Horse Race Network is a relatively long standing horse racing tipster service which is currently being offered through the Punthub stable of tipsters.
Introduction to Horse Race Network
One of the things that I personally consider to be a strong indicator of how good a tipster is is longevity. However, this does come with a bit of a significant caveat. Because I also know of plenty of tipsters who seem to linger around like a bad smell, launching themselves under some new branding or another as a tipster guru for years. So, when you have a tipster service that has been with a reputable stable that has produced pretty consistent results, it’s worth paying some attention to.
This is where Punthub come in with their Horse Race Network tipster service. Now, in a world where it seems like tipsters are getting increasingly outlandish with a view to generating those big profits, this is almost a quite grounded option. And it is the idea of big profits that actually has me quite excited with this service, because whilst the service has ultimately performed generally well, there is the opportunity with this to hugely boost your profits.
With all of that said, there are some very strong caveats involved as well. And I can tell you here and now that this isn’t the kind of tipster service that will work for everybody. Whilst there is profit in Horse Race Network, I do think that you ultimately have to work pretty hard for it. A fact that I don’t believe Punthub would necessarily deny. There is also a certain amount of risk involved too, but I’ll talk about that soon. So, let’s dive into this and see if it is actually worth it all.
What Does Horse Race Network Offer?
With Horse Race Network, I want to start by talking a little bit about the bets themselves before I come to the logistics of the service. This is because I feel like it is very important to frame everything in the right context before I start going off on only slightly tangential rants (something that you can expect, but they’re about good things, I promise).
Now, Punthub describe Horse Race Network as being a “simple and easy to follow system based betting service”. What this really means is that you are exclusively looking at straight win bets. In and of itself, that isn’t anything new or interesting. But what does make it stand out is that the focus is on identifying bets that are at longer odds. An area that is typically preserved for each way betting.
So, what kinds of odds are you looking at? Well, as a minimum, odds will be at 5/1. That kind of middle range number is something that is pretty common in horse racing, but for it to be a minimum is a bit of a rarity. Meanwhile, it isn’t uncommon to see bets that are into the double figures. But these advised odds are only a part of the picture.
Whilst I will talk about the actual numbers a little later on, the difference between the odds advised through Horse Race Network and the potential best odds is around a 40% increase. Let’s not mince our words here, that is a bloody substantial amount of money to take home, simply for doing your homework and spreading your bets out a bit (as always, an odds comparison site will definitely help with this).
And with all of those arguable positives covered, let’s talk about one of the biggest considerations if you’re looking at Horse Race Network. The volume of tips. Because this is incredibly high. Punthub say that you can expect to see around 10 or more bets “most days”. That is a lot of time and effort to put into odds research.
Which brings me to those logistical elements of Horse Race Network. Because there are a few things that stand out to me about this. But before I get to them, let’s cover the basics. As you would expect from pretty much any modern tipster service, selections are issued to subscribers directly via email. There is a decent amount of information there, including advised odds (a very important thing).
Now, the first major reason that this is potentially workable is the fact that Punthub also offer the chance to receive selections via Telegram. This is a messaging platform that prides itself on being the fastest messaging service in the world. What it means in real terms for Horse Race Network subscribers is you are getting a direct notification when selections are available to your phone, and you can act on them quickly.
The other thing that makes Horse Race Network a viable option is that selections are issued the evening before racing. Typically between 6pm and 9pm. This means that you have plenty of time to research the best odds, and because you are betting early, you can generally be assured that you will be getting those best odds. Because market movement can really kill a service like this.
This leaves two things to consider and in my eyes, the two things are interlinked. Firstly, there is the strike rate for Horse Race Network. This isn’t very high. In fact, from what I’ve seen, if you’re hitting around 15%, that’s a good month. But if I’m frank, that is to be expected with a tipster service of this nature.
Linked with that is the required betting bank and staking plan. Now, I really do appreciate the fact that Punthub have made a decision on a betting bank based on their highest drawdown. It is recommended that you have 150 points available to you. This number is based off drawdown of 66 points.
I will concede that this is a number that may seem inordinately high. That is until you consider the volume of bets and the fact that stakes are advised at anywhere from 1 point all the way up to 3 points. That means that entirely theoretically, that could just be a few bad days. The reality though is that you should be fully prepared for losing streaks if you’re going to follow Horse Race Network.
How Does Horse Race Network Work?
In terms of how Horse Race Network works, there are a few different considerations. Some of those can be extrapolated, but a lot of the information can only really be described simply as… Well, missing. And that is what I want to talk about first, because it also doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise.
The fact of the matter is that Punthub as a tipster management company do not typically provide insight into the selection process of their tipsters. As such, I came into Horse Race Network entirely expecting this. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything that you can take away here. Because I believe that there is a lot of insight that one can take away.
In the case of Horse Race Network, this all effectively boils down to value. This is something that is mentioned in passing in the sales material for the service, and I believe that the kind of odds involved reflect this. With that said, I remain very curious about how a high volume of bets are being identified with consistency.
Now normally, I would talk about how this lack of information for Horse Race Network is mitigated by the fact that Punthub provide comprehensive proofing. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case with Horse Race Network in particular, however, this could be an issue with their spreadsheet rather than any attempt to actually obfuscate information.
What is the Initial Investment?
One of the things that stood out to me about Horse Race Network is the pricing. Which is actually incredibly reasonable really. If you want to sign up on a monthly basis, Punthub are asking just £15. If you want to sign up on a quarterly basis, it’s just £38. That’s less than some tipster services will charge you for the month.
It is noteworthy that there isn’t really a money back guarantee in place for Horse Race Network, however that is standard for services from Punthub. It is also something that is very much prevalent in the industry, so it doesn’t count too much as a negative.
What is the Rate of Return?
The profit for Horse Race Network is where things really become interesting. Between October 2019 and the end of September 2020, the profit to advised odds stands at 260.95 points. That is pretty impressive. However, if you are able to get best odds, this number jumps quite substantially by 109.75 points to 369.75 points. That is a very good result for the time period.
Conclusion for Horse Race Network
There is no denying that there are some very impressive elements to Horse Race Network . But this is also very much tempered by a large number of very questionable elements. Which of course raises the very important question of whether or not it is really worth it. And the answer to that, probably not surprisingly, is a bit of a complex one.
You see, there are two very different ways of looking at something like Horse Race Network, and depending on what you are looking for from a tipster, depends on whether or not it is a negative or a positive. So, let’s break that down a bit.
The most appealing elements for me when I look at Horse Race Network are twofold. Firstly, there is the price. £15 per month is nothing in the world of tipsters. This opens up the door to a more casual type of bettor who is perhaps more willing to take a punt than a more conservative “investor type” bettor.
The other element that is appealing is scoring those big winners. Again, this is something that in my experience, appeals to that more casual type of punter. And if I were that kind of bettor, then I would definitely say that this would be the kind of service that would hold my interest.
The fact is that you only have to put a few quid on at a time with the odds involved to be doing well. And if you’re just looking for the thrill of a big win, that should serve you well enough. Because I believe you will get them here. Sure, they’re not necessarily an everyday occurrence, but they are there. And given the fact that even if you were staking £2, you’d be over £500 in the black over a year, that’s decent.
In that kind of framework, I think that there is a lot of value to be had here. Because even taking the time out to find the best odds etc. can add to that excitement that comes with enjoying betting for fun. And that sums up who I think Horse Race Network would be a good fit for really. Somebody who like to bet for fun.
There’s involvement, a decent profit, big wins, and it just doesn’t cost a lot. So long as you can keep your discipline and come into this with the mindset that you don’t mind losing money because it just about having fun, it really isn’t a bad shout.
What about your more serious bettor though? Well, this is where the waters are a bit more muddied. As I often say, the bottom line is the bottom line. And Horse Race Network is in profit, ultimately, something that you would expect to be good enough. But it is a very expensive endeavour, and it is hard to ignore the fact that it is time consuming.
Because if you take your betting seriously, you will want to put the time into this. At the end of the day, you’re looking at an increase of 42% on your income potential simply by shopping around for better odds. If you’re at £10 stakes, that’s an extra grand in your back pocket. Now if Horse Race Network is all that you follow, that’s great, but if you have a portfolio of tipsters or betting systems, that might not be worth the time that you put in.
Furthermore, the kinds of numbers that matter more to investors such as the ROI are significantly less than other services. The truth of the matter is that whilst Horse Race Network has performed well, you can arguably make your money work smarter for you with other options.
So, is Horse Race Network a bad service? Not necessarily. It has its place for sure. But does that mean that I’d necessarily recommend it? Rather unfortunately, the answer there has to be a no from me. However you want to dress it up, unless you just enjoy having a punt, the draw-down, the risk to your betting bank, the time involved… There are just better options available on the market. You might pay more for them, but if you’re serious, that can be a price worth paying.