The Weekend Bulletin (Sat 7th Jan’17)
First up we trust that the festive period went well for all of you and that you are looking forward to what 2017 has in store for us from a personal and punting prospective. As a Club we always consider this time of the year the perfect time to pause and reflect on how things panned out over the previous 12 months. Those of you that are regular readers will by now be very familiar with the sterling work that Big Race Guru Nick Hardman does on behalf of the Insiders Club, as well as the snippets of free info we provide in these newsletters.
You may wish to refresh or even familiarise yourself by viewing this interesting video of the techniques that Nick uses to tackle the Big Races, many of which are 16+ runner extremely competitive handicaps!
Well Nick has exactly the same mind-set as us, which is probably the reason we all gel as a team, and as such the first task he carried out in between cooking the turkey and seeing in the New Year in was to review his Big Race selections from the previous 12 months. The brand new Insider Members Report (Issue 141) is hot off the press and the opening salvo just had to be Nick’s review. Here are a few extracts to whet the appetite:-
Club Portfolio – Big Race Analysis 2016 Review
Summary – We doubled the profit tally from 2015 from 403.75pts to 851.53pts. So, what did we do differently? Quite simply more bets (1366 vs 871) and a higher ROI (31% v 23%). The ROI improved some 8% on 2015 and we had 79 winners at odds of 10/1 or bigger and 103 winners at odds under 10/1. The strike rate for win (13%) and win/place (23%) roughly stayed the same as 2015. For those of you who enjoy the thrill of a big priced winner we had 24 do the business at 16/1 or bigger odds and 13 who obliged at odds of 20/1 or higher.
Highlights in 2016 – Sunday is meant to be the day of rest but this became one of our cornerstones for 2016 with 303 bets, 42 winners (14% SR), 75 win or place (25% SR), profit +185.60pts, ROI 31%.
Irish racing In 2016 we expanded to cover quite a few Irish races. Our tally in Ireland was 242 bets, 35 winners (14% SR), 65 win and place (26% SR), profit +237.58pts, ROI 47%.
International racing We took in France, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, the American classics and the Breeders Cup. The performance was 57 bets, 11 winners (19% SR), 18 win and place (32% SR), 148.50pts profit, ROI 130%.
Royal Ascot Always a toughie but we smashed it this year when quite a few other tipsters, services and the pros from the racing industry struggled. We ended up 97.25pts to the good at the advised prices over the 5 days and we landed 12 winners.
Glorious Goodwood A personal highlight for me as I have never made a profit at this meeting before. At the advised prices we bagged 85.75pts with 11 winners and a further 9 landed the place spoils. These results were amplified as we were covering Galway at the same time where we hit 7 winners and 3 placers for another 81.30pts profit, including Lord Scoundrel @33/1 in the Galway Plate. Over the course of 7 days these two festivals combined for 167pts which made it a week to remember in many ways.
Nick is the first to admit that he never rests on his laurels and so he ends his review with thoughts on the coming 12 months.
“I do need to state first and foremost that we all manage our expectations, including myself. 2016 was better than I expected. Not one losing month in 12. However, that does not mean we can exceed that in 2017. It’s a new year and a new start. As always, we reset to zero and past exploits will count for nothing. I never set targets other than to achieve a 15 – 20% ROI. In my book this is acceptable and achievable with the right mindset. We bettered this in 2016 (+30% ROI) but anything around 20% will do me and that’s my goal for 2017”
Nick’s Big Race Coverage is the flagship of the Betting Insiders Club Portfolio which alongside a vibrant and friendly community/forum and monthly 52 page Members Reports offers a very comprehensive opportunity to take your punting to a new higher level. So if the last 12 months have not delivered on your expectations then now is the perfect time to make a change for the better and join the Betting School Insiders Club. You can find out more here http://bettinginsiders.com.
Saturdays racing includes some decent races at Sandown and Wincanton and you can find a sample of what has caught Nick’s attention by clicking here to read on:-
Nick Hardman’s Big Race Selections – Sat 7th Jan
Morning Reggie has won around here off a similar mark and could go well at a price after a pleasing comeback run at Kempton. Mystifiable disappointed last time at Newbury but should strip fitter here and he showed plenty of potential last season as a chaser.
Mystifiable @6/1 B365/BFsb
Morning Reggie @9/1 Gen
The more rain the better for Cloudy Too and he is 11lb better off with Gas Line Boy so has every chance of reversing that form. He won the Peter March Chase off 1lb higher so he should be competitive off his current mark. At a bigger price Loose Chips can go well at a course he has won at previously.
Cloudy Too @14/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 4 places, Gen)
Loose Chips @18/1 e/w (1/4 odds, 4 places, Gen)
Here’s to a highly profitable 2017!
Together We Can Win
Darren & Steve