Centaur Planet is a horse racing tipster service which is provided by the BetInfo 24 tipster stable. They claim that it is one of their top services having won numerous tipping competitions.
Introduction to Centaur Planet
Centaur Planet is one of the best named services I have come across for some time. A name however, is nothing compared to how a service is actually capable of performing. In the case of Centaur Planet, a cursory glance reveals an incredibly mixed bag, arguably making this one of the more difficult services I have looked at recently.
None the less, it is my job to do so and the fact it is sold through BetInfo 24 may well end up working out in my favour. They are a stable that are very much concerned with numbers and this is ultimately what should count when it comes to looking at a tipster service. With this in mind, let’s see whether or not Centaur Planet is anywhere near as magical as the name might suggest.
What Does Centaur Planet Offer?
Centaur Planet is very much what you would expect from a horse racing tipster service in this day and age. Selections are sent out to subscribers on a near daily basis (with the occasional break for holidays it seems). These are sent out directly via email as well as being uploaded to a special member’s area on the BetInfo 24 website. The quality of detail within the emails is all of a decent standard and should allow you to bet without any real issue.
In terms of the bets themselves, Centaur Planet is exclusively concerned with win bets. Not just this, but win bets with odds going as high as 20/1 according to the sales material from BetInfo 24 (although apparently much higher than this with odds seen as high as 50/1, a fact which is reflected in the strike rate). By and large though, you will be somewhere around the middle of this range.
In terms of volume of bets, Centaur Planet is very much planted in the realm of average. The average number of bets per day works out at 4, however there is some fluctuation in this number.
In terms of a staking plan for Centaur Planet, there is one in place although I am not certain I entirely understand any rationale. It is advised that for the majority of bets, you are backing horses to simple 1 point stakes. Every now and then however, the ante is upped to 2 points. There is little to indicate why these higher stakes are utilised.
The proofing from BetInfo 24 demonstrates a number of bets on a variety of odds and nothing seeming to join up those results.
Now, I have already mentioned the strike rate for Centaur Planet and the fact that this is not great. How not great is a subjective thing. Numerically speaking though, the tipster behind the service has guided it to a strike rate of just 17%. I know that this number is not the be all and end all when it comes to tipster services, but it does not bode well for Centaur Planet in the bigger picture.
How Does Centaur Planet Work?
Very disappointingly we are given no insight whatsoever into the selection process for Centaur Planet. We aren’t even provided any generic answers. Literally all that BetInfo 24 have to say about the service is the following. That it is run by “one of our leading players in our Tipping competition”. They also say that he has won this a number of times and “continues to prove himself as a professional horse racing tipster and leading expert in the industry”.
I always know when I am coming into a service from BetInfo 24 that there is unlikely to be a lot of information provided in terms of how the service works. This is typically however offset by a pretty clear set of results. In the case of Centaur Planet however, I just don’t see this.
Whilst I could probably make some vague guess about value being involved (a look at the odds suggests this), the truth of the matter is that I feel a tipster is ultimately accountable for their results. If they cannot explain why you should trust their selections on the back of a 3 month losing run, it does not bode well.
What is the Initial Investment?
There are three different options if you want to sign up to Centaur Planet. The first of these is a monthly subscription which is priced at £28.99 per month. The next option is to sign up on a quarterly basis at a cost of £69.99 per quarter. At this point, it is worth mentioning that on both of these options, you first 7 days are available for just £1. The final option is to sign up to Centaur Planet for a full year.
This undoubtedly represents the best value with a one time cost of £189.99
BetInfo 24 sell all of their products through Clickbank and offer a 30 day money back guarantee on all of them. Naturally this extends to Centaur Planet as well.
What is the Rate of Return?
Since December of 2017, Centaur Planet has produced a profit of just 78.02 points. This works out between 8 and 9 points per month which is not great. What is particularly concerning to me is that Centaur Planet has ended up here from a peak of almost 120 points of profit. This represents a sustained period of loss for the service of 3 months and short of a very rapid turn around, it looks like July will also be a losing month (10 points down at over half way through the month).
Here are the profits claimed on the website:
Conclusion to Centaur Planet
The initial climb in profits that Centaur Planet saw suggests to me that there is probably something to the service. 120 points in 5 months doesn’t just happen by luck. By the same token, nor does 3 months of losses and that is where the difficulty lies. Now there are potentially some mitigating factors here.
There have been a fair old number of horses since April that have finished 2nd and 3rd which means that the quality of advice may not be the problem, so much as a spell of bad luck (anybody involved with betting will tell you luck doesn’t come into it, but a losing run is a losing run and that is bad luck to me).
This is where the lack of information on the workings of Centaur Planet start to become a really big problem to me. If I have a tipster who is saying, yes, I’m going to lose, and I’m going to win big when I win. I find horses that have been underestimated and have longer odds and that is where my focus lies, that changes everything.
That kind of working process would perfectly explain the results that Centaur Planet has encountered and the huge boost in profits which has been generated before can very feasibly be generated again. Without this information though, it is a big leap of faith.
For my money, as it currently stands, Centaur Planet is not something that I would look to invest in. The results simply aren’t there and frankly, there is little indicator that there is going to be a change in the immediate future. As I have touched upon, with some information to put the losing streak in context, Centaur Planet could well be a calculated risk but the fact of the matter is this. There is no information provide to back this up.
With this in mind, I would be inclined to avoid this offering.