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%