Profile Of A Top Tipster

| June 14, 2017 | Reply

It’s time for another column from our Head Reviewer, Peter Philipson. Enjoy and, as always, if you have any comments for myself or Peter you can leave a comment on the reviews section of the website or email bettingrant@agorapub.co.uk.

Matt Houghton


A day in the life

I was fortunate to receive an invitation to the Betting Gods sponsored meeting at Nottingham the other week and it was good to be able to get out of the office for once.

The meeting venue is excellent and the course looked a picture and the whole day was very well run – pity there were not that many punters there live but I suppose it was an “ordinary” meeting in the middle of the week.

A graphic example of the power of TV as well – why would you want to potentially get wet watching a few races when you can see all the day’s events in the comfort of your lounge?

But the real pleasure for me was the chance to meet face to face with a tipster who has been performing at a high success level since 2013…

We have corresponded by email for over four years now but it is never quite the same as seeing the whites of the eyes is it?

The man in question is Robin of Value Racing Tips fame published through the Betting Gods portal (second from right in photo below).

I took the chance to find out a bit about how he arrived where he is today before talking about the practicalities of operating a tipster service.

Betting Gods Portal (second from right in photo)

Although always interested in horse racing, Robin came to the tipping game by default.

He had health issues which prevented him from pursuing his initial career in quantity surveying and moved to rural Scotland where the air quality allowed him to be as well as possible but he needed to find an alternative source of income to support his family.

He tells me he has always relished an intellectual challenge and regarded form based horse race winner selection as just this.

So he started in the early nineties on his own account and by the turn of the century was making money and helping a few friends do the same…

In 2006 he started selling tips on eBay at £1 a time before setting up his own web based service, Rob’s Horse Tips, which was where I first “met” him in 2013.

We undertook a successful review of that service and while in correspondence with Robin I was surprised to find that he had only a few subscribers despite his successful record…

I suggested that he should discuss promoting his service through one of the publishing houses and in 2013 he agreed a deal with Betting Gods and the service has remained there since.

Of course all we see as punters is an email appearing telling us of the selections for the day but what I wanted to know was how we arrive at the point where he sends off his choices to the world.

The process normally commences around midday on the eve of racing when initial checks of ground and weather forecasts are made…

Next task is to work through the day’s races and find those where the favourite looks vulnerable and then these need to be reduced to those where another horse has a good chance too…

Form study now kicks in with checks on the trainer’s current performance (regarded as critical that it is positive) the jockey involved and investigation of any patterns that would influence the potential winner…

If a horse emerges from this pass then the suitability of the course is checked and a look at the video of the last couple of races run. Any possible competition is similarly checked to ensure it can be discounted.

In the end the three horses that will form tomorrow’s advice are chosen and prices checked against the opening books – normally bet365 and Paddy Power are the first to show. If the price for the selection is considered value then the runner is confirmed.

The Value Racing Tips service was one of the first to advise clients to take advantage of the early prices available the night before racing and the strategy has been copied by many others.

Subscribers often find that the price they have taken can be traded off the next day and a free bet on the race becomes available…

We are now more aware of the dangers of backing winners at prices better than SP but you can hardly blame the tipster for this.

What did emerge from my chat with Robin was the diligence with which he undertakes his research as he knows others are relying on this to try to make a bob or two.

He says his biggest buzz is not the horse actually winning but getting emails from happy punters when they see a profit.

I wondered if it was difficult to keep going under such pressure but it seems not – days off are taken to recharge and bets are not provided for the sake of it.

He had a race sponsored under the service name at Nottingham and managed to put out a tip for this the night before and it duly won… No pressure there then!

Robin is working on other systems so he clearly likes the challenges involved.

Under the Betting Gods banner Robin has offered almost 3,000 selections that have run and achieved a strike rate in excess of 21% at prices averaging around 5/1.

The betting bank is all but 11 times greater than the starting point and the ROI is above 16% which is very creditable over such a long period.

Yes there have been some losing runs but the trend has been positive and it is little wonder Robin is the longest serving tipster on the Betting Gods portfolio. We have reviewed the service continually since the start and the full details can be seen here.

I would see this service as a low to medium risk component for a betting portfolio and with the guarantee that is available on all Betting Gods services you can check it out risk free.

My day did not end after speaking with Robin – I was then able to discuss in some depth with Darren Moore the ins and outs of running a publishing house. You will be able to read what I learned in the next episode!





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