets means that we’re following ‘shrewd’ money that is already down, so of course the prices are going to move pretty sharpish.

I found this a little tricky to get my head around at first.  Over the years I’ve accepted that following a service with which I can’t get at least very close to the advised prices is probably not one for me, but with Racing Intelligence I’ve made an exception and have no regrets in doing so.  My ambition is to achieve a minimum 10% ROI over time with it, and am well above that level.  And so long as I continue to beat Betfair SP, I’m ok with getting 8/1 on a 10/1 shot, or 3s on a 7/2 pick.

Suffice to say that Racing Intelligence has been by far the stariest of Star Performers for September to date, but good to see Golf Insider hit on another winner over in the States over the weekend, even if at relatively conservative odds of 12/1.

Precision Value continues their winning streak early last week and notched up good figures despite a little pegging back over the weekend.

The woes of Racing Service 1 show little sign of easing with not a return of any sort in sight from seven bets, and Bet Alchemist found things a little tougher than of late too.

Portfolio performance for September (to the 6th)

Bet Alchemist (100 point bank): Staked 8pts, -6.7pts

Racing Service 1 (200): Staked 13pts, -13pts

Golf Insider (400): Staked 15pts, +5.5pts

PGA Profit (500): Staked 8pts, -8pts

Precision Value (200): Staked 26pts, +6.75pts

Racing Intelligence (200): Staked 65pts, +31.241pts

Scottish Football Income Booster (100): n/a

Racing Service 2 (50): n/a

Total for August: ROI 8.52%, ROC 0.8%

Post-lockdown profits! – an August review

It was great to make back the losses suffered in July, and then add some substantial profit.  With three services having a very strong month, one more chipping in to the profit pot, and the three tipsters who ended the month in the red hardly disgracing themselves, August finished nicely up.

Top performer was Racing Intelligence who was one of the few to perform in July.  I am still finding getting the advised prices an almost impossible task on the vast majority of the selections, but I am consistently getting better prices than the industry and Betfair SPs, so at present I’m happy.  Despite taking a few days off in the last week, the tipster returned to action over the weekend and landed two or three decent wins to really finish the month strongly.

Bet Alchemist started to turn things around following a poor patch of form back in late July and the improved performance carried on very nicely through August.  Nothing really spectacular, but each week saw solid returns which when totalled up show that BA has enjoyed a fantastic month.  I’m liking the switch from tipping the night before racing to 9.00 in the morning of race day too.  Sometimes you don’t want to be hanging around on a Friday evening to place bets.  I know it’s not been so easy to go down the pub for an end of week swiftie as normal, but Friday night is at least takeaway night.  Better to settle down in front of a film with a beer and a curry than worrying about putting bets on, I reckon.

The first half of July was a bit of a nightmare for Precision Value but since then we’ve seen a run of hot form.  I feel – but without checking can’t be sure – that mid to late summer is often a lucrative time for this service.  Certainly it has proven to be this year!

A small profit for Golf Insider but it feels like August was very much a nearly month.  A winner at 20/1 and a number of golfers picking up a place return, I can’t escape the feeling the end of August figures should have been much better. Still, a profit is a profit and you’ll never hear me complaining when a service ends the month in the black.  I’ll likely be making a little tweak to the way I follow having been lucky enough to see all the data that goes into what is a soon-to-be-released to SBC members re-review of this service.  Watch out for that.

The three services to contribute a small loss on the month are PGA Profit, Scottish Football Income Booster, and Racing Service 1.  The latter are still to find their mojo, despite their recent tinkering in approach which included a back to basics policy.  We really need to see a strong end to the year from RS1.

Portfolio performance for August

Bet Alchemist (100 point bank): Staked 39pts, +26.211pts

Racing Service 1 (200): Staked 73pts, -7.5pts

Golf Insider (400): Staked 75pts, +8.858pts

PGA Profit (500): Staked 148pts, -13.76pts

Precision Value (200): Staked 92pts, +37.08pts

Racing Intelligence (200): Staked 301pts, +63.967pts

Scottish Football Income Booster (100): Staked 19pts, -4.262pts.

Racing Service 2 (50): n/a

Total for August: ROI 20.09%, ROC 9.74%

Patience rewarded as golf betting pays dividends!

Who watched the Champions’ League final?  It wasn’t a bad game, truth be told.  Certainly not as bad as the agenda that BT Sport followed throughout in the match being “underwhelming”.  I thought it was played by two very good football teams who both defended fairly well and played with intensity and at a great pace.  You don’t need lots of goals to make a good footie match.  The irony of the constant moaning from “Fletch”, Steve McManaman and others is that it was they who contributed more to what might have been a poor viewing experience, not the match itself.

What did make for good viewing last week was the culmination of the Northern Trust Open Golf championship over in the States, where Golf Insider picked the 20/1 winner.  The irony though is that despite not finding the winner in the same tournament, PGA Profit actually provided more profit in monetary terms by finding three selections that finished placed or in the Top 20.  Funny old game at times, isn’t it?  Anyway, good to see PGA Profit move into the black for the month.

The best performer of the week was Precision Value, which continued to show strong consistency to build on the heroics of last week. I wonder if the settled weather (which now, sadly, appears to have ended) and subsequent reliable going conditions have contributed to this strong performance.  By their nature, the Precision Value selections are likely on the whole to have the superior recent form, hence their being at the, or close to, the head of the market.  That form is likely to be more reliably accurate when the ground is good or good to firm for an extended period of time.  Makes sense to me.

Bet Alchemist kept things ticking over by picking up another couple of points of profit, and is very quietly going about making August a pretty decent month.

There’s not a lot to go at for Scottish Football Income Booster with only the Scottish Premier League currently in action, but all they can do is find value where it lies.  One bet, one winner this week.

There was talk part way through the week from Racing Intelligence, of a potentially record breaking month, such was the strong form they were showing.  Sadly it seems that this may be a gentle case of hubris as the betting Gods frowned upon such talk and punished us with what can only be described as a rotten weekend.  The man in the hot seat there is taking a short break this week – hopefully he’ll find time to sacrifice a goat or something* to appease said Gods and get back on the winning trail quick!

(*Please note no animals were harmed in the writing of this post, and the author is highly respectful and indeed, slightly fearful of all goats, the cloven-footed beasts that they are.)

Finally, more disappointing times for Racing Service 1.  Just as they looked to be launching something of a recovery, a poor week knocks them back.  Not only were the previous week’s profits returned, but then some more on top.  Let’s hope a recovery that can be sustained starts this week coming.

Portfolio performance for August (to the 23rd)

Bet Alchemist (100 point bank): Staked 35pts, +21.561pts

Racing Service 1 (200): Staked 61pts, -5.5pts

Golf Insider (400): Staked 59pts, +17.458pts

PGA Profit (500): Staked 131pts, +3.24pts

Precision Value (200): Staked 69pts, +33.08pts

Racing Intelligence (200): Staked 259pts, +27.127pts

Scottish Football Income Booster (100): Staked 13pts, -5.702pts.

Racing Service 2 (50): n/a

Total for August: ROI 17%, ROC 6.88%

 

Precision and Intelligence get the profits rolling in!

A much, much better week this week.  I’d almost forgotten what it was like to enjoy a rush of winning bets and to see the profits rolling in.  A fine weekly performance, primarily down to fine form demonstrated by both Precision Value and Racing Intelligence.

Others chipped in too, with five of the seven tipsters generating a profit, and one of those to not do so – Scottish Football Income Booster – losing only a couple of quid.

The hyperactive Racing Intelligence was the star, with what felt like a particularly busy week throwing up a series of good priced winners.  As usual, I struggled to secure advised prices, but nonetheless the results and performance were strong. Monday kicked up winners at 8/1 and 13/2, which se the tone for much of the rest of the week.  Further winners on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday racked up the profit.

Precision Value also turned the heat up to produce some red hot form with at least one winner every day of the week.  Tuesday saw us pick up three times, Wednesday hot two from two, another two winners on Thursday and Friday…it felt like shelling peas!

Elsewhere on the nags Bet Alchemist picked the winner of the Great St Wilfred Handicap, one of Ripon’s biggest races of the year.  Lovely course, Ripon – up in the North Yorkshire countryside just north of the Yorkshire Dales, I can heartily recommend a visit once folk can return to watching live sport.  Loads of great B&Bs in the area, top pubs with amazing food and ale…top notch!

Anyway, I digress.

The two golf services found players that placed in the weekend’s tournaments and we could easily have found a winner.  Interesting to see from PGA Profit that he feels the value in the Top 10/20 markets may be drying up some – “stagnant” was the word used in context – with the emphasis perhaps now moving towards the each way/outright markets in which the service has excelled over the past years.  In contrast, Golf Insider is still providing Top 20 market exchange odds without officially advising bets placed within this market.  I presume this is also with an eye on the future, so it will be interesting to see what transpires.

Finally, the only bum note on the week was sounded by Racing Service 1, although the loss wasn’t a large one.

Portfolio performance for August (to the 16th)

Bet Alchemist (100 point bank): Staked 21pts, +18.674pts

Racing Service 1 (200): Staked 28pts, +10.45pts

Golf Insider (400): Staked 41pts, +2.958pts

PGA Profit (500): Staked 108pts, -33.26pts

Precision Value (200): Staked 46pts, +17.5pts

Racing Intelligence (200): Staked 168pts, +38.677pts

Scottish Football Income Booster (100): Staked 12pts, -7.005pts.

Racing Service 2 (50): n/a

Total for August: ROI 21.02%, ROC 5.58%

Stuttering into August

So July was poor.  Has August brought about an improvement?

Not really, no.  No big losses and the first week and a bit has essentially broken even, but with only two of the seven tipsters turning a profit I think it’s fair to say that portfolio performance as a whole is still stuttering somewhat.  It’s as if my betting is still trying to shake off the effects of lockdown and still has some cobwebs to brush away.  I was hopeful that August, often seen as being a time for consistent going across the nation’s racecourses and therefore more consistent performance for racing experts, would get off to a bang to make up for July’s disappointments, but we’re still waiting for that explosion to happen.

There were signs at the back end of last month that Bet Alchemist were beginning to turn things around and so it proved, with a particularly good Sunday last (three winners from three at odds of 7/1, 11/2 and 11/2).  Substantial profit there, which pleasingly after their ongoing travails, has been backed up by Racing Service 1.  Let’s hope the latter can really kick on now after finding a couple of decent winners.

It was the first post-lockdown Golf Classic last week over in the US, but alas no winner.  Golf Insider has picked up a few placed returns over the past couple of tournaments to find itself more or less coming out level, but PGA Profit is still finding winning bets fairly hard to come by.  Patience required as ever, when it comes to golf betting.

The return of the Scottish Premiership football has seen Scottish Football Income Booster looking to get going again, although one tip saw the relevant match postponed when Aberdeen players apparently saw fit to go down the boozer and subsequently saw a number of their players test positive.  Makes a bit of a difference for a “non-runner” bet than the ground being too soft!  Perhaps it’s more a case of some brains being too soft!

And finally not much to report by way of progress at the moment from Racing Intelligence.  A winner or two, some losers…just waiting for that explosion I was talking about.

Portfolio performance for August (to the 10th)

Bet Alchemist (100 point bank): Staked 14pts, +14.737pts

Racing Service 1 (200): Staked 17pts, +14.85pts

Golf Insider (400): Staked 26pts, -1.042pts

PGA Profit (500): Staked 93pts, -39.26pts

Precision Value (200): Staked 23pts, -6.5pts

Racing Intelligence (200): Staked 83pts, -8.685pts

Scottish Football Income Booster (100): Staked 7pts, -7pts.

Racing Service 2 (50): n/a

Total for August: ROI -0.5%, ROC -0.07%

July 2020 Review – Mediocrity Rules!

Not a great month by any stretch of the imagination.  In fact, it takes no imagination at all to sum up July’s performance – distinctly mediocre!

Turnover has been relatively low, with nothing (naturally) from winter racing specialist Racing Service 2, and no football north of the border for Scottish Football Income Booster to get stuck into.  The Scottish Premier League did get going on Saturday however, so we should see some bets coming through during August.

Of the six services that did advise bets, only two provided a profit.  The ROI for July ended at -6.61%, the ROC at -3.26%.  Not great, clearly.

There was plenty of high class racing for Bet Alchemist to get stuck into last week with festivals at Galway in Ireland and the Glorious Goodwood meeting here in England.  Not sure how ‘glorious’ Goodwood can be with no spectators, although the beautiful location remained the same of course.  Bet Alchemist did manage to claw back some of the month’s previous losses with one 11/1 winner notable, and in the end July’s deficit wasn’t too bad.

Not the case for Racing Service 1, whose misery continued last week.  Viewed as a separate entity in itself, a disastrous month should be seen in perspective.  They happen.  But RS1 has been struggling for a while now and whilst the difficulties facing tipsters on an ongoing basis were highlighted in last week’s Bet Diary post, there is always concern when it is made apparent that there has been a slight shift or coming away from the original strategy that has made a tipster successful in the past.  I’m not going to draw any conclusions just yet, but it’s fair to say the pressure is on.

The one success story of July was the massive winner and subsequent profit put up by Golf Insider.  A good job we hit that, as without it the month would have been absolutely dire!  Ifs and buts…suffice to say that GI wins ‘Tipster of the Month’.

Note that the performance of the two golf services, Golf Insider and PGA Profit, last week will count under August’s figures as the result wasn’t apparent until Sunday 2nd, despite the tips being issued during the last week of July.  Sadly, PGA Profit couldn’t match Golf Insider’s monthly performance this time, but its time will come, I’m sure.

It has been heartening to see two weeks of Precision Value hitting some semblance of good form and whittling away at the not insubstantial losses accrued during the first half of July.  Although it couldn’t quite break back to the right side of the profit and loss line, losses were small and fingers crossed the solid form will continue to ensure August sees a return to the good times.

Finally, we have Racing Intelligence, which provided a decent profit.  I’m unable to secure official prices for most of the bets that come through, but I set an unofficial target for the service of a 10% ROI over time.  I appreciate the prices move quickly, and don’t set out to meet the official figures – I see this more as a strong service from which I ought to be able to profit.  So, I suspect my month’s figures may well be short of the official, but an ROI of 10.14% this month means I’m happy enough.

Bet Alchemist (100 point bank): Staked 68pts, -8.913pts

Racing Service 1 (200): Staked 73pts, -41.125pts

Golf Insider (400): Staked 46.5pts, +66.5pts

PGA Profit (500): Staked 126pts, -114.25pts

Precision Value (200): Staked 98pts, -5.585pts

Racing Intelligence (200): Staked 309pts, +31.345pts

Scottish Football Income Booster (100): n/a

Racing Service 2 (50): n/a

Total for July: ROI -6.61%, ROC -3.26%

Finally, I’m aware a couple of people have emailed in and left comments after last week’s post.  I’ll address these next week.  See you then.