The Race Maestro Review

The Race Maestro is a horse racing tipster service which is being offered by the Premium Sports Tipsters platform. It is operated by an unnamed tipster who supposedly has an outstanding pedigree.

Introduction to The Race Maestro

One of the first things that I do when I have a tipster service or betting system land on my desk that piques my interest, is read the sales page. Now I’m not looking for juicy details or reams of numbers at this point. Instead, I am simply looking at the tone of the piece. Because honestly, what isn’t said about a tipster service, can often tell you way more than what is said. All of this is important when considering today’s review.

You see, one of the things that I encounter doing this is a huge amount of crap and BS claims. I can’t tell you how many tipsters will come up with ludicrous stories and ridiculous numbers that “prove” they are the best. The Race Maestro doesn’t do this. Instead, the sales material takes a somewhat subdued tone. Premium Sports Tipsters say that they were simply approached by the tipster behind the service, asked if they want to work with him, and like that, it was done.

Now there are good reasons that they took him up on this that I will explore. But I know that this industry is like, and honestly, I believe everything that they say. This creates a situation with The Race Maestro whereby I am genuinely curious as to what kind of performance you can expect. Let’s dive right in and find out.

What Does The Race Maestro Offer?

I’ll be blunt here and say that The Race Maestro isn’t a tipster service that is going to work for everybody. Now it isn’t very often that I like to start a review by making this kind of blanket statement, but it is important to keep context when looking at this. I will explore the reasoning a little later on, but effectively, this is all… Well, it’s a bit sporadic.

That isn’t to say that Premium Sports Tipsters don’t do a good job of managing the service. Far from it. In terms of what they do, everything looks pretty good. But there are intrinsic elements of The Race Maestro as a service that simply mean that it doesn’t necessarily have the same set up that you might expect from most tipsters.

Now, a big part of this comes down to the logistics of the service. Now, many elements are pretty much as you would expect from a modern tipster service. Selections are sent out on a near daily basis, directly via email. Now, I say “near daily”, however whilst there are quite often no bet days, they tend to be “one offs” rather than large gaps with no bets.

The selections are issued on the morning of racing, however, the timing of them does appear to vary somewhat. This is all down to the tipster who is ultimately behind The Race Maestro, but it makes for the first part of the struggle. They can come any time including, often, late in the day.

I’ve always found that selections being sent out in the morning can have an impact on a number of elements of your betting. Firstly, if you are working a 9-5, it can be hard getting bets placed. But in the case of something like The Race Maestro where there is less structure and routine, it can be even harder. This is also applicable when you look at the odds side of things as well.

Now whilst the emails from Premium Sports Tipsters are pretty good compared to some of what I see, I would definitely be looking to leverage either BOG bookmakers or an odds comparison site if I wanted to get the most out of this. I know I say that a lot, but in the case of The Race Maestro it will become painfully apparent why this is so important here.

So, the bets themselves. There are a massive variety of horse racing markets that are covered here. There is a combination of win, each way, and smaller accumulators of both of these advised. The Race Maestro has also diversified to look at races in the US recently (editors note: at the time of writing this, we are in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and UK sports are almost all cancelled).

This of course means that there are some very big odds up for grabs, especially on those accumulators. Historically though, the tipster behind The Race Maestro has seemingly focused on horses that have lower to middling odds. When this is combined with the staking plan, it makes it quite important to ensure that your wins are always maximised.

You see, advised stakes for The Race Maestro range from 1 points, all the way up to 4 points. An in more recent times, there has been a stronger focus on these bigger bets based off Premium Sports Tipsters’s proofing (something that becomes important when discussing results). As such, this means that the potential for losses can be quite high.

Especially because there isn’t too much structure in terms of the volume of bets either. Some days Premium Sports Tipsters will send out just 1 selection. Others, you may see 3. These numbers aren’t particularly high, but it can mean staking a fair amount over a day.

This somehow manages to prove problematic. You see, the strike rate for The Race Maestro is 25.8%. Given the numbers involved I don’t think that is bad. And this number is genuinely a reflection of roughly what you can expect. However, somehow, despite average odds of 6.57, the numbers just don’t add up to results.

How Does The Race Maestro Work?

In order to understand a little bit about The Race Maestro, you have to look at the story of the service. I really did pretty much cover it in my introduction but I think that there is more than can be said here. So, the tipster who is behind selections, we are told, usually tips the night before racing, however, he had been trying a different angle involving later information.

Unfortunately, that is about all that we are told in terms of what the selection process entails. However, we are told that the tipster behind The Race Maestro has a strong pedigree and has worked consistently well on his main service. We are also told that he has an “incredible long-term record with his service stretching back many years”.

At this point, it is all about whether or not you take Premium Sports Tipsters’s word for this. Personally, I will give them the benefit of doubt here. I know how tipsters are and this is exactly the kind of thing that they will do. Rather then jeopardise an existing service that is profitable, they will reach out to groups like Premium Sports Tipsters and offer their new service.

A big part of my willingness to believe this is the fact that The Race Maestro does come with very extensive proofing. There are result going back almost a year, and as such, you can look at these and get a pretty good idea of what to expect for the future.

What is the Initial Investment?

Another reason that The Race Maestro may not prove to be for everybody is the pricing that is involved. There are two subscription types which are monthly (actually billed every 28 days) and quarterly. The monthly subscription costs £20 for your first 28 days after which it is billed at £40.

Representing much better value is the quarterly subscription. This is priced at £42 for your first 3 months and then £84 every 3 months after that.

It is worth noting that payment for both of these options is handled directly via Paypal and Premium Sports Tipsters do not offer any money back guarantee/refund. As such, you should make very sure that this is for you before you lay down any money on The Race Maestro.  

What is the Rate of Return?

The Race Maestro has been operational since June 2019. Since then, it has a profit that currently stands at 19.69 points to BOG. Now, I’ll give Premium Sports Tipsters the fact that the April losses of 7.3 points may be down to the fact that the tipster behind this is new to US racing, but even discounting that, you are still looking at just 26.99 points of profit at the end of March.

If you aren’t able to get BOG, then you are looking at a lossof  92.96 points to starting prices over this period. BSP fares slightly better with the loss sitting at “just” 41.05 points. For greater context on what all of this this means, we can look at the ROI.

Using that best case scenario of BOG, the ROI for The Race Maestro comes in at just 1.91%. I’ll be frank here and say that given what is being charged, those kinds of results just aren’t good enough at all.

Conclusion for The Race Maestro

Every now and then, there is this odd juxtaposition that exists in this job. You can look at something, acknowledge that in pretty much every way, it is a good product, and then end by saying that it isn’t good enough. And to some degree, that is what I have to do with The Race Maestro.

Let’s start by talking about some of the positives. Firstly, and I know I’ve said this multiple times, I believe this to be genuine. The fact is that if you’re trying to sell a tipster service, an anonymous tipster who is a big name in the industry or sport who helps you out, but conveniently, cannot be identified, is an easy sell. Especially to those who aren’t in the know.

So, when a betting service drags these kinds of statements out, you have to make a decision. In this case, I really do believe them when they say that the tipster has, and still does, operate main service. And I believe that it is doing well. But, unfortunately, those results simply haven’t translated here. And that is probably the single most important element of The Race Maestro.

Just for a minute here, let’s stop and be honest. No matter how you want to try and dress it up, less than 20 points over the course of almost a year is pants. Honestly, without big stakes, that barely covers your subscription costs. So, it doesn’t matter if the tips are coming from a top trainer directly, or John down the pub. If you aren’t making money, it isn’t worth your time.

And even these meagre points profit remains a best case scenario. You only have to look at Premium Sports Tipsters’s proofing to see just how much of the profit is demolished if you aren’t using BOG. And all of that comes in at £40 per month.

 Let’s be honest, The Race Maestro isn’t something that is cheap. This is a huge problem for me because premium costs should demand premium results, at least most of the time. In fact, this amount is pretty much towards the top end of what I would expect to pay for a tipster, especially because it is 4 weekly rather than actual monthly. And I would pay that expecting them to be good.

And with all of that, I can conclude by saying that this is probably one to miss. Which is a shame. I am always willing to give a genuine tipster some time to get out of a slump or find their feet. After all, betting should ultimately be seen as a long term endeavour.

But the results here are just that low that I don’t see there ever being enough profit to make this “worthwhile”. Especially not when there are much better products available on the market which are ultimately much better, at a lower price.  

 

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From: Simon Roberts