Snowy Bets is a long standing and independent horse racing tipster service which has some very solid looking results. Selections come courtesy of tipster Phil “Snowy” Griffiths.
Introduction to Snowy Bets
I won’t lie. Writing this review has been one of the harder things that I have done for some time, and that is mostly because Phil Griffiths’s website is… Well, it’s a bit rubbish, if I’m honest. Everything is a bit of a mess and information is spread all over the place. But it may well be worth navigating, because there is a lot of potential.
The results are actually very bloody good. And the fact that Snowy Bets really does seem to be a genuine independent tipster service (that has made a profit) is one hell of a rarity. There is just so much going on that represents a positive and I am very excited to have a proper look at what is on offer.
So, with all of that out of the way, I want to get straight into looking at this service. Phil Griffiths provides a lot of ground to cover, and that website doesn’t make finding it all any easier. So, let’s dive straight into Snowy Bets and see if it can deliver on that promise that is on display.
What Does Snowy Bets Offer?
There is a lot involved with Snowy Bets, but ultimately, you are getting a near daily horse racing tipster service. Phil Griffiths does miss days, but I genuinely believe that there is good reason for this (which I will come to a little later). As you would expect, the selections are issued directly to subscribers via email.
The quality of these emails is very much spot on really. Phil Griffiths provides everything that you need to know in order to get bets placed, but there is also a bit of personality there as well. That won’t be to everybody’s tastes, but I see it as welcome in the austere world of tipsters. There are factors to consider though, mostly surrounding timing.
Emails are sent out the morning of racing, typically before 10.30am. This should give you time to get the bets placed, and this is something that you will want to do. By and large, the selections from Snowy Bets have a tendency to shorten quite significantly as the race gets closer. This means that you will realistically need to act fast in order to get most out of Phil Griffiths’ advice.
Now, one thing that I do think it is worth mentioning before I start to get into the bets in detail, is the fact that Snowy Bets is predominantly a National Hunt tipster service. You can expect bets year round, but you will be a lot busier during the jumping season than the rest of the year. For me, that isn’t a problem, but you should keep in mind if that will suit you.
So, those bets. Snowy Bets is made up of a combination of straight win bets as well as each way. This certainly helps to keep everything nice and simple. With that said, there is a very definite focus on the each way bets which mostly seems to be down to the way that Phil Griffiths finds selections, and resultantly, the odds involved.
Phil Griffiths himself talks at length about how value plays a big part in Snowy Bets and that is very clear as soon as you look at the proofing. In the last week alone, the shortest odds advised were a 4/1 bet with the longest odds being a few 33/1 outsiders. These aren’t exceptional numbers either and are actually quite representative of what you can expect day to day.
Finally, I want to touch on the volume of bets. Now this can differ massively depending on when you are betting. During the National Hunt season, when a festival is on, you can easily see as many as 9 bets on a given day. Elsewhere, you may get just one or two selections from Phil Griffiths. But I don’t see this as a bad thing at all, because risk management is incredibly important.
This brings me to the staking plan that is in place for Snowy Bets. When Phil Griffiths sends out his emails, he also includes details of how much you should be betting. This can range from 1 point on a bet, all the way up to 10 points on a bet. Naturally that adds up. For example, on Grand National day this year, 30 points were staked in just one day.
On top of this, as you would expect given the odds, there can be quite significant losing streaks as well. These aren’t necessarily commonplace, but there are numerous examples of more than 10 losing bets in a row. At those high stakes, this has a massive impact on your betting bank.
Which in a roundabout way brings me to the strike rate for Snowy Bets. Now, I will say that Phil Griffiths doesn’t provide a specific number for this. With that said, there is comprehensive proofing provided and I have used this to figure out a rough number. By my calculations, Phil Griffiths has hit a strike rate of around 30%.
Now, I could be a little bit off with this (again, the way that Phil Griffiths does things isn’t the easiest to navigate), but I’m definitely in the ballpark Even if I am off by a few percent though, I believe that given those long odds, And the fact that this number is based off 3 and a half years of proofing though, I think that it is fair to say that Snowy Bets is performing well.
How Does Snowy Bets Work?
In terms of how Snowy Bets works, there is a lot of ground to cover. However, Phil Griffiths is refreshingly forthright about what is involved, and (for a change for the website) everything is one place which makes it pretty easy to go over.
So, in my opinion, there are three key elements that make up Snowy Bets. The first of these is Phil Griffiths’ experience. This is the kind of claim that you see a lot in this line of work, however in the case of Snowy Bets, I believe that it is genuine. This means drawing on some 15 years as a full time “pro punter”.
We are also told that there is form reading involved when finding selections. In fact, Phil Griffiths says that he spends anywhere from 2-5 hours a day trying to identify bets. Now I will admit, that this doesn’t tell us a massive amount, but it does provide some more insight which I don’t think is a bad thing at all.
The final element of Snowy Bets is betting on value. Now, I would say that as well as being the final element, it is probably the one that is most important. Phil Griffiths talks extensively about how finding bets that go against the grain is where the smart money is. All of this is evidenced in his “3 P’s” philosophy of “Patience, Prices (for value) & Profit”.
Combine all of this with more than 3 years of proofing and I think it is very easy to see what you are getting yourself into when it comes to Snowy Bets. This is a lot more than I can say for some of the tipster services that I have looked at before.
What is the Initial Investment?
There are a lot of different options available if you want to sign up to Snowy Bets, with a variety of different payment options. If you want to buy directly from Phil Griffiths, there are much more options available. However, there is also an option to purchase a monthly subscription through Clickbank as well.
I will start by talking about the Clickbank option as this does come with a few more points to make. First of all, the sales page for this isn’t widely available on the Snowy Bets website. However, it can be found at https://www.snowysbets.com/snowy-cb.html. The monthly subscription is priced at £39 per month, inclusive of VAT. It also comes with a 60 day money back guarantee.
If you want to buy directly from Phil Griffiths, Snowy Bets has much more variety. The cheapest options by outlay is a Weekday only service. This is priced at £22 per month. If you want to sign up for selections just on the weekends, this is £29 per month.
Representing a significant saving, you can sign up for both weekday and weekend tips for a single monthly payment of £39 (which is in line with the Clickbank pricing). From here on out, there is increased value the longer you sign up for Snowy Bets.
Phil Griffiths is asking £97 for a quarterly subscription, £177 for a 6 monthly subscription, and offering the best value is an annual subscription which is priced at £314. Rather unfortunately though, there doesn’t seem to be any money back guarantee in place on these longer subscriptions.
What is the Rate of Return?
Now we come to the parts of Snowy Bets that really impresses me. Since proofing started in April (and running till the start of October), Phil Griffiths has produced a profit of 1062 points. That is no small feat really. And with October shaping up to have produced in excess of an additional 118 points, the results only look better.
With that said, I do think that it is important to factor in that the stakes that are involved do inevitably have some affect on these results. Whilst I don’t believe for a single second that Phil Griffiths is inflating them articificially, stands to reason that you have to be willing to bet 3 points each way on a 7/1 bet to get the 25.2 points return that the proofing shows.
Conclusion for Snowy Bets
It has been some time since I’ve seen a tipster service that is genuinely independent, and genuinely profitable. And Snowy Bets delivers on both of these fronts. That isn’t something that you see often, and Phil Griffiths should be commended for it. With that said, there are a number of caveats relating to this.
Probably the biggest one is without a doubt the fact that whilst those profits are impressive, they do involve some bloody big stakes in order to attain them. And even to relatively small stakes, this will add up over the course of even a month.
I also think that the price is very much at the top of what I would consider paying. Don’t get me wrong, Phil Griffiths isn’t asking an exorbitant amount of money. But it is a long way from inexpensive. Of course, the price does drop the longer you sign up for, but then you are committing to quite a substantial length of time.
So, does Snowy Bets represent value for money? Well, that all depends on whether or not you are willing to bet at those aforementioned stakes and what kind of subscription you are in a position to sign up for.
Here’s what I ultimately think. I believe pretty much everything that Phil Griffiths says. I don’t doubt his experience, his approach to betting, or his profits. You can’t say that about many tipsters. With that said, whilst most elements of the service are not niche, I do think that when you bring the whole package, it is a bit of a niche service.
If you aren’t fazed by the high stakes, and you are in a position to bank roll them in the long term, then Snowy Bets is a pretty attractive opposition. If you aren’t I think that you will probably struggle. The bottom line for me is that what Phil Griffiths has put together is a perfect example of spending money to make money. But that simply isn’t an option for a lot of people.