Horse Betting Analyst Final Review
16th September 2014
Sgt Jack – Reviews Horse Betting Analyst
Horse Betting Analyst is a straightforward tipping service that boasts an impressive ongoing ROI of 27% going back over several years.
Tips are sent out daily Monday to Saturday. A starting bank of 250 points is recommended and a stake between 0.5 and 10 points is given with each selection.
This is a not a cheap service, retailing at £499 for each 6 month period starting in February and August. If you join between these times you start with a pro-rata subscription fee depending on when you join the 6 month cycle. Payment is made via PayPal, although other payment options are available by contacting the service’s racing office in London.
In the review period
Total number of selections – 150
Number of winning bets – 29
Number of losing bets – 113 (8 non-runners)
Strike rate – 20.4%
Longest losing run – 19
Longest winning run – 4
Starting Bank: 250
Final Bank: 278.865
Points Staked: 723
Starting Bank: 250
Final Bank: 225.424
Points Staked: 172
To cover the cost of the product you would have needed to use £10 stakes during the review period.
We joined the service at the beginning of what turned out to be its worst month in over a year. By the end of June we were over 100 points down to recommended stakes, and a profitable review looked very unlikely at that stage. However, the character of any tipster shows most when they hit a bad run (which inevitably happens from time to time). What impressed me most about the Horse Betting Analyst was how he slowly worked his way back from this terrible start into a profitable position by the end of the review (at recommended stakes at least).
A modest 28.865 point profit was made over the period of the review to recommended stakes. Level stakes made a 24.576 point loss, although when tips are being given across the whole spectrum of prices from odds on to 100-1, I feel level stakes are a less appropriate measure than in other situations.
Ease of use
A tipping service should be fairly easy to use. Tips were delivered by email (later by Twitter, with an optional email service) but could come at any point in the day – usually the morning between about 9am and 12pm, but sometimes later in the day or in the evening. At the beginning, I struggled to be prepared enough to jump on the computer at a moment’s notice, and as a result, found it hard to get the recommended prices before they moved. However, with a bit of practice I managed to catch them most of the time. You need to have accounts open with a wide range of BOG bookies to ensure you have access to the best prices.
We were down by over 100 points after the first month – nowhere near exhausting the starting bank, but a significant drop. Some of the bets commit up to 10 points so a reasonable level of risk is involved. Also the service itself is quite pricey which adds to your overall risk
Return on Investment
The 4% ROI at recommended stakes was not a spectacular performance (particularly against the ongoing 27% ROI claim), but was profitable nonetheless. Level stakes fared worse, ending in a losing position of -14.3% ROI.
Support and documentation
The tips are delivered by email and twitter feed, and on the service’s website and is published in adequate time for you to make your bets if you are on the ball. I did not have occasion to contact the service directly, but everything seemed to be handled in a professional manner.
Time needed to apply the system
Little time is needed to place the bets, but in order to get them at the recommended price you need to be on the alert throughout the day – particularly in the morning. This is understandable given the nature of the service, but may not be suitable for some people.
In spite of the poor start to the review this service impressed me with its resilience and the fact it managed to turn a large losing run into a profit in fairly short space of time. We came in far short of the advertised ROI but it is easy to see how this would be achieveable if June’s performance had matched that of the rest of the review. But the final score can only reflect the performance during the review period and this was quite modest overall.
(As an aside, I mentioned that it was hard to get on at the recommended prices unless you were on the ball. The fact that many of the prices came in (often substantially) after the tip may well mean that good trading opportunities exist using the advertised selections.)
Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoyed the review.