Thought I was going to bag the first big, big priced winner from PGA Profit this week. My guy (I say “my”, fully aware that every other PGA Profit member would be on him, but I’m nothing if not self-centred!) had put in three very solid rounds and found himself going down the back nine just one shot off the overall leader. Here we go, I’m thinking (or more like, here I go – couldn’t care less about any other beggar!) but alas, it wasn’t to be. My fella dropped back a touch and frustratingly dropped into a share of 5th place which although guaranteeing a pay out on the each way part of the bet aswell as the Top 10 and Top 20 market wins, had to be split between about a zillion and one other golfers who also managed to finish 5th.
Still, it will come – just a matter of time before PGA Profit land the sort of winner that brightens up any Sunday evening.
Who was surprised to read the message from Matchbook this week? Disappointing to say the least. I’ve been using Matchbook more and more over the last few months and not being able to moving forward is a source of frustration, I don’t mind admitting. I’ve got to say I found the lack of detail in the message far from desirable. I understand a business has a reputation to protect, but the reassurance that would be gained from saying look, we’re doing this, this and this so that we can continue to operate in the UK would provide us with a bit more confidence, surely? Oh well, let’s see what shakes out. In the meantime, I’ve withdrawn my funds and the message that came from SBC Pete (that’s his official name by the way, ‘SBC Pete’ – had it changed by deed poll) to SBC members on Tuesday re. keeping a minimal “fighting fund” in bookmaker and exchange accounts is one that really should be heeded. Other than laziness, there’s no reason at all to keep big funds tied up with a bookmaker or exchange, none at all. So don’t be lazy, eh!?! (There you are – I’m not completely egocentric, am I?).
Finally this week, I had a question from a member re. how I’ve been able to get close to the advised prices following Racing Intelligence. First thing to say – in the interests of transparency – the figures posted here are achieved prices. RI, as with many other services out there, do have an impact on prices and prices can fall pretty quickly. The trick I find, is to be patient. Don’t chase prices down. They sometimes bounce back, especially on the exchanges. I’ll also have my bookie accounts open and primed so I don’t waste time logging in when the bets come through – it’s bang, straight on. I’m fortunate to be almost always working at my laptop anyway when RI emails arrive, so I’m literally on in seconds. I’m also happy to take the next price down too if need be, so 9/2 instead of 5/1, 100/30 instead of 7/2, etc. And if all else fails, I’ll sometimes put a bet to be matched in running at the advised price. Of course, this does carry a risk that your request will always be matched if the horse loses but won’t necessarily be matched should it win. It’s not a fail safe method – but it works for me most of the time. And if there’s one thing you’ve surely picked up reading this post, if it works for me, that’s what matters, godammit!!!
Performance for February to date…
Very quiet really. The storms – Ciara and Dennis (who thinks of these names? Does someone have the job of Official Storm Namer? And if so, couldn’t they be a bit more imaginative and dramatic? I get they go through the alphabet, but that’s no restriction, and to me these storm namers are not earning their money. Storm Crikeythat’sgoingtoblowtheroofoff, or Storm Dragonslayingwindfromhell, anyone?) have played havoc the past two weekends and understandably tipsters are being cautious. With Cheltenham not far away, perhaps this is the calm before the storm. Erm, no, that can’t be right. We can’t have the calm before the storm caused by a storm.
Anyway, the figures…
*Figures in italics are those showing year to date (from Jan 1st) figures:
Bet Alchemist (100 point bank): Staked 16pts, -2.775pts, roi -17.34%, roc -2.78%
Staked 38pts, -1.375pts, roi -3.62%, roc -1.38%
Racing Service 1 (200): Staked 20pts, -1.25pts, roi -6.25%, roc -0.63%
Staked 55pts, +6.15pts, roi 11.18%, roc 3.08%
Golf Insider (400): Staked 17.2pts, +1.2pts, roi 6.98%, roc 0.3%
Staked 62.3pts, +14.3pts, roi 22.95%, roc 3.58%
PGA Profit (300): Staked 25pts, -5.1pts, roi -20.4%, roc -1.7%
Staked 36pts, +9.26pts, roi 25.72%, roc 3.09%
Precision Value (200): Staked 43pts, -7.292pts, roi -16.96%, roc -3.65%
Staked 129pts, +15.499pts, roi 12.01%, roc 7.75%
Racing Intelligence (200): Staked 93pts, +18.375pts, roi 19.76%, roc 9.19%
Staked 220.5pts, +26.473pts, roi 12%, roc 13.24%
Scottish Football Income Booster (100): Staked 31pts, +7.55pts, roi 25.17%, roc 7.55%
Staked 45pts, +11.65pts, roi 25.89%, roc 11.65%
Racing Service 2 (50): Staked 10pts, -3.25pts, roi -32.5%, roc -6.5%
Staked 20.75pts, -8.75pts, roi -42.17%, roc -17.5%