Fast and Short is a new horse racing tipster service which is operated by one David Allan. He claims that his selections are able to generate a very substantial profit for subscribers.
Introduction to Fast and Short
“Fast and Short Speed Ratings Produce £4,775.50 Profit In July”. And, as David Allan is very keen to point out, we are only half way through the month. That is a hell of a headline and I will admit, it caught my attention. Looking through the rest of Fast and Short, there is a lot said, all of which does a fantastic job of sounding reasonable.
David Allan is forthright about what you can expect from his service, how much money his selections should make for you, and even the fact that his bets have had losing streaks as well. I’ll hold my hands up and say that for a minute, I thought that Fast and Short might have been an entirely genuine and all above board tipster service.
Unfortunately, this suggestion ended up falling apart for a number of different reasons that I will explore over the course of this review. Those of you who have read some of my other articles may already have an idea what to expect from Fast and Short.
What Does Fast and Short Offer?
First things first, I want to take the time to look at how Fast and Short is presented. There isn’t a lot here that could in any way shape or form be considered to be controversial.
All of the bets that are advised (at least, from the small samples of data and what I have seen) are straight win bets. These are at a range of different odds, however David Allan seems to favour that neat middling ground that I have come to see so often. Sure, there might be the odd short priced favourite and a somewhat longer shot, but Fast and Short doesn’t look to rock the boat too much.
One thing that does immediately stand out at me though is the quantity of bets that are involved. Each morning, David Allan says that he issues his selections to Fast and Short subscribers.
These are usually sent out before 10.30am with bets supposedly being unavailable the evening before due to the selection process involved. Now, David Allan will send you out a lot of tips on the days that he is betting. Most days that I have seen involve backing more than five horses and has historically been as high as eight per day. This doesn’t necessarily seem like an inherent problem for Fast and Short, but for reasons that I will explore shortly, I feel a little like it is.
That brings me nicely into the staking plan. Now, David Allan isn’t doing anything extravagant with this. All of the bets that he advises are supposed to be to level stakes of just 1 point (with his “proofing” showing £30 per bet). All of this is fair enough, and well within what I would expect from a service like Fast and Short.
What worries me though is that the recommended starting bank is advised at just 50 points. When you factor in that the proofed results are very likely to be cherry picked, a loss of 24 points over 3 consecutive losing days would see half of your betting bank eradicated. Unfortunately, from what I have seen from Fast and Short, this may not be a one time thing.
Finally, I want to talk about what all of this risk realistically means. Over the proofing which is provided (which is solely for July and highly questionable), the overall strike rate stands at 37.86%.
When you look at the odds that are involved, this is an almost suspiciously strong strike rate. Again, my feeling here is that the “proofing” which is provided is for a cherry picked time period, if it is even genuine at all. I think that it is particularly noteworthy to look at the fact that since Fast and Short went live, David Allan hasn’t updated any of his evidence.
How Does Fast and Short Work?
Now one area where Fast and Short is very open is in terms of how the service operates. In fact, David Allan’s selection process is effectively disclosed right there in the name of the service.
The core idea here is that you are backing horses that are fast and over shorter races (i.e. under a mile). Honestly, this isn’t a new approach and I have seen a number of tipsters take a similar approach. What this does mean if you choose to follow Fast and Short, is that you will only be receiving selections during the flat season (presuming David Allan isn’t on holiday).
Building on the above, David Allan does go into a little more detail about this. Ultimately, he says that his selections are based off his own “Form Valuation Approach”.
This starts by looking at speed ratings for horses, but also factoring in a number of other elements. For example, David Allan says that looks at whether or not horses have saying power when they are running longer races then they usually would. He also says that he looks at things like the conditions for a race (which is why selections are sent out the day of racing).
What is the Initial Investment?
There are two different options available if you want to sign up to Fast and Short. The first of these involves a one time payment of £77 (plus VAT) which provides you with selections for the remainder of the flat season, ending with the November Handicap. Alternatively, you can pay a one time cost of £197 (plus VAT) which covers the rest of this years flat season, as well as the full season for 2020.
It is worth noting that both of these options come with a full 60 day money back guarantee which is backed up by the fact that David Allan is selling Fast and Short through Clickbank.
What is the Rate of Return?
I have already covered the headlining figure for Fast and Short, but there is something else that I want to talk about a little in terms of the income potential for the service.
David Allan tells us a number of times through the sales material that since the service has (supposedly) made 159.18 points of profit in July (and keep in mind, we’re only half way through at the time of writing). As such, we are then encouraged to think about what the profit would be for the full flat season. Unfortunately, David Allan says that he will not release any longer term profit for Fast and Short as this will supposedly reveal his full selection criteria.
Conclusion on Fast and Short
There is a lot about Fast and Short that seems convincing, and that is a regrettably concerning thing when it comes to the service.
I love a tipster service that is open and honest about what you are getting yourself into, what you can expect for the future, and what their approach to betting involves. All of this is very important when it comes to deciding if a tipster service is for you. For example, I know some people who simply can’t bet on any tipster service where selections are sent out later AM due to an inability to get online. All of this is quite openly present in Fast and Short.
Now, I would love nothing more than to say that this is all above board and genuine, but the long and short of it is that it isn’t. If you actually take the time to start to break down Fast and Short, then there are a lot of things that are so concerning. Some of which actually quite appealing until you start to scrutinise them.
I want to address the one that particularly bothers me (again) and that is the claimed income. I cannot stress enough how ridiculous the idea of making 159 points of profit in less than a month actually is. For a direct comparison, I recently looked at a tipster service which is offered by a very reputable tipster group. Their profit (which was proofed) was 148 points, however this number has been made over 9 months, not less than 20 days.
On top of this, there is the way that we are told that Fast and Short works. I have already touched upon it briefly, but David Allan does such a good job of making his selection process sound reasonable.
Honestly, if I’d found Fast and Short before I had started to seriously get into betting, I might well be taken in by what is said. It all sounds impressive, technical, and everything that you would expect from a professional tipster service. I now know though that most of this seems to simply be impressive marketing.
This brings me to what is undoubtedly the biggest problem that I have with Fast and Short, and it is something that most people would never even thing to consider. That is the vendor who is selling the service. I am very familiar with them, and they have put out a not inconsiderable number of tipster services over the years. Unfortunately, these haven’t tended to really get close to the claimed income, or in fact, stick around.
Combine all of these hugely concerning points with a distinctive lack of evidence and a very expensive price point (considering what Fast and Short actually is), and you have a service that not surprisingly, I can’t recommend.
In fact, I can say that despite looking at a lot of crappy services recently, Fast and Short is by far and away one of the worse examples that I have seen.