So very nearly six months into the blog and two of my services are coming up for renewal, namely Mark Holder and Henry Rix.
Among the services I subscribe to, along with Isiris these two are the most high profile tipping services around - and also the most expensive.
As far as the blog is concerned Isiris are showing a profit of £5500 to their advised stakes since I started. Absolutely delighted with them, couldn't ask for more. Also Steve Lewis Hamilton is producing the goods after a slow start, and I'm also starting to get the best out of the e-mails Mathematician sends out, and Paul Jones Cheltenham service was stunning.
It's Henry Rix and Mark Holder which are the problem. Mentioned about 5 weeks ago that I had given up backing the Mark Holder selections after a run of 2 winners in 50 odd bets.
Have been monitoring the service since, indeed I backed a couple of his at Cheltenham and things have improved somewhat with 3 winners in the past few weeks but still not enough to get the account in profit or to cover the subscription cost.
As far as Henry Rix is concerned, I was more than happy at Christmas, with the service showing a healthy profit. However since 22 December, he has given out 27 horses, with not a single winner. Frankly even worse is the fact that only one of them has placed. A loss of 69 points equates to £1725 at my staking level for his selections. A truly appalling run of results by anyones standards, let alone someone who charges £999 for 6 months worth of tips.
Despite that shocking run, I am still £200 in front from his tips but that doesn't cover the subscription.
I believe that his strength is on the flat during the summer months, although at the moment I think his strength is writing advertising copy for the Racing Post !!
At the moment, I am considering my options as to the renewals. Haven't made my mind which way to go yet. I am looking at other services to go alongside the ones which are doing the business for me.
I will be spending more money, just not sure where yet....