Top Mark Extra (Month 2 Update)

| January 20, 2019 | Reply

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Product Name:

Top Mark Extra

Company Name & Contact Details:

Sportsworld Publishing Ltd
BBIC
Innovation Way
Barnsley
South Yorkshire
S75 1JL

01302 429299

customercare@sportsworldpublishing.co.uk

Price:

£30 per month, the first month is available for £20 as an introductory offer.

Money Back Guarantee:

None mentioned.

What Do You Get?

Daily horse racing tips compiled from the services own handicap ratings. Tips are delivered by email between 10:00 and 11:30 each morning. The selections are further filtered to provide their daily “Extra” enhanced picks.

Where to Buy:

www.sportsworldpublishing.co.uk/products/top-mark-extra

How Much Money Do I Need to Get Started?

There is no recommended starting bank and we have based the review on a standard 100-point bank.

How Much Money Can I Make?

According to the website this service delivered £31,562 profit in the nine months following its launch, this is based on £100 per point stakes and equates to an average monthly profit of 35 points. However, these “headline” numbers are only up to the end of July 2018 (see the review below for more detail).

How Much Time Will I Need to Make This Work?

There is an average of around 4-5 bets per day, although we did see as many as 12 on one day and nine on another. This obviously means there are days with only one or two selections as well. On average, one to two of these selections make it to the “Extra” list (see the review below for more information).

All bets are straight win singles so even on days with a larger number of selections it is only a matter of minutes to get the bets placed.

Will I Need Any Equipment to Do This?

As is the norm with most services now, a laptop, PC, tablet or smart phone with internet access and accounts with online bookmakers is preferred. Of course you could still pop into your local bookies, but this does restrict you to one set of prices.

Value for Money?

As always, I will defer a comment on this until the end of the three months.

Quality of Customer Service?

Sportsworld Publishing Ltd has a track record spanning 24 years in the industry, so their customer care should be first class. They offer both telephone and email support.

Although I haven’t had to contact customer support during the trial to date, I have had contact with their management whilst setting up the reviews and found their approach to be professional and courteous at all times, with a timely response to any communication from me.

Review

Top Mark launched on the Sportsworld platform in November 2017 and within nine months had delivered £31,562 profit to £100 per point stakes according to the website. However, these “headline” numbers are only up until the end of July 2018 and although there is a full breakdown of results presented on the spreadsheet to the current day, this spreadsheet starts on 26th August 2018 with an opening balance of 343.26 points from “historic results”.

If I take the profit at the end of November 2018 from the spreadsheet, 302.8 points, it would suggest that the service has actually lost 12.82 points in the four months since the headline figures were posted. The average monthly profit since launch also then drops to 23 points per month.

The Top Mark system is based on private handicap ratings which the authors claim takes into account 10 different factors, including a number not considered by other ratings systems. The top selections identified by the system are then presented as win single bets to subscribers. The number of bets on any given day varies from a “no bet” day to twelve or more. On average we saw four per day in the first month of the review, with the busiest day being 12 selections.

The tips are delivered by email each morning between 10:00 and 11:30, with the majority of days arriving between 10:15 and 10:45. The email simply gives the selection, the race and the advised price. The prices quoted are generally available and on occasion can be bettered.

In September this year the original Top Mark service was upgraded to Top Mark Extra. Whilst it still provides the same tips as previously it has now added an extra filter for market strength to the data which the authors believe identifies the strongest and most profitable selections from the system. They describe these “Extra” selections as “…what we call one horse book bets where the market seems to revolve around just one selection”.

These “Extra” tips are given at the bottom of the daily email and average just one or two tips per day, although we had one day of six and one day of five tips in the first month of the review. These refined tips can be used in a number of ways:
• You could follow just the “Extra” tips if you wanted a more selective service.
• You could place double the stake on the “Extra” tips.
• You could ignore them and continue to follow the original Top Mark selections in the same way before.

Membership of the service gives you access to both the traditional tips and the Top Mark Extra tips, there is no additional payment.

The website shows the same first nine months of the service restated if the “Extra” tips which were being proofed at that time had been used. This suggests an additional 232 points could have been gained by doubling the stake on the “Extra” selections. However, the detailed results spreadsheet shows the Top Mark Extra selections between August and November 2018 actually lost 23.26 points.

The results during the review period will tell us more, but it would appear from the information available on the website that recent form has been patchy at best and certainly not up to the historic levels claimed for the first nine months.

Results – Month 1 (19th November to 18th December 2018)

If we start by concentrating on the original Top Mark strategy of following all of the daily selections to one-point win stakes, then the first month of the review produced a very satisfactory profit of 12.83 points.

This came from a strike rate of 31.58% (from 133 selections) and average odds of 4.37 (between 3/1 and 7/2). The average odds of the winning selections were virtually a full point lower, however, at 3.47 (c.5/2).

The month didn’t get off to the best of starts and at one point we were sitting on a cumulative loss of over 20-points. However, the month ended with 23 wins from the last 55 selections to not only pull back the deficit but deliver a healthy profit to boot.

The Return on Investment (ROI) for the month was 9.43%.

Of the 133 selections this month, 48 made it to the Top Mark Extra list. Although they returned a 39.58% strike rate, the average odds were only 3.03 (2/1) and the average odds of winning selections just 2.35 (c.5/4). So, despite the near 40% strike rate the “Extra” tips actually lost 3.26 points in the period if you had been following them alone.

Had you doubled your stake on the “Extra” selections then you would still be in profit to the tune of 9.57 points. The ROI from this strategy though drops to 5.29%, compared to the 9.43% if you were following all the tips to flat one-point stakes.

Results – Month 2 (19th December 2018 to 18th January 2019)

The original Top Mark tips continued to be profitable this month, albeit at a lower level than last. Although the strike rate was slightly higher this month at 33.33%, the average odds of the winning selections fell to 3.05 (just over 2/1). The upshot of this was a profit for the period of just 2.47 points. Cumulatively, the Top Mark tips are now in profit to the tune of 15.3 points for the review as a whole. 

Despite getting off to a slow start, the month looked set for another reasonable profit as two 15/2 winners helped lift the profit to 17 points at one stage. Although some of this was chipped away, we still sat at over 12 points profit with a week of the month left. Unfortunately, that week saw a loss of almost 10 points and left us with the final surplus of 2.47 points.

We now have a Return on Investment (ROI) of 5.29% and a Return on Capital (ROC) of 15.3% for the two months combined.

Of the 150 Top Mark tips this month, 42 made it to the Top Mark Extra list. Like the original service, the “Extras” delivered a higher strike rate than the previous month at 42.86%. However, in similar vein to the original tips the average price of the “Extra” winning selections fell to odds-on at 1.86 (c.5/6). This resulted in a loss for the month of 8.42 points from following the “Extra” tips alone.

Had you doubled your stake on the “Extra” selections whilst following all of the Top Mark tips, the month would show a loss of 5.95 points. Using this strategy would reduce the cumulative profit after two months to just 3.62 points and an ROI of less than 1% (before the cost of the service). 

Summary at End of Month 1

There is little evidence, from either the first month of the review or the detailed results spreadsheet on the website, to support the value of the “Extra” selections. However, the original Top Mark results of 12.83 points profit and an ROI of 9.43% give some cause for optimism going into the remainder of the review.

Summary at End of Month 2

Whilst the original Top Mark selections continue to show profitability, the “Extra” selections appear to be reducing the performance rather than enhancing it.

 

I have produced results spreadsheets for the review for both the Top Mark and Top Mark Extra selections.

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