If you're anything like me, dear reader, you get lots of emails and the occasional mailshot promoting numerous of the panoply of racing systems and tipster services out there. And, if you're anything like me, you often wonder whether their performance actually matches their headline claims... So it was with interest that I received a mailshot from the Bill Harris Racing System (by AD Associates) this morning.
A superlative mailshot it was too (I'm a bit of a student of such things!): 20 page full colour brochure on thick glossy paper; a further four page colour insert; and yet another two sided insert; confidentiality agreement; and order form.
Grand promises too. In point of fact, a three grand promise. "Make Â£3,000 in the next eight weeks or get double your money back". How can we possibly lose? Hmm...
Furthermore, the blurb assured me that the service had been proofed to Racing-Index. Indeed it has, under a different name - Pro Punter Betting.
And the performance quoted was indeed the performance achieved in the period prior to advertising. But herein lies the problem. My hackneyed catchphrase, 'After a good run, expect a bad run' comes readily to mind.
(Incidentally, this caught me out recently when a promotion for my own Laying System following a good run, led to a glut of free trialists and... predictably enough, with hindsight... a very poor run, from which we're now recovering).
So, it is perhaps not a surprise that since the promotion started, the wheels have fallen off the Bill Harris / Pro Punter system. Indeed, their results have descended off a cliff...
No problem though, because of course you can get a refund. And not just any old refund, but a double your money refund at that! Except... well, except it seems you can't. Reports from the respected 'What Really Wins Money' service, run by Clive Keeling, suggest that it's a protracted affair trying to recoup your monies from AD Associates. The quote I read stated it took around three months for AD to get back to the disgruntled customer. In many cases, the refund was simply refused.
My advice on Bill Harris / Pro Punter / anything from AD Associates (who are highly active postal advertisers), is steer well clear...
Now for something completely different... I've received some rather fetching photos of our new pet, Obvious. She's a beautiful looking beast, and Julia said "she is floating when cantering - she seems too good to be true".
Now I've had bits of nag with Julia since 2000, and she's rarely given to hyperbole, so I think she's genuinely very pleased with how Obvious is coming along. It's still very early days, so let's see how things pan out. But, for now, we're all getting a bit excited!
Finally, there's one I quietly fancy tonight at Kempton. Although Gavin's favourite, Action Impact, should go close in the first, it is in the last race that I'm playing.
A 14 runner Class 6 handicap may not be everyone's cup of tea, and - in fairness - this is a bit of a straw clutcher, but... she's finished 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th in her last four starts over course and distance; she's finished 1st, 2nd, 5th in her three starts over course, distance and in the grade; she's getting weight from all her rivals; and... she's a 10/1 shot, nibbled from 12's early.
Her name? Convallaria (each way).
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