Time to look at how everything adds up for the last year or so in terms of profits, subscriptions, missed opportunities, fuck ups etc.
I started this blog on 1 October 2007, although I started following the advices of my initial tipsters a few days before this.
My original subscriptions were as follows:-
Isiris £1695 (23/09/07) until 31/12/2008
Mark Holder £897 (24/09/07) for 6 months
Henry Rix £999 (23/09/07) for 6 months
Steve Lewis Hamilton £725 (24/09/07) until 01/05/08
Mathematician £49.99 per month (so 3 months - £150)
Optimum Racing £197 (3 month trial to 31/01/08)
Paul Jones NH / Cheltenham ante-post service £195 (this is the 08/09 price, can't find a record of what I paid last year but it was roughly the same I think.
Total paid £4,858
Between 23/09/07 and 31/12/2007 I made a profit of £5,271. Effectively paying for the subs to that point.
My experiences with the services are all detailed throughout the blog, but due to disappointing results I dispensed with the services of Mark Holder and Henry Rix after the initial six months.
Was looking for other services to increase my portfolio and so boost the profits. Received an invitation to join Blue Sky Racing for an initial six month subscription, but if you read the blog back this was an unmitigated disaster for me and I gave up once the losses reached over £3,000.
Made a much better decision to join the Tipping Legends horses and golf services and have made excellent profits following their advice since the summer.
Finally, the last service I got involved with was The Form Analyst, Graeme Dand. This is a brand new service and I'm sure Graeme won't mind me saying it's very much a work in progress. However, in the short time I've been with him it's clear that Graeme is indeed a great form student, and he will produce great returns for his subscribers.
Subs paid 2008
Blue Sky Racing £500 (25/04/08) for 6 months
Tipping Legends £555 01/06/08 for 6 months
Tipping Legends £1275 - year to 30/11/09
Mathematician £49.99 per month (£600 for year)
Steve Lewis Hamilton £1,100 - year to 01/05/09
Graeme Dand £95 for 3 months to 15/01/09
Optimum Racing £1,197 - year to 30/06/09
Paul Jones Cheltenham Service £ 195
Total subs paid in 2008 £5,517.
In summary then, since September 2007 I've made a profit of £27,021 and paid subscriptions of £10,375 !! This gives a net profit of £16,646. In addition there are the extra costs of making the phone calls - say £40/month so another £500 or so to come off there.
Obviously I've spent a huge amount on subscriptions, partly due to trying to find the best services for me and I'm now very happy with the ones I have now.
If I could have anticipated the results I wouldn't have joined Mark Holder, Henry Rix or Blue Sky Racing. I would have saved £2,396 in subs and £3,302 in losses (ie these three cost me £5,698 !!!). However that's all academic and those are the results.
Also, I did miss out on extra profits by missing winners through various circumstances - but all my own fault. Two consecutive Mondays in November stick out - missed 4 winners while I was in hospital getting checked out after my motorbike crash, and then the following week I totally forgot to ring SLH's line and missed out on a 16/1 double - over £2000 went begging on those two days alone.
Another thing which has held me back I think has been buggering around with the staking plan. Obviously all the services use different levels of points or units, and recommended betting banks and it was causing me problems trying to amalgamate them all into a plan which worked. Finally worked a plan out in November which seems to sit very well with how I want to play the game, in terms of staking and betting style - each way betting has largely been binned except for advised each way doubles and the golf bets.
Isiris has now closed down, it may re-open from March 1st and KB will write to us in February to confirm whether he is coming back or not. If he does, then I will re-subscribe.
Overall then, I think a very satisfactory year in 2008. Made some bad decisions and some stupid mistakes, but given the services continue to provide similar results in 2009 then things are looking very good indeed.
Subs I need to pay in 2009 will be around £5,000 if Isiris don't come back, I guess another £1500 if they do. Most of my subs are paid well into the New Year, and I may time my renewals so they all end on 31 December if I can ...doesn't really matter but if I do go down that route, then I will spend less than forecast.
Target for 2009 then from the tipsters - a profit of £30,000 before accounting for subs so I would like to clear £25,000 this year. It's a tall order but I think the last few months have shown what is possible, and I'm confident that I can achieve it.
Would like to make additional profits from sports betting, price trading and poker. Not got anything in mind in terms of a target as yet, just keep disciplined and work hard at it and see how it goes.
Think I've covered everything there, but if you have any comments or questions then ask away.