Strike Rate Racing is a new to market horse racing tipster service that has supposedly proven incredibly profitable for subscribers. What really stands out however is the seeming lack of risk.
Introduction to Strike Rate Racing
I’ve been doing this for a long time. Long enough to see a lot of tipster services come, go, and oftentimes come back again too. I’ve been around long enough to see brands grow from small time to some of the best tipster stables in the world, and I have seen huge names that didn’t seem like they could fail do just that. What does surprise me though is the fact that I’ve been doing this for long enough that I am now seeing names being reused by tipsters for their new service. Which is interesting and indicative of how quickly things work.
But that isn’t the only reason that today’s review subject, Strike Rate Racing, caught my eye. No, if that were the case I can tell you for nothing that I wouldn’t be able to move for services that were reminiscent of something else. Instead, it is the headlining claim that this is a “Horse Racing Service With A HIGH WINNING STRIKE RATE”. That is something that is really outstanding to me because if you are winning consistently, then in theory, it should be easy for a service to reach some quite exceptional income (that I will come to later).
Of course, as impressive as all of this might sound (and I do think that it sounds incredibly impressive), there remain some questions around Strike Rate Racing in my mind. There is a lot here that is… well, I think that it’s probably fair to say it’s suspiciously convenient. I know that this sounds somewhat counterintuitive. If everything seems to come together, why would that be a problem? A valid question. But here’s the thing, I’ve been involved in this line of work for long enough to spot a red flag, and this is littered with them. So, let’s get into it.
What Does Strike Rate Racing Offer?
On the surface of things, Strike Rate Racing seems like a simple enough tipster service. Everything that the team are doing seems to be relatively straight forward, which isn’t a bad thing at all. However, despite this statement, there are a lot of things that I would consider to be a bit of a red flag, if I’m really honest. The fact is that just because something seems to be reasonable, that doesn’t always mean that it is.
Let’s start by talking about the logistics of Strike Rate Racing. One of the first things that stands out to me looking at this is that it isn’t a daily service. In and of itself, not a problem. In fact, I have always said that I’d rather not deal with a service that is sending tips out on the daily. Because the truth of the matter is that there aren’t many systems that are providing genuine tips that actually stand a chance every day of the week.
Unfortunately, given that Strike Rate Racing runs Monday to Friday no matter what, it actually ends up being in the same boat. It sounds reasonable, only for that to not really stand up to scrutiny. Something that will become a recurring theme throughout this review. And it isn’t even like there is any real explanation as to why this approach has been taken. It simply is.
Now, sticking with the logistics, this is pretty much what you would expect from any modern tipster service. Selections are sent out directly via email, directly to subscribers. These will land no later than 11am, but typically arrive between 9.45am and 10.30am. Also included is information on how to bet. The team behind Strike Rate Racing make it sound impressive, but it is really quite basic in my opinion.
With all of that out of the way, let’s talk about the bets that you will actually be placing. Well, as you might expect from a horse racing tipster service (especially one of this nature), things are rather limited. From what I have seen, you will be predominantly dealing with those straight win markets if you are following Strike Rate Racing, not that this is an inherently bad thing.
What is somewhat curious is the fact that you can expect to see up to 4 bets on a given day. This mightn’t be a problem if Strike Rate Racing were selective, but the fact that the team behind it are seemingly finding as many as 4 bets, 5 days a week, without fail… that is a concerning point in my mind. Something that is only doubled down on when you try and understand how it all works.
Whilst I’m talking about curiosities in terms of the betting, I was quite surprised to see the kinds of odds that are involved with this. As the name suggests, Strike Rate Racing should have a very high strike rate, and as such, you’d expect those lower odds. Don’t get me wrong, you’re hardly dealing with double digit outsiders, but this still involves odds in excess of 5.0.
Staking wise, it is generally recommended that you stick to level stakes with Strike Rate Racing. This definitely makes a lot of sense here. It allows you to manage your bank well enough, whilst also ensuring that you don’t overcomplicate things. The management part of this is most important as there are a number of elements pertaining to the service that suggest that you may have to face some drawdown.
That allows me to lead into the fact that Strike Rate Racing is claimed to have a high strike rate. Quite how high this is…? Well, we aren’t ever told, rather conveniently. The incredibly limited evidence shows a service that is often winning multiple bets on the bounce. What I’ve seen of Strike Rate Racing suggests that this is unlikely though.
How Does Strike Rate Racing Work?
So, how exactly does Strike Rate Racing work? This is the million dollar question. Because we are told a lot of different things. And whilst all of it sounds incredibly impressive, the thought occurs to me that there is a hell of a lot going on. Furthermore, we aren’t exactly given a lot of evidence backing any of this up from the team. Nonetheless, let’s look at these claims.
We are told that every morning, the team behind Strike Rate Racing are “hard at work before the sun comes up, studying the odds, form, jockey and trainer combinations, weather patterns…”. There is a lot to process here, and in theory, all of these things sound reasonable enough. Building on this, we are told that the team will ultimately utilise “anything that will give us an edge over the bookmakers”. This is what I like to hear.
The sales material continues with this kind of tone. There is a lot of talking about how the team are able to identify the best opportunities and that these are what they send out (which one should hope so). The problem with all of this is that… well, it doesn’t really come with anything backing any of this up. You are very much taking the word off the Strike Rate Racing team that there is anything at all going on in the background.
Whilst this is problematic to me in and of itself, the problem is that there is very little in the way of supporting information. Unfortunately, there is no proofing, there is no… well, anything really. There are a few examples of bets, but nothing that you can really say allows you to make an informed decision on Strike Rate Racing. It also calls into question just how high that “high strike rate” actually is.
What is the Initial Investment?
If you want to sign up to Strike Rate Racing, there are two options available. As you might expect, there are drastic differences in terms of cost and value. The first of these options is a monthly subscription which is priced at £20 (plus VAT) per month The lowest outlay, but substantially worse value. Alternatively, you can sign up for a full year which is a one time cost of £100 (again, plus VAT) per year.
What is the Rate of Return?
The income potential for Strike Rate Racing is seemingly quite significant. The sales material, in the headline, makes reference to their members making “Over £50,000 A Year”. This is seemingly backed up by a screenshot of a William Hill account (which I am highly sceptical of for a number of reasons, however, the fact that the last login for the account was seemingly 5 months ago is telling). Outside of that, there isn’t a lot said or much evidence.
That doesn’t mean that there is no evidence though. There are a few bits of “proof” of profit which are a few examples of winning bets. These are all to £100 stakes which would mean that the £50,000 a year is 500 points of profit. A number that isn’t entirely unfeasible, but it is certainly more than I’ve seen for a long time.
Conclusion for Strike Rate Racing
I have talked before about trends in the wider betting industry, specifically, in terms of systems and tipster services. You get used to seeing these, but they typically pertain to a type of betting, a sport, a niche. Recently though, what I have seen is services altering their claims a bit. When I started doing this, there were plenty of tipsters claiming to make more than £100,000 per year.
Of course, Strike Rate Racing is quite a bit more modest than this. 500 points isn’t impossible, but it is definitely a damn sight more than the reputable tipster down the road is claiming to make you, and at less money. There is clearly still appeal to the numbers, but they are being reframed in a way that makes them more believable and better able to stand up to scrutiny.
And to Joe Bloggs that might be enough. But for somebody like me who does this for a living, the differences are frankly night and day. Because it is about so much more than the money. I’ve already pointed out about the questionable betting screenshot. Do you know what else is questionable though? That William Hill would ever let you take £50,000 out of their accounts without that all coming off one big win.
What I mean by this is that I’ve known successful bettors get their accounts closed (or so heavily restricted they might as well be closed) at a few grand. Not a trifling amount of money by any stretch, but many times less than somebody related to Strike Rate Racing has supposedly made. On the balance of probability, there is good reason to be sceptical of this.
Then let’s look at how Strike Rate Racing supposedly works. It sounds great. A team of professional tipsters working out of the centre of London. Supposedly accountants, bookies, computer scientist and racehorse trainers. They look at all of these elements like odds, jockey and trainer combos, the weather. It all sounds impressive. Unfortunately, it also sounds like a list of buzz words.
The thing is, I know tipsters. I know people who bet using their own systems. And if they talk about what they do, they don’t just reel off a list like that. Because anybody who knows anything will look at it and instantly see through the BS. If you didn’t know though… well, then it all sounds pretty impressive.
And that, I think, is a very important note to end on. Because to me, key to Strike Rate Racing is the fact that this is designed to look good to people who might not know any better. People who are impressed by professions that they believe “fit” with what horse racing tipsters should be, people who don’t question simple ideas. People who have no real idea how much a tipster can realistically make.
If you came into Strike Rate Racing blind, I really couldn’t blame you for being impressed by it. It really does sound good. But to me, this is riddled with problems. I haven’t really mentioned it yet, but the fact that the very premise of the service (a high strike rate) isn’t discussed. Or isn’t even quantified (something that can be done very easily) tells me everything that I need to know.
There are a lot of flights of fancy here and very little that to me, is concrete. Actual evidence is minimal and almost everything boils down to taking the word of the team behind Strike Rate Racing. With actual proofing, with proper insight into a selection process, this might be worth a closer look. But when something doesn’t stand up to basic scrutiny, there is little reason to start throwing your money after it.