First for Tips is a horse racing tipster service operated by Alan Jones that offers subscribers daily selections for a number of different horse races.
What does First for Tips offer?
First for Tips is a fairly typical tipster service that is predominantly focused on UK and Irish horse racing (however rather interestingly, Alan Jones does mention that some bets are for South African races). In the main First for Tips is a high volume affair with anywhere from around 3 to as many as 10 selections per day on average with bets advised as a combination of Each Way and Win bets. First for Tips recommends a level staking plan. Selections are sent out via email and according to Alan Jones are sent out at the earliest possible moment to ensure that the best prices can be obtained. Looking at the numbers, First for Tips generally concerns itself with horses which have longer odds with winners including 20/1, 25/1 and even 33/1. Because of this approach the strike rate is on the low side at 16.3% on average however it is worth noting that I have seen much worse.
How does First for Tips work?
According to the sales material for First for Tips, Alan Jones’ team have “earned their betting wings the hard way” and that each has in excess of 40 years of experience in horse racing. Unfortunately this doesn’t show too much about the selection process which aside from a reference to value is unexplored.
What is the initial investment?
First for Tips is offered on a subscription basis which also comes complete with a trial period. This means that you pay £2.99 for your first 3 days of selections after which Alan Jones will charge you £18.95 per month with all payments being processed directly through Paypal. Unfortunately there is no money back guarantee in place however.
What is the rate of return?
So far for 2015, First for Tips has made a total profit of 56.04 points. This admittedly doesn’t sound like much but when you consider that Alan Jones has overcome a deficit of 90 points acquired in the first few months, First for Tips is looking healthy enough. This unfortunately isn’t the be all and end all.
Conclusion on First for Tips
There are two ways of looking at First for Tips the way I see it. The first is that this is a service that has lost out by almost 90 points and has made a recovery into profitable grounds, a form that subscribers and tipster alike will hope to continue. Alternatively, you can look at previous years and not the fact that since 2012, First for Tips has not recorded an annual profit.
This is frankly rather worrying for a tipster service in its 3rd proper year and would definitely put me off. Personally, I see First for Tips as being a risky proposition and personally, based off the historic results, isn’t one that I would back.