Selective Bets From Chase Racing Expert, Andrew Lowrie

Secure your membership to the Hall of Fame rated Optimum Racing service, run by top betting professional and podcast star Andrew Lowrie, in this Premium Tie-up with the Smart Betting Club. 

Optimum Racing is something of a ‘hidden gem’ in our eyes and with the service boasting a quite remarkable ROI in its specialism, Chase Racing, now is the time to join and see what all the fuss is about!

New Interview With Andrew Lowrie on Optimum Racing

For those of you keen to know more on Optimum Racing including topics like how the service works, its skill in finding value, who it is suitable for and a whole lot more besides, please listen to this new interview with Andrew Lowrie. Simply click the link below to listen!

Selective Betting Advice From A True Expert

Optimum Racing is a tipster service in operation since 1999 with more than 2 decades of experience beating the bookmaker and knowing what it takes to win money betting.

Run by a genuine racing professional in Andrew Lowrie, this is a well-run, easy to follow service with a track record of winning year-in, year-out.

Andrew takes a very selective approach to his betting and advises on average 1-2 bets a week, where he has full confidence in the value available in each tip put forward. Subscribers not only get these bets but a daily message, which gives a comprehensive preview of the days racing, highlighting other preferences as well as positives and negatives on horses of interest.

So if you enjoy your racing then not only will this service supply exceptional value bets, but also educate and inform as to what you need to know about the day’s race-cards and what to look for.

Optimum Racing provides commentary and selections for all of the chase races throughout the year, with the busiest months converging around the pinnacle of the National Hunt season, Cheltenham. For those who appreciate Andrew’s analysis and want additional analysis, a separate flat tipping service is available for the major meetings at the likes of Goodwood, York and Royal Ascot*.

*Despite the flat service being completely separate from the chase racing service, we often negotiate SBC Member discounts and let our community know about these in the build up to the flat season/each meeting

Top Tipster, Andrew Lowrie

Andrew Lowrie is the brains behind Optimum Racing and a tipster of some repute, especially given the fact he has been running this service since 1999 and is well known to many in the industry as a genuine racing expert.

He takes a forensic approach to seeking value by analysing in full each day’s race card and looking for those racing bets that might offer the best opportunities in the market at fair, achievable odds. This is a task that can take several hours each day and requires the discipline to know as much about when not to bet as to when to pull the trigger and lump on.

Sectional timings play a major role in Andrew’s success, often highlighting an exceptional performance by a horse way before the public latch on. The full potential of sectional timings has still yet to be realised, particularly in National Hunt racing, and Andrew has produced a proven formula which keeps his followers ahead of the field and able to reap the rewards.

There is simply put – no substitute for hard work when it comes to form study, and it is this, coupled with a lifetime’s experience of where value lies when it comes to horse racing, that you will get the full benefit of when joining Optimum Racing.

You can learn more about Andrew and Optimum Racing in this podcast interview with the Smart Betting Club, published in late 2021. He explains his use of sectional timing, his specialism (chase races) and the time and effort that goes into his selective betting approach. All told, it’s a fascinating walk through Andrew’s 2 decades at the sharp end of punting for profit on racing and the tipster service he runs.

In addition, Andrew has teamed up with fellow professional, Mark Holder (another previous SBC Podcast guest!) to create the Probet Podcast. This excellent educational resource is released twice a week as these two racing veterans discuss the week’s racing, their methodology and positive/negative performances alongside informative and interesting interviews with industry experts.

Why Optimum & Andrew Have Teamed Up With SBC

It is our opinion at the Smart Betting Club that Andrew’s expertise and his Optimum Racing service is somewhat of a ‘hidden gem’ and deserves wider exposure to those looking to profit from horse racing.

Whilst Andrew is a tremendous racing analyst and value bet seeker, he openly admits that promoting himself and his service to a wider audience has been somewhat of a challenge. He is not a marketing guru nor does he have the skills and time to highlight the benefits of his service and promote it in a way that is required in the saturated tipster market.

All of which makes sense to us – just because someone is a good tipster, it doesn’t correlate they will be a marketing genius or be able to sell themselves and their expertise. Having a talented tipster who doesn’t shout ‘BOOM’ or film TikTok videos every time they have a winner is actually a positive in our eyes – it shows that said person understands ‘the game’ that we are all playing!

This explains why we have teamed up with Andrew and his tipping output at Optimum Racing. He is a well-known, well-liked and respected member of the betting community as the likes of professional punter, Mark Holder and racing trainer, Tim Vaughan testify to.

Best of all, we have some special membership deals for those of you looking to join his Optimum Racing service – again through the combined power of the Smart Betting Club!

The Performance Of Optimum Racing

Optimum Racing has been in operation since 1999, although for the majority of this time, Andrew kept a fairly simple record of performance in an ‘old school’ manner based on pen and paper stats.

We have diligently logged all of his bets dating back to September 2015 and have converted them into a spreadsheet record to give us 7 years worth of results as a basis to showcase his service, where we can see a 197 point profit @ 21.95% ROI from 613 bets.

This is all based on fair odds quotation with only minimal odds movement in the market after advising.

For those of you wishing to explore these results further, you can access a Google Sheets spreadsheet via this link. This results spreadsheet will be updated on a regular basis with the latest figures.

Before examining the figures, please be aware that from 01/01/2023, Andrew starting advising bets with a £ figure attached as this would provide him with more flexibility to use a range of different stakes (e.g. £4 each way is easier than 0.4pt E/W!). We trialled normalising the record using £20 as a point to keep the record ‘in line’ with previous years but after review at the start of 2024, we have adjusted this to £10 as it is more reflective of Andrew’s staking across his record. Many followers use a multiple of Andrew’s advice (e.g. 2x, 5x or 10x) so keeping the points system for the record seemed like the best way to manage this transition.

Extra Benefits of Membership

The record above relates to ‘Account Bets’ – those bets that Andrew Lowrie puts forward that he feels have a sizeable edge on the market.

As previously mentioned, this is not all that you get from this chase racing expert. His daily podcast provides many more betting opportunities, with a 11% edge identified (from 164 bets) when The SBC’s Josh profiled his experiences of tracking these bets at the start of 2023.

A full breakdown of how the service works, ‘mention bets’, prices on exchanges, an example of a daily podcast and much more is available to read in this blog post that Josh wrote about Optimum in April 2023.

“Anybody that takes the time to listen to Andrew will certainly understand that he knows his subject particularly well” – Pro Punter, Mark Holder

Professional Punter, Mark Holder is a long-term associate of Andrew Lowrie, having known him for 25 years due to a shared love for betting on horse racing and what it takes to beat the bookmaker. Mark was kind enough to record this short audio comment on his thoughts as per Andrew’s expertise.

Who Is Optimum Racing Suitable For?

You might well be asking yourself having read all of the above – How Do I Know If Optimum Racing Suits Me?

It is a natural question to ask and the list below outlines the type of person who it might be well suited to:

  • You are happy to bet selectively with 2 to 3 bets weekly on average during the NH season (Late Sept to May) and 1 to 2 bets during the summer months (June through Mid-Sept)
  • You are happy to stake relatively heavily on each bet. We advocate at least £50 a unit to maximise the service (beyond fees)
  • You are content to be patient to wait for value and take a medium to long-term approach to making a substantial profit betting
  • You are looking for a long-running service that can be trusted
  • You also will enjoy the rundown of the racing’s activity as sent by Andrew each day
  • You are willing to put a bit more time into following Optimum Racing if you would like the added benefits that membership can bring

Service Nuts & Bolts

About: Andrew takes a very selective approach to his betting and advises on average 2-3 bets a week, where he has full confidence in the value available in each tip put forward. Subscribers not only get these bets but a daily message, which gives a comprehensive preview of the day’s racing, highlighting other preferences as well as positives and negatives for all of the chases.

Bet Timing: Bets are sent by text message firstly (between 10am and 11.30 am), with the email following by 12.30pm. These times can change based on the time of year.

Bet Type: The Staking Plan was changed on the 1st of January 2023 with bets now advised on a scale of £10-£60 per bet, (£5 each-way – £30 each-way) and we would recommend a £1,000 betting bank if following to advised stakes with a multiplier of say 5x.

Bookmakers: Tips are available at all major bookmakers with a price only quoted if it is widely available

Number of Bets: The number of bets averages out between 8-12 bets per month on the Daily jumps service, which operates for 9 months of the year, between September and May.

Betting Banks: Prior to 2023 we advocated a 60 point betting bank to the old staking plan. From the 1st January onwards, we advocate a 100 point betting bank for this service.

Best Odds Guaranteed: Results are not recorded with BOG uplift included. If you are able to obtain BOG on any prices, you will enjoy better results than official figures.

SBC Member Rates – Special Offer Pricing

To take advantage of these discounted prices, an active membership to the Smart Betting Club is required.

  • 3 month subscription @ £207 + VAT
  • 6 month subscription @ £357 + VAT
  • 12 month subscription @ £587  + VAT

Normal Rates – Optimum Racing Existing Rates

The above Smart Betting Club rates compare very favourably with the existing Optimum Racing rates, which are as follows:

  • 3 month subscription @ £347
  • 6 month subscription @ £647
  • 12 month subscription @ £1197

SBC Member Discounted Rates Links

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If you are not an SBC member and wish to join to access these savings, subscribe to the SBC now and then return to this page to access the discounted links.