Jockey Selector is a brand new horse racing tipster service which is operated by Dominic Shaw. He claims that he claims will provide some very substantial returns through backing longer odds.
Introduction to Jockey Selector
I am always interested to see new approaches to finding winning bets and Dominic Shaw makes a pretty compelling argument for his service with Jockey Selector. I want to touch on it in detail later, but I will say that it is an approach that I have seen before, albeit, never to the extent that it is taken here.
Combine this with some very strong claims in terms of results and honestly, you have a tipster service that appears to be a solid offering on the surface. With that having been said, I also think that there are some things that are said that set alarm bells ringing a little. So, with that in mind, let’s see whether or not Jockey Selector is genuinely something new and exciting, or another tipster service that just can’t quite cut it.
What Does Jockey Selector Offer?
Whilst there are elements of Jockey Selector that definitely stand out as something new, there are a large number that are less standout. The logistics of the service are very straight forward and will be familiar to anybody who has used the myriad of tipster services which are out there. This means that Dominic Shaw will email you selections on a daily basis. These are sent out to Jockey Selector subscribers each morning, typically around 10.30am.
Whilst not really anything particularly new, the bets side of Jockey Selector are a little more varied. One of the focuses of Jockey Selector is on longer odds. This includes a significant range starting at evens going as high as 17/1. This is a significant difference and a point that I will look to come to a little later.
The volume of bets that Dominic Shaw advises range from 2-6 bets per day (“never more” we are told), a number that seems potentially high volume if you get a lot of those busier days. The bets that are advised through Jockey Selector are a combination of win and each way bets with the latter coming into play on the longer odds.
There isn’t any particular staking plan in place for Jockey Selector with Dominic Shaw simply saying that you should back horses to level stakes. We are told by Dominic Shaw that any amount can be bet with Betfair having a minimum of £2 stakes.
From what I have seen though, I really don’t believe that you will get close to the claimed results if you are following Jockey Selector with minimal stakes. It is also worth noting that Dominic Shaw doesn’t ever actually talk about how much he personally bets which means that the results have very little context. This is somewhat problematic when it comes to the results, a fact that I will come to later.
In terms of how often you can expect to win, I didn’t really know what to expect from Jockey Selector. Dominic Shaw claims that he has personally averaged a strike rate of around 34%.
Given the range of odds, that isn’t necessarily a terrible result. It is worth keeping in mind however that this number is entirely unsubstantiated with absolutely no proofing provide for Jockey Selector. This isn’t necessarily inherently problematic, however I would have expected some more evidence than is ultimately provide here.
How Does Jockey Selector Work?
The core idea that exists behind Jockey Selector is a pretty simple one and honestly, I am quite intrigued by the idea. Dominic Shaw says that he exclusively bases his selections on which jockeys are in form. I know that a lot of tipsters will look at jockeys and even their combinations with certain trainers as an indicator of success, but I haven’t ever seen anything for which it is the entire basis of selections.
What Dominic Shaw ultimately says though is that by focusing on the jockeys in the way that he does, he is able to find selections which go under the radar of the bookies.
This isn’t something that is ever explained and honestly, given that this is a relatively open statistic, I would expect bookies would generally be on top of this element. I could be wrong, but it just doesn’t seem like some thing that would be overlooked. None the less, Dominic Shaw says that this is what Jockey Selector is based on and that he has made a not insignificant profit.
What is the Initial Investment?
There is just one option if you want to subscriber to Jockey Selector and that is a one time cost of £15.98 (plus VAT). Supposedly, the actual value of the service is £39.95 per month (which Dominic Shaw says it will be returning to after 150 places have been sold), meaning that there is a reduction of some 80% on this “real value”.
It is worth noting that you have 30 days in order to trial Jockey Selector, and as Dominic Shaw is selling the service through Clickbank, you should have no problems getting a refund if this isn’t for you.
What is the Rate of Return?
According to the sales material, Dominic Shaw claims that he has made “£43,972.00 over the LAST 24 MONTHS!”. This is a very impressive looking number, make no mistake, however there is some context. Or perhaps I should actually say that there is a lack of context.
I mentioned earlier the fact that Dominic Shaw doesn’t actually ever talk about how much money he stakes on his bets. This means that the average of just under £22,000 per year that has supposedly been earned could be anywhere from 22 points at £1,000 per point or 2,200 points at £10 per stake.
Realistically, I would imagine that this sits somewhere in the middle at £100 stakes, but with no proofing there is no real way of knowing.
Conclusion on the Jockey Selector service
I can say with a lot of surety that I wanted to come into Jockey Selector and really see something new. The idea of hanging your bets onto in form jockeys sounds like a reasonable one, so why shouldn’t it work?
Unfortunately, as is so often the case when it comes to this kind of service, the end results are left hanging in a bit of purgatory. This is due to a distinctive lack of, well anything that I would consider to be evidence, if I’m completely honest.
Honestly, there are so many tipster services out there these days that are all making very bold claims in terms of their income potential and the risk involved that evidence becomes key. If you go to any reputable tipster they will provide proofing as a bare minimum. Realistically, it is also arguably the best form of evidence as it provides you with a comprehensive breakdown of results, what to expect, and how the tipster will perform.
So, what do you really have with Jockey Selector then? The short answer as far as I am concerned is an interesting idea that is tied to something that ultimately, isn’t going to deliver.
If you are going to make substantial claims in this industry then you have to be willing to back them up. The fact that Dominic Shaw provides no real evidence is undoubtedly a problem, and the fact that everything that I have seen suggests that Jockey Selector is going to continue in a bit of a losing vein speaks volumes to me.
With all of this in mind, I would definitely be inclined to give Jockey Selector a miss. I really wanted to like the service, but if it can’t deliver, then none of that matters. We are all here to make money at the end of the day, and if a service can’t deliver that, then what is the point of trying to stick with it?