Clive’s Betting Diary: The Freebie Analysis

This series is all about the ups and downs of a tipster portfolio approach to sports betting. It’s not here to directly promote any of the services and it’s certainly not here to criticise them either (after all, I’d be quite the fool to stake my own money on a service I don’t have faith in!)

Ultimately, the sole goal is to show that, despite the natural peaks and troughs, it is possible to make a good side income from sports betting if you follow the right services. All it takes is a little bit of organisation, and plenty of patience!

Please Note: I’ve written an introduction to this betting diary feature which you will need to read first to make sense of the below. You can find it on the Bet Chat website by clicking this link.

After a hiatus, the diary is back and I’m kicking things off with a long overdue look at the freebies I’ve been following.

There are lots of different things to consider. Is the tipster profitable? Are they building a sufficient ROI? Does the volume suit your time? Are you happy with the odds range? Is the strike rate high enough for your bank? Of particular importance to me is the timing of the tips because I work full time and am often away from my desk.

Please Note: All results below are based on £5 level stakes (all bets 1 point)

Little Beauty

-£65.40/-24.68% ROI

Insufficient selections at the odds (average 12.05/1) to make a worthwhile long-term profit



Good selections (69% have shortened in price) with good ROI so far. His was the first freebie I picked up and I have used it as a toy backing trixies and lucky 15s. I don’t know how much it costs so will find out with a view to buying.

SBC Pricewise


This has confused me. Tips come irregularly through Telegram and appear to be Tom Segal’s Pricewise tips and the author’s own. This makes it very difficult to follow. I wouldn’t put anyone off it but it’s not for me.



Unprofitable and very irregular. It was an easy decision to ditch.

Winning Post


A big name tipster but backing the night before is an easy way to get gubbed. I think it would prove profitable long-term but it’s not for me.

ITV Racing


It is the second time I have tried this one. I feel he is unnecessarily hampered by using only TV races and having to tip them all. For this reason, I find it hard to trust the service and therefore easy to ditch.

Betting Man


Similar in construct to Winning Systems. Both use systems, though BM doesn’t advertise this. Similar results too but I trust Kieran and don’t trust BM. When he does move to a public service, he will likely overcharge as he did last time when I also caught him using another person’s tips.

Racing Consultants

+£296.35/+19.41% (stakes doubled after a month of following on 20/08)

Another big name of the tipping world who has done very well these last three months, hence the doubling of stakes. A near 20% return may not be sustainable but he ticks every box.

Winning Systems


Kieran’s emphasis on short priced favourites keeps his strike rate (33%) up and, like all good tipsters, he is priced sensibly.

Flat Flyers

+£409.44/+10.36% (stakes doubled after three months of following on 19/07)

Got off to a very good start and like most tipsters hasn’t maintained it, but I can handle profit followed by a period of standing still followed by more profit which is what I’ve seen since April. Very regular with times too which is good for me.

Hidden Winners


A good start (followed from 08/08). Good enough strike rate for the odds range. A useful discount is available for buying both this and Flat Flyers.



Poor start (followed from 31/08) but early days. I’ll pursue it for a coupled more months.

The Conclusion

  2. Where necessary, I will increase to £10 per selection.
  3. I will make enquiries on RACEOLOGY.
  4. I will continue for the time being at £5 per point with HAYMAKER.

If you’d like all of my collated info on the free strategies (including start/end dates, number of bets etc), just click this link for my spreadsheet.

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