Protege System Overview
The Protege system is a horse betting system that is fairly easy to use and suitable for beginners upwards.
Very bold and impressive claims are made for this system in both the advertising for it and within the manual once you purchase it. A couple of examples:
“752 points level stakes profit to SP achieved in the 2008 Flat Turf Season. 1082 points to Tote enhanced odds and 1131 points to Betfair SP.”
“Out of 212 betting days the system was operated in the 2008 flat system, on only 18 of those days I didn’t go to my bookmakers counter to collect.”
To support these claims a Table (April to November) lists the number of races/winners and returns. The best returning month was October (£22,100 at SP) and the lowest was November (£48 at SP). It should be noted that November had very few selections.
Overall the returns for 2008 are shown as £75,248 at SP; £108,288 at Tote and £113,167 at Befair SP. Winning SPs of up to 66/1 are listed.
Is sold for £95 and is presented as a 30 page document, though 10 of these pages contain the detailed results for the 2008 season. The system itself appears very simple to operate using the Racing Post Online or the Racing Post newspaper. As there are now costs involved in obtaining the racecards with the Racing Post online, the Sporting Life offers a good alternative if checking for possible selections the night before.
In essence the system covers specific race types and specific trainer/owner combinations. These combinations are quoted as “making up about a third of the whole flat racing calendar".
There may be occasions when there is more than one selection in a race; these must all be backed to level stakes.
- Ignore form. Do not be influenced by any tipsters, trainers, jockey quotes in the press.
- Stick with the list of owners/trainers at all times
Starting Bank and Stakes
A 100 point bank should be sufficient which would equate to £1000 at £10 per point, level stakes are recommended.
My initial view
Some of the claims and examples are at odds with each other in that one of the claims refers to the “Flat Turf Season” whilst one of the selection examples in the manual is for the AW. However, and more importantly, I cannot help but think that the system has been generated to fit the 2008 results particularly when I read statements like “all of the results published are 100% genuine and can be back checked using the Racing Post or Racing Post website and to my own knowledge are all researched and correct.” Or “this system has been extensively researched and all information and data written in these pages have been painstakingly put together”.
I suggest that initially you paper trade the selections until you have confidence in the likely success of the system.
Selections – 12th May 2009
Beverley 14:30 - Steel Trade
Brighton 14:10 - Al Rakhaa; Celestial Dream
Lingfield 18:20 - Illusive Spirit; Chicora
Warwick 14:20 - Forget
Warwick 16:20 - Standpoint