Traditionally, platinum has been considered a more precious metal than gold – and though very recently the prices for each commodity have equalled each other, I (and probably everyone else) am still of the instant opinion that platinum is worth more than gold.

Don’t worry: I haven’t confused betting with reviewing some new commodity-training system: I am in fact mentioning this because there are two membership options offered by a horse racing tipping service called Champions Circle Horse Racing Members Club: gold and platinum. Yet, the gold one costs more per month than the platinum one, and I can’t help but feel it should be the other way around.

It’s not the only jarring things about this product, authored by Steven Smith. There are a total of six different systems that form the basis of the two different membership options. So you can potentially get six different sets of tips a day. So things can get a little confusing, especially when there’s overlap of tips (as there is with this service).

Why can’t a tipster just stick with one system – maybe two? Offering six seems to be a scatter-gun approach, with the possible notion that surely some of the systems will provide results in the months that the other fail to do so.

Platinum membership costs £25 a month and sees you receiving three different sets of tips a day from three different selection systems. Gold membership (still jars with me that it’s better than platinum) costs £35 a month and provides you with the same three sets of tips as the platinum system, but three more additional sets of tips based on three more respective selection systems.

So, to recap, platinum membership sends you the advices for selection systems imaginatively titled Standard Membership Tips, Platinum Membership Tips System 1, and Platinum Membership Tips System 2. Gold membership includes all of the above three, and these additional systems: Golden Horses, Magic Horses, and Hotshot Horses.

Tip-containing emails for all six systems are sent out at roughly the same time every day, so you’re suddenly swamped with tips and in a hurry to try and action them before the Betfair prices change. You’ve not got long to do this, as the emails are almost always received as late as half an hour before the first race commences.

This, combined with the frustration of duplicate tips being sent through the six different selection processes, makes for many stress-filled minutes trying to match the odds (something I regularly failed to do) and place the bets in time. Plus, there are a lot of selections – up to 40 or so a day.

It all adds fuel to the fire of arguing that less is more and that the team behind Champions Circle Horse Racing Members Club are trying to do too much and juggle too many systems.

The tips are win-only bets and the odds vary from the favourite to some ridiculous punts.

The results of each of the six selection systems are kind of published on the Champions Circle Horse Racing Members Club website. I say ‘kind of’ because there’s no real detail here and no option to download a spreadsheet with all the requisite elements that you’d want to see. There’s no proofing on any external independent websites either, so it’s difficult to take them totally at their word.

Nevertheless, the Champions Circle Horse Racing Members Club performed well during my two-month trial. Some of the selection systems performed better than others – but you can only expect that from a tipster service such as this (and may be the reason why they take this approach – where one fails another succeeds). Obviously, the service can only survive if overall more profit is made by loss. Their published results show this to be true, and my trial does back this up.

In total, the gold membership (the more expensive one so you get all six system tips) resulted in 2324 tips (you do need to make sure you’re financially comfortable placing an average of 37.5 tips a day). Of these, 610 provided winners, which gives us a strike-rate of 26.2%. Broken down, there were 1283 tips in the platinum (more basic) membership and 318 winners; and 1041 additional tips in the gold (more expensive) membership, providing an additional 292 winners.

Of the six systems, the Standard Tips, the Platinum 1 Tips, and the Golden Horses Tips performed consistently well and the Platinum 2 Tips were consistently bad. Generally, the horses of the three additional systems of the gold membership offer had good odds that occasionally won, pushing the profit margins up significantly.

Ultimately, with the six combined systems, my bank showed profit of 66.5 points, and this stands at a significantly lower 12.8 points profit with just the three systems of the more basic platinum membership.

Profit shown, therefore Champions Circle Horse Racing Members Club seems to be a good service, but it could be improved upon. Emails should arrive much sooner, especially because of the volume of tips you have to get through. You need to be on your toes when placing tips to make sure you don’t duplicate bet. Additionally, they should proof their results on an independent external website.

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