Happy New Year!
Is it me, or does Christmas and New Year feel like a million years ago? Now it’s just the dull, grey grind of winter. Cold, wet, miserable. I shall stop. I’m in danger of talking us all into depression. Let’s focus instead on the fact that Cheltenham is only a few weeks away, and by that time the daffodils will be out and that long, hot summer we’re bound to have (ha!) will be only a few short weeks later.
I’ve changed the make-up of the portfolio being followed by the Bet Diary. I’m not saying that anyone should drop services that I may have been writing about last year but not this. Remember, the Bet Diary is merely to show examples of services and how they might knit together. This year, I’m going to see if we can raise the ROI to approach if not hit the 12-15% mark, whilst using fewer services.
In order to do this, I’ve tried to concentrate on services with an historically high ROI record. One by-product of this is that there’s no football service in there. I’ve a sneaky suspicion that the football markets are becoming increasingly efficient and eking out an ROI of 5% is a very real achievement nowadays. That’s great, and there is very much a place for that in people’s portfolios, but not in this one this year.
Of the previously followed services, Bet Alchemist, Racing Service 1, Golf Insider, Precision Value, and Racing Service 2 all retain their places. To this roster is added the SBC’s own Racing Intelligence service. And that’s it. Like I say, I’m seeing if we can raise ROI whilst lowering workload. Time will tell and we’ll assess progress each week.
Portfolio performance for January to date
Well, things haven’t exactly got off to a flyer. In fact, it’s been a poor start to 2020, but what I would say is that a smaller portfolio, and one with fewer bets too, is always going to be open and vulnerable to larger fluctuations. More feast, more famine. It’s inevitable.
No individual service is suffering from a disaster, but only one of the six is currently in profit – Precision Value – and that to an ROI of a measly 0.06%! We’re yet to have a decent winner, and with Golf Insider yet to have a bet and Racing Service 2 taking last weekend off to recharge after a heavy workload festive period, it’s not been a busy time.
Bet Alchemist (Bank: 100pts) Staked 9pts, -2.7pts, roi -30%, roc -2.7%
Racing Service 1 (200): Staked 12pts, -9pts, roi -75%, roc -4.5%
Golf Insider (500):
Precision Value (200): Staked 24pts, +0.125pts, roi 0.63%, roc 0.06%
Racing Intelligence (200): Staked 14pts, -0.55pts, roi -3.92%, roc -0.275%
Racing Service 2 (50): Staked 2pts, -2pts, roi -100%, roc -4%
Total ROI -30%, ROC -2.375%