The Winning Tipster is a horse racing tipster service which is operated by tipster Gavin Foley. Supposedly, he has generally maintained some decent looking profits for around 7 years.
Introduction to The Winning Tipster
I’ll be honest with you. It’s very rare that I look at a new review and find myself saying well, that’s that then. But in theory everything that you need to know about The Winning Tipster is right there in the name. Gavin Foley is quite literally claiming to be “The Winning Tipster”. Those are some very bold statements. And if I’m honest, there are a lot of bold statements that are made in relation to this service. The kinds of statements that I’d usually write off.
But here’s the kicker. And the reason why The Winning Tipster is so genuinely interesting to me. That all boils down to the fact that Gavin Foley seems to be a genuine guy. Now, don’t get me wrong. Anybody can come across as genuine. You only have to look at the number of questionable services that gain traction to see that. But this isn’t just about that gut feeling. The fact is that this is a well backed up service.
So, I can honestly say that for the first time in a while, I am actually quite excited to look at The Winning Tipster. This is a tipster service that may just tick all of the boxes. Everything is concise, well presented, and tells you what you need to know. These shouldn’t be rarities, but they often are. So, with that out there, let’s dive right into this and see if Gavin Foley really is capable of delivering here.
What Does The Winning Tipster Offer?
I feel like I often find myself talking about the fact that when it comes to horse racing, it can be difficult to do anything a bit different. But straight away, the first thing that I noticed here is that that is exactly what Gavin Foley is managing to do. Don’t get me wrong, he’s working within the same confines as everybody else. But his approach just… It stands out.
Now, let’s get a few things out of the way first of all. Namely, the logistical elements. The Winning Tipster operates pretty much as you’d expect from a modern tipster service. Of course, this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The fact is that it’s a lot easier getting tips via email than the old days. When you’d have to call a premium number and wait whilst some recorded message draws out the selections…
But that is ignoring what Gavin Foley does right with The Winning Tipster. One of the things that really stands out to me first of all is the betting advice that you receive. It is frustratingly normal to simply receive a list of bets. This definitely goes above and beyond this, with one of the key components being that you actually receive advice on what odds to look for.
The fact is that you could very easily expect things like this to be normal. But it isn’t. What it means here though is that you are able to avoid bets when the value drops off. And on top of that, Gavin Foley also provides a detailed explanation as to why he has chosen a horse. This is the kind of thing that really should be industry standard. But the fact is that here, it simply elevates The Winning Tipster far above a number of its competitors straight off the mark.
In terms of the bets, there is just so much variety there. And this really isn’t something that is a bad thing (for reasons that I will pick up a little later on). Following The Winning Tipster, you can expect to see obvious things like simply backing a horse to win. On the other hand, you might be backing an each way Trixie. Gavin Foley just seems to bet where there is value.
This assertion is in on small part fueled by the fact that there are a massive range of odds that you’ll be betting on. Mostly, these will tend to be quite middling (think 3/1 up to 6/1). But it is also pretty common to see bets advised well into double and even treble figures on some of the double bets. This included a winner at 186/1 (with best odds).
With all of that said, The Winning Tipster isn’t immune from criticism. One of the things that I think is worth keeping in mind before you sign up is that Gavin Foley can be a bit high volume. Whilst most days will have manageable numbers, you should expect to see as many as 6 bets per day. Now that’s still not prohibitive, I’ll happily admit. But it is expensive when you factor in the stakes.
You see, one of the big things about The Winning Tipster is that Gavin Foley doesn’t have a rigid staking plan. He advises the stakes that you should aim to bet, and these can be quite high. As much as 4 points on a given bet. Which on those busier days can mean that you can potentially see as much as 10 points staked. That might not seem a lot, but it isn’t insignificant either.
Especially, I think, in light of the strike rate. Now it is worth noting that Gavin Foley himself doesn’t make any specific claims. I have however taken the liberty of calculating this number myself for 2020. And this comes in at about 20%. That isn’t a massive number, however, the longer odds mean that there is still apparently enough to produce a profit.
How Does The Winning Tipster Work?
Now we come to arguably the single most important element of any tipster service, and that is how it works. Now, let’s be honest for a minute. There isn’t really a whole lot that I can add here. The fact of the matter is that Gavin Foley quite literally tells you why he is making his selections. I definitely can’t do better than it coming straight from the horses mouth.
But with that said, there are some wider things that are worth noting in terms of how The Winning Tipster works. Probably the most obvious thing is the strong focus that exists on finding value based bets. And this is something that I generally applaud. The fact of the matter is that if you’re simply trying to back favourites you need to win so often in order to maintain a profit.
One of the things that is also an indicator of how The Winning Tipster works is that staking plan I mentioned earlier. Gavin Foley is quite clever with his staking very clearly favouring some bets over others. Of course, this doesn’t always work out to plan. But the fact that he was willing to recommend 2 points on a mixed double at 186/1 tells you a lot.
And finally, whilst all of that is great, there is also the fact that The Winning Tipster comes with a very comprehensive breakdown for 2020. This means that you can very easily look at the results and get a decent feel for what to expect in terms of the wins and losses. Whilst not necessarily a part of how it works, this is still a very welcome addition.
What is the Initial Investment?
There are a lot of options if you want to subscribe to The Winning Tipster. And one of the things that I can appreciate is that the pricing is both fair, and reasonable in terms of its incremental increases. First things first, there is the monthly subscription. This is priced at £14 per month which appears to also include the cost of VAT.
If you sign up for two months, this is charged at £26 meaning a £1 per month saving. If you sign up for a quarterly subscription, the cost is £37. This means a saving of £1.67 per month over the monthly subscription. And finally, there is a 6 month membership option for The Winning Tipster which Gavin Foley says is “very limited”. This is priced at £66 and means a saving of £3 per month.
It is noteworthy that there doesn’t appear to be any sort of money back guarantee in place for The Winning Tipster. Gavin Foley certainly doesn’t make any claims in this regard, and as such, I would take this to mean that it isn’t offered.
What is the Rate of Return?
I’ll be straight up. The results for The Winning Tipster are generally strong, but there are also some very definite low points too. Now the core claim is that since 2013, Gavin Foley’s selections have produced 1,433.9 points of profit. That is not an insignificant amount. Nor are the (almost) 205 points per year that this averages out at.
Unfortunately, the distribution of profits aren’t as straight forward as that. For example, 2014 closed on 372 point profit. That is very good. On the flip side of that, there have been a few years where the overall profit has come in at about 20 points per year. At the time of writing 2020 is on about 212 points of profit. That isn’t bad, however it is also bolstered by a pretty substantial win earlier in the year.
Conclusion for The Winning Tipster
Before I sing the praises of The Winning Tipster (because there is a lot to praise), I want to start by addressing the most obvious problem. And that is the potential for everything to go wrong. Because there is a fair amount of it on show when you really scrutinise what Gavin Foley is doing.
I know that I’ve talked about that strike rate of 20%, and that might not sound too bad. 1 bet in 5 winning is something that I’d take. But the reality is that it just doesn’t work out that way all the time. And in actual fact, large losing streaks are a big part of The Winning Tipster. How big? Well, in February this year, Gavin Foley saw 24 bets lose on the bounce for a loss of 32.5 points. And even as I write this, we’re in the middle of another losing streak.
With all of that out of the way, let’s talk about why it isn’t necessarily the biggest problem. First things first, there is just straight up the fact that The Winning Tipster is producing a profit. Admittedly, they haven’t always been particularly substantial, but there is no ignoring that Gavin Foley has achieved this.
But the real value in my eyes doesn’t necessarily come just from the profit. The first and most important thing to talk about in terms of the value is… Well, it’s the value. What Gavin Foley is asking here is a third of what some tipsters would look to charge for a service. This means that straight away, you don’t necessarily need to make as much profit.
Using say, £10 stakes, I can think of other services where you’d be paying out potentially an extra 3 points per month. Which would mean an extra 36 points over the year just to be in the same position. This means that even though The Winning Tipster isn’t quite as profitable as some services, it doesn’t necessarily have to be.
But the real star of the show when I look at The Winning Tipster is Gavin Foley himself. The man very clearly knows horse racing. From talking about his time as an owner, to simply showing his understanding when he talks about his selections, it’s quite apparent to me that he isn’t talking crap. That’s a difficult thing for a lot of tipster services to say and be able to cash that cheque.
So what do I think of The Winning Tipster? Not surprisingly, I’d say that this is worth some quite serious consideration. Now don’t get me wrong. It’s quite a long way from perfect. And if you were going to follow Gavin Foley, you would definitely need a long term mindset in order to get the most out of it. But I’d say that generally speaking, you’d do well to adopt this.
The fact of the matter is that there are a lot of naff tipster services on the market at the moment. As such, simply having somebody who is genuine and knowledgeable instantly makes The Winning Tipster better than most services out there. And when you factor in the cost, it really does mean that this is something that is worthwhile considering. Especially compared to that wider market.