Cotswold Racing is a horse racing tipster service which is being offered through the Tipsters Empire stable of tipsters. Despite some mixed results, I believe there is a promising system here.
Introduction to Cotswold Racing
I don’t really hide my belief that more than anything else, there are two things that make a good tipster service. Firstly, they should aim to provide long term and consistent profits. Whilst it is incredibly easy to get caught up in huge numbers in the first few months, those kinds of results tend to be fleeting. Secondly, I believe that having a decent and stable system is equally important. Because, let’s be honest, without one those consistent profits can’t really be a thing. The two really do go hand in hand.
I feel the need to frame all this before talking a bit about todays review subject, Cotswold Racing. This is a service that I believe has some very strong foundations, despite somewhat mixed results. Now, don’t get me wrong, as I will explore, Tipsters Empire do show some modest profit. That is, without a doubt, the most important thing for any tipster service. However, there are some very valid questions that can be asked about whether or not it is profitable enough. Even before I get to it, I will admit to struggling with reconciling this from a purely fiscal position.
With all of that said though, I do believe that Cotswold Racing has one of those other important things that I talked about. Namely, a decent and stable system. Now, I’m going to let you into a little secret here. Tipsters do have their ups and downs. But they don’t always have to be problematic. A downturn isn’t an issue to me when there is a rational explanation as to why it should happen. And Tipsters Empire provide plenty of information to help you to understand this. At the very least, all of this makes for an incredibly interesting subject to review. So, let’s get to it.
What Does Cotswold Racing Offer?
One of the of the things that stands out to me as a definite positive with Cotswold Racing is the lack of BS that exists here. This is a straight forward tipster service that avoids gimmicks and daft flights of fancy. Something that, rather frustratingly, seems to be a bit of a trend in the industry at the moment.
This is something that I think you can apply to almost all elements of the service, as I will explore over the course of this, but it is also applicable to Tipsters Empire. They are well versed with managing tipster services and it isn’t surprising to see that experience in play with Cotswold Racing. Which leads into the logistics of the service and what is involved. As good a place to begin as any.
One of the things that I do really like about Tipsters Empire is their approach to a tipping service. They eschew sending out selections via email, instead preferring to use a text message. For someone like myself who can have thousands of emails per day (most spam, admittedly), it is easy for crucial tips to get missed in the sea of noise. A text message, however, is much more difficult to miss.
Now, in an ideal world, you would receive your text message with selections from Cotswold Racing, log into the member’s area, and view the full insight into a selection there. But if you aren’t in a position to do so, Tipsters Empire include all of the information that is required to get a bet on quickly. You can then revisit the member’s area at your leisure. And this is something that you will want to do.
You see, Cotswold Racing subscribes to what I consider to be the gold standard of tipster services. You aren’t just getting crude details of a bet and (if you’re lucky sometimes) some odds. No, within that member’s area you get a detailed paragraph in which the tipster behind the service shares the reasoning for a selection. This allows you to be fully informed about your betting at all time.
Something else that is a very strong positive for me is that bets are sent out nice and early. Typically speaking, between 8am and 9.30am each morning. This means that, by and large, Cotswold Racing remains an accessible service. Even if you are working a 9-5, you have plenty of time to get bets on and still obtain some value. Not that you have to look hard with Tipsters Empire providing generally obtainable odds.
And this is something that is quite important if you are following Cotswold Racing. Because there are some bloody big bets here. I want to touch on this in more detail shortly, but the service is ultimately based around value. This means that you are typically betting on horses with quite long odds with the average coming in at 21/2. Of course, the range is much larger than that, as a quick glance at Tipsters Empire’s proofing shows, but it does give you some idea of what to expect.
This range of odds also leads to a healthy mix of win and each way bets. All depending on the odds, of course. It also impacts the stakes. Typically speaking, Cotswold Racing will advise staking 1 or 2 points on a given bet, with very occasional exotic accas having slightly more esoteric stakes.
This is all very manageable, because Cotswold Racing can be quite high volume. It isn’t unheard of to have up to 6 or 7 bets advised on a single day. Without actually looking hard at Tipsters Empire’s proofing, there have been 2 historical examples of this just within the last couple of months. Fortunately, a betting bank of 150 points should more than cover any drawdown.
As a final note, I just want to touch on the strike rate. Over the last year, this has come in at an average of 28.61%. Which isn’t a bad number really. Unfortunately, the nature of Cotswold Racing means that there isn’t much consistency to this. As such, I would say that you should fully expect losing streaks, and pretty substantial ones at that.
How Does Cotswold Racing Work?
It probably goes without saying that one of my favourite things about Cotswold Racing is that you get to know exactly what you are getting into. Every single bet has that detailed write up giving you insight into the tipsters thought process. The reason I refer to this as the gold standard, is because I Believe that as a consumer, you should be fully informed about a service so you can also make your own decisions. And well… You don’t get much more informed than that.
But that is only a fraction of the puTipsters Empirele. Tipsters Empire actually talk at length about the wider approach that is taken. As I mentioned, value is a key component to this. We are told that the tipster behind Cotswold Racing tends to “shy away from the obvious”, however, he is also keen to point out that he will bet on a favourite if that is where the value is.
This is all good to see. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen tipsters that are “value focused”, but really, they just like to back ridiculous long shots and outsiders. Seemingly for the sake of it. Here though, it is quite apparent to me that the tipster behind Cotswold Racing has a very good grasp on the concept.
Combine all of that with the very comprehensive proofing that Tipsters Empire provide and I think that you have a very good idea of what you can expect from Cotswold Racing. Which is more than you can say for some services. Honestly, I think that it is commendable that when you factor everything in, you can really get a feel if this is something that will work for you or not with minimal investment of time and money.
What is the Initial Investment?
If you want to sign up to Cotswold Racing, there are a huge number of options that Tipsters Empire have available. Each of these differ drastically in terms of the value and outlay. First things first, let’s talk about the “full options”. This starts with a monthly subscription which is priced at £34.99 per month. Next, there is a quarterly subscription which is priced at £87.50 every 3 months.
If you want the best value, you do have to sign up to longer subscriptions. This means a 6 month subscription at £157.50 (£26.25 per month) or a 12 month subscription which has an outlay at £279.99 (£23.33 per month).
As a final note, whilst Tipsters Empire do not offer a money back guarantee on their services, it is noteworthy that new customers can try Cotswold Racing out for 28 days for a one time cost of £2.99. This is a rather generous offering, and in my opinion gives you more than enough time to decide if the service is something that will work for you.
What is the Rate of Return?
On the surface of things, Cotswold Racing looks reasonably good. The profit that Tipsters Empire report comes in at £1,284. And if you take that at face value, fair enough. However, it is important in my mind to note that this is based off £10 stakes, and it is spread over some 15 months with proofing going all the way back to January. This makes for some really quite modest monthly profits.
Building on this, the results have very definitely been up and down. At the moment, Cotswold Racing is turning a bit of a corner, and at the time of writing, there has been consistent profit since December. This suggests that, hopefully, there is some turnaround in the results, but it is far from conclusive too.
Conclusion for Cotswold Racing
Sometimes, concluding thoughts on a service can be really simple. Sometimes, it can take more work. Sometimes, it’s a really odd middle ground, and that is where Cotswold Racing is. Because I really like this service, and I think that there is some justification for saying this is worth your time, but it all has to be incredibly qualified.
So, here’s the thing. First and foremost, I genuinely believe that Cotswold Racing has some solid foundations. Whilst the results aren’t necessarily life changing, I genuinely believe that the tipster behind the service has a good approach to betting. Now, I will concede that this may seem at odds with the almost 50 point loss that was incurred last year, but let me explain.
Tipsters Empire talk about how the tipster behind Cotswold Racing has a focus on certain elements, and I feel like ultimately, the proofing seems to reflect that. Now, whilst you can easily make a lot over the rather mixed results, I think it is important to acknowledge that even the best systems have their ups and downs. As such, that dip with Cotswold Racing could simply be chalked up to that.
But how do you know? Well, you don’t. I often say that the bottom line is the bottom line, and ultimately, Cotswold Racing has been rather stagnant with results only improving on June/August last year very recently. And even then, you’re looking at less than 20 points of profit of actual profit for this period.
The fact is that Cotswold Racing is a bit of a gamble. In theory, it is a relatively well informed gamble, but it is a gamble nonetheless. As such, whilst I can definitely see how there is merit to Cotswold Racing, I can’t really say that it is something that I would recommend right now. With right now being the operative part of that phrase really.
Honestly, this isn’t something that I would necessarily dismiss. The fact is that in the future, this may be worth a serious look in. But here and now, I think it’s quite important to take the time to establish what the longer term potential of Cotswold Racing is before paying out a not inconsiderable sum for it. And holding off for just a few months can really make all the difference in terms of establishing what the trend actually is.