JPW Racing Tipster is a long standing horse racing tipster service that focuses on specific areas of horse racing. The service is operated by James Walsh.
Introduction to JPW Racing Tipster
There are a lot of different people that bet on horse racing, and in a lot of different ways too. And I’ll hold my hands up to the fact that whilst I try to keep casual punters in mind, I often end up addressing serious bettors. The kinds of people who are looking to bet pretty much every day with a view to producing a second income. The kinds of people who view betting as investment rather than… well, betting. But those people are only a fraction of the wider numbers. So, what do you do if you’re a more casual punter looking for a tipster?
Well, that is probably where JPW Racing Tipster comes in. A somewhat unique tipster service in so much as, whilst it isn’t explicitly marketed at casual punters, the setup is very accommodating for them. I’ll talk about this in more detail below, but the focus here is very much on big event racing. Think weekends, think festivals, even just Saturday racing if you are so inclined. It’s all very exciting, and if James Walsh can turn a profit from it as well… Well, that’s a very definite winner in my book.
Of course, it probably goes without saying that this approach also has some knock on effects on the service that could be construed as negative too. Make no mistake coming into this, JPW Racing Tipster is a potentially quite divisive service, and some might argue with good reason. Especially when you start talking about value for money. But honestly, I can’t help but feel like James Walsh is probably well equipped to handle this criticism. So, let’s get into it.
What Does JPW Racing Tipster Offer?
Writing about JPW Racing Tipster is a bit of a difficult thing, if I’m entirely honest. I’ve spent some time writing and re-writing the start because in many respects, there is just so much on offer. And what you get all depends on what kind of subscription you opt for and a whole host of other elements.
With that in mind, I think probably the best place to start is looking at what overlap there is between the different services. Because honestly, there is a surprising amount of this, but I want to start with probably the most obvious thing that they have in common. Namely, the bets that you can expect to see.
Now, JPW Racing Tipster is a horse racing tipster service. As I say, oh so often, this does inherently limit the betting markets that are available to you. I do like to see the fact that James Walsh is leaning on both straight win and each way bets though. This opens the door for still backing bets that are strong outsiders, but still carry some value.
Another element that ties into this is the odds that you are betting on. Now, James Walsh does provide insight into what kinds of odds are available when he sends out selections, which is a very welcome thing to see. But what is really quite good to see is the sheer range of bets. Just across this month, there have been horses win at odds ranging from 7/1 down to 15/8. Meanwhile, bets have placed at even higher odds than these. Across the board, the average odds come in at 19/2 which is pretty impressive.
As well as that, I also find it interesting to see that JPW Racing Tipster has historically looked to use some larger and more exotic accumulators. Specifically, they had Lucky 15’s for each day at Cheltenham. There were also smaller doubles and trebles as well. All of these definitely add to the excitement, and the earnings potential.
The other major similarity across all subscriptions is how James Walsh manages the service. And this is an area where, in my eyes, JPW Racing Tipster really does excel and stand out as something special. First things first, selections are sent out directly via text. They are also sent via email as well, but that is not the focus of things. And there is all of the information here that you would expect, including (as already mentioned) odds. This gives you a really good idea of what to look out for.
What you also get is a link to a member’s area on the JPW Racing Tipster website. Here you can see a full write up on why a given horse has been selected by James Walsh. These are detailed enough without going overboard. This is something that I always rate from a tipster, and I can’t help but feel like this should probably be the level that the wider industry aims for.
With all that out of the way, let’s talk about those differences. Effectively, there are multiple packages that are available here. That in and of itself isn’t new, but each package provides you with very different selections. For example, JPW Racing Tipster comes with options to sign up for the whole National Hunt season, festivals, weekends, Saturdays only, and combinations of these as well.
Naturally, this can more or less betting depending on what package you are on. What I will say though is that in terms of the volume of bets, I think that JPW Racing Tipster is pretty manageable. The exception to this is when you get the bigger racing festivals on. For example, Goodwood had 25 bets advised in just 4 days last year. Cheltenham had 58 bets back in March. Don’t forget, that is spread over just a few days.
Now, this can be problematic. I won’t pretend that it isn’t. The fact of the matter is that a quick look at the stakes involved with JPW Racing Tipster show how James Walsh’s approach can add up. On some of those busy festival days you can end up staking close to 20 points with bets advised at less than half a point each way, all the way up to multiple point bets. Now, that is a considerable amount of money at £10 per point.
The final thing to talk about is the strike rate. Now, this varies based on what you are looking to sign up for, but across all weekend bets and festivals, the number stands at a shade under 30%. Given the average odds, I don’t really think that is too bad a result.
How Does JPW Racing Tipster Work?
When it comes to how JPW Racing Tipster works, I think there are a few different elements at play. Now, the most obvious one is that which I have mentioned already. James Walsh provides a full and incredibly comprehensive breakdown of exactly why every horse is being selected. For my money, there is no better explanation of how thins work than that.
But let’s move on from this a little. Because there is still more than that going on in my opinion. James Walsh talks a lot about his past in betting. An area that is considerable to say the least. For some context here, JPW Racing Tipster was started way back in 2008. That makes it about 13 years old at the time of writing. We are also told that he has been “studying horses” since the age of 14. Something that I see little reason to question.
The final element of JPW Racing Tipster in my eyes is, simply put, value. This is at the core of everything that the service does and the odds reflect this. And in many respects, I feel like it makes a certain amount of sense. When there is more betting going (as happens with weekends and festivals) the bookies are generally under a bit more pressure. Something that a savvy bettor could capitalise on.
Whilst all of this is great, it is also very welcome that James Walsh includes comprehensive proofing. This really lets you get a feel for the results and what you can expect for the future. When you bring it all together, it means that you can categorically make an informed decision about what you are doing. Something that most services don’t really accommodate.
What is the Initial Investment?
Now we come to the pricing, and probably not surprisingly, this is going to be a longwinded affair. So please, bear with me. First things first, I want to talk about the National Hunt service. This is priced at £129.99 and covers the whole National Hunt season. It also comes with the JPW 40 to Follow ebook. This gives you some advice and insight for betting on the upcoming season.
Moving on from that, let’s talk about the more “core” systems of JPW Racing Tipster. And I want to start with the most basic, which is the “Saturday Specials”. This is priced at £39 per quarter, £65 every 6 months, or £119 for 12 months. Of note is that if a festival falls on a Saturday, you will receive tips for it.
For the whole weekend, you pay a relatively marginal increase. This means paying £45 per quarter, £79 every 6 months, or £149 for the year. As with Saturday Specials, if there are festivals over the weekend, you can expect to receive selections for them.
Then there is a festivals only service. This is priced at £39 per quarter, £65 every 6 months, or £119 for the year. With the festivals, there is also the option to simply sign up for an upcoming festival only. This ranges in price from £4 all the way up to £18.99.
If you want festivals and Saturday racing, this will set you back £55 per quarter, £99 every 6 months, or £185 for the year. If you want to include the whole weekend, the prices increase slightly £60 per quarter, £105 every 6 months, or £199 every 12 months. Phew, done.
There is no money back guarantee in place for any of these options, however, James Walsh does allow you to sign up to JPW Racing Tipster for 28 days at a cost of just £2.99.
What is the Rate of Return?
Since January 2020 (so a little over a year), across both festivals and weekend racing, JPW Racing Tipster has made a profit of £1337 to £10 stakes. This means “just” 133.7 points. Now, I appreciate that doesn’t sound like a huge amount compared to some tipsters, but considering how much less betting James Walsh does, I am actually quite impressed. The same can be said for the ROI which stands at 22.03%.
Elsewhere, the Festivals and Saturdays package is at 78 points of profit with an ROI of 14.56%. Betting purely over the weekend would have produced 104.9 points of profit with an ROI of 26.92%. Betting only on Saturday would see you make a 43.1 point profit and an ROI of 14.81%. Finally, betting solely on festivals would see a profit of 54.4% and an ROI of 16.23%.
The long and short of it all if you ask me, is that JPW Racing Tipster is profitable pretty much whichever option you choose. It mostly becomes a question at this point about how often you want to be betting on racing.
Conclusion for JPW Racing Tipster
Just in case I haven’t made it abundantly clear yet, I rather like JPW Racing Tipster. It is something that is genuinely different to most tipster services on the market, and more impressively, there is the fact that it has actually performed well. This might sound a little bit redundant, but that last part is really quite important.
So, what exactly do I like here so much? Well, there are a few things if I’m completely honest. First and foremost, I really like the fact that James Walsh does everything properly. Much of how he manages his service is in line with what I think most tipsters should be aiming for. This includes things like sending out tips via text message (I can’t tell you how often I miss emails) and detailed write ups.
And on the topic of that latter point, I like the transparency of the service. There is no smoke and mirrors here. Even things like the staking plan make a clear sense. Longer shots are really reigned in, rarely do you see big bets on outlandish numbers. It isn’t groundbreaking, but there is a lot to be said for just doing the job properly.
Finally, I really rate that this is a service for casual punters. There is no paying an excess here for bets that you will struggle to place because of work commitments and the like. In my eyes, all of this is set up for the armchair enthusiast who is looking for a bit of an edge on their horse racing. And why not?
Of course, this won’t be for everybody. Being completely straight, whilst the results are very good “all things considered”, when you compare them to other tipster services on the market, JPW Racing Tipster just doesn’t perform so well. For example, do I think 54 points taken from festivals is a good profit? Absolutely.
But there are tipsters out there who are, on a really good month, getting this in just one month. Of course, you pay for that in multiple ways, but if you are just about the bottom line, you might find this lacking. By the same token, if you just like to tune into coverage of an afternoon and put a few quid on the horses, well, that money isn’t bad.
It’s all about context, I think. If you view betting seriously as a source of income, £544 isn’t great. If you are a fan of the sport and put a few quid on to make it more interesting, £544 is a decent meal out (or in these days) every month. For a simple hobby, that isn’t a bad turn of results. And of course, that all scales up the more involved you want to be.
So, all things considered, I think JPW Racing Tipster is worth a serious look. So long as you aren’t too serious about betting. If you’re already involved in betting though, take it a bit more seriously, and already have horse racing tipsters in place… Well, there is questionable value here. It would be difficult to justify paying extra for something that you are already getting elsewhere.
The thing is, it might not be explicitly stated, but in my mind, this is absolutely aimed at your more casual punters. And I really don’t think that a casual punter could ask much more of a tipster than what James Walsh is doing here. There is clear value for money to be had, respectable profits, and an opportunity to learn more about horse racing. It’s a pretty complete package.