Spot Winners is a new to market horse racing tipster service which comes courtesy of a tipster, Andrew Chadwick. He claims that his service can be hugely profitable for subscribers, seemingly with very little risk.
Introduction to Spot Winners
I always think that it’s hard to not pay attention to a good headline. There are often plenty of very legitimate questions about the truthfulness of them. But when you see something that makes some truly fantastic claims, well, I just find it hard to ignore. Either it’s going to be genuine, and I can potentially make a mint. Or it’s all very questionable, and in writing about it, I help save people time and money. It’s a bit of a win win for me.
Now the subject of today’s review, Spot Winners, comes with some very impressive headlines. There is talk of being able to “stick two fingers up at the greedy bookies”, “Utilize The Power Of Private Information To Spot BIG Winners”, as well as a claim that “Private information from horse racing’s elite has been brought to the public domain”. All that in one header? If Andrew Chadwick can only deliver a part of these claims, you’re onto a winner.
Of course, it would be naïve of me to ignore the fact that I have looked at countless products that make similar claims to Spot Winners. Unfortunately, they haven’t delivered. And the fact of the matter is that there is enough evidence to suggest that Spot Winners might not be so different. Keeping that in mind, let’s see if this is actually any good or not.
What Does Spot Winners Offer?
So, what exactly are you getting here? According to Andrew Chadwick, signing up gives you access to a number of things including “A Network that will help you Generate Your First Profits Today”, “A simple but effective approach any punter with any level of experience can use”, and “A Solution which requires a low starting bank and no studying of form or stats”.
Personally though, I would describe Spot Winners as a very typical tipster service. In fact, outside of the narrative of how the whole thing came into being (a topic that I will talk about in detail a little later), I would say that this is ultimately wholly unremarkable.
This starts with the logistics of the service. Once you are signed up to Spot Winners, you will start receiving selections directly to your email. As you would expect from any tipster service these days. They are typically sent out on the morning of racing and are provided on a near daily basis. When there are no tip days, Andrew Chadwick does at least notify you, which is something.
The content of these emails is very bare bones. Don’t get me wrong, you get enough information from Spot Winners to get bets placed, but do not expect to receive much more than this. Now for me, this is something of a problem (for reasons that I will come to), although others will place less weight on this.
Moving on to the bets themselves, there is a combination of win bets and each way bets advised through Spot Winners. According to Andrew Chadwick, thee are based on the odds, but honestly, this correlation seems to be somewhat loose.
And on the topic of odds, I think it is important to highlight the claim that Andrew Chadwick makes that you won’t be betting on “odds on shots” and that there is a focus on value. The odds that I have seen have all been relatively middling. There have been a few longer shots, but I think that the sales material for Spot Winners paints a bit of a different picture to the reality.
In terms of the volume of bets, everything is all very manageable. On a typical day, Andrew Chadwick sends out up to 3 bets. When it comes to weekends though (when there is generally more interest in racing), the number of bets that are advised can go up to as many as 5 bets on a given day. Even at this higher figure, I will say that Spot Winners isn’t ever prohibitively high volume.
Now we come to arguably the more important elements of Spot Winners, and I want to start with the strike rate. You see, Andrew Chadwick rather quietly claims that the strike rate for Spot Winners is “around 40%”. It is worth noting that this is only mentioned the once in the FAQ’s element of the sales material.
In theory, this is a relatively believable number. However, there are a few things that I think are worth mentioning. Firstly, the headline makes reference to a “higher strike rate”. For my money, I think that this is a bit misleading if I’m honest, especially in light of my second point. This boils down to the fact that I don’t believe that this number is actually genuine.
Everything I’ve seen points to a much lower strike rate than that which is claimed. On top of this, there isn’t any proofing provided for Spot Winners. This means that you can’t even look at past results and ascertain if this ever actually was a tangible result.
Finally, I want to talk about the staking plan, or, the lack thereof. Nothing that I have seen pertaining to Spot Winners has actually demonstrated any kind of staking plan. Realistically, I would be looking to stick to level stakes if I were following Andrew Chadwick’s advice with a pretty significant betting bank in place (think a 100 point minimum).
This isn’t because I think you will necessarily burn through a betting bank particularly quickly (the volume of bets minimises the potential losses). The recommendation is more because I think you could easily think that it is worth staking more or maintaining a smaller bank based off a strike rate claim that I don’t believe to be particularly factual.
How Does Spot Winners Work?
In terms of how Spot Winners works, I will be blunt. Andrew Chadwick creates one of those marvellous products which manages to tell you so much, all whilst not actually telling you anything. And I put this mostly down to the fact that the focus is on a (highly questionable) narrative rather than anything tangible.
So, according to Andrew Chadwick, he met and became friends with “a particular punter” who was an apprentice jockey. We are told that this guy is “A BIG HITTER”. More specifically, “The type of punter who has Trainers, owners, breeders, jockeys, clockers, grooms, and expert handicappers on speed dial”. It is also inferred that this jockey has a host of inside knowledge.
And from there, we are simply told that when Andrew Chadwick has asked about how said jockey finds his selections (and ultimately, how Spot Winners works) he was told “It Is None Of Your Concern”. However, we are also told that there is some information that is provided. Which we aren’t told about. A fact that I consider to be very telling.
The truth is that what Andrew Chadwick appears to be doing with Spot Winners is absolving himself of responsibility for selections. If the service hits a bad patch, it isn’t his selections that are failing. It’s that jockey’s fault. You know the anonymous one that we’re told nothing about…? All of this sounds incredibly suspect, and not surprisingly, there is nothing that provides additional insight.
What is the Initial Investment?
If you want to sign up to Spot Winners, there is just one option available. This is a one time payment of £47 (plus VAT) for which you seemingly get 90 days of access. It is noteworthy that this is a none recurring subscription and that this number is only mentioned somewhat in passing in the sales material.
Fortunately, there is a full 60 day money back guarantee in place should you find that Spot Winners isn’t for you. This is backed up by the fact that the service is being sold through Clickbank. And, in one of the few things I can credit Andrew Chadwick for, this is clearly stated in the sales material.
What is the Rate of Return?
Now we come to the income potential. The headline claims that you can make £9,301.75 in your first 90 days. Notably, there is no context provided for this number. It could be 930 points to £10 stakes or 9.3 points to £1,000 stakes. Frankly, given the lack of proofing and context, I am rather sceptical about this claim.
We are also told that a bettor named Steven joined Spot Winners and made £2,620.91 in his first 12 days. Again, there is no context provide for the results, however, we are told that this started with a betting bank of just £200. It is once again noteworthy that there is no context provided for how this has been achieved.
Conclusion for Spot Winners
I don’t think it’s particularly difficult to look at Spot Winners and see just how questionable it is as a service. As is so often the case with this kind of thing, there are some very extreme claims made, however, I believe it is also quite apparent that Andrew Chadwick doesn’t actually provide any real information.
Now, I will (begrudgingly) concede that this could be down to the fact that all of the claims that he makes are genuine and there really is a jockey whose identity must be kept secret. But what is more likely? That, or a vendor who is looking to create a scenario which sounds appealing to people who are perhaps not that knowledgeable about betting?
The fact of the matter is that I genuinely believe that there is a lot more evidence to suggest that it is the latter than the former. You see, one of the things that any genuine tipster service will always furnish you with is evidence. A genuine tipster will want to demonstrate to you that they have the ability to produce profit month on month.
This can include somewhat abstract things like talking about their betting philosophy to very factual examples, such as proofing. But what you are ultimately left with when it comes to Spot Winners, is Andrew Chadwick asking you to blindly take his word that his tips are decent. Well, I say his tips, but they aren’t even that really.
Which actually brings me to another problem with Spot Winners. Let’s just cast aside all of my cynicism for a moment. Even if everything is above board and will be as advertised. What happens to the service if that jockey who is advising Andrew Chadwick suddenly stops for some reason? The fact is that at that point, the service dries up. So, it isn’t even like this is sustainable.
And that’s the thing. Even in the best possible case for Spot Winners, there is still that big thing hanging over it. But ultimately, I see that as pretty irrelevant. The fact is that this is a very questionable tipster service which makes ridiculous claims that it doesn’t seem able to back up.
So, what you ultimately have here is a tipster service that is at least, not particularly expensive. That is definitely a positive. However, the results are entirely unproven, the information on how selections are identified is entirely obfuscated, and from everything that I’ve seen there is just a distinctive lack of quality.
It is clear that the negatives that surround Spot Winners (and you can rest assured that I only picked out a few examples for above, there are definitely more) outweigh what few positives there are. And that is a very bad starting place for a tipster service. And with that in mind, I would definitely be inclined to give this one a miss.