by Graham Laurie
When I first got The Selector software I was initially quite pleased with it. It’s quick to install and all you have to do is turn it on in the morning and it takes a couple of minutes to scan the Racing Post website looking for certain criteria to find selections to bet on each day. Sounds good… press a button and hey presto, heres your days bets.
I paper traded to £50 level stakes and made some good profit in the first week. The luck was soon to run out, however, and very quickly the profits dwindled and turned into hefty losses. By the end of the first month I was down by £548.
I was also getting reports that refund requests were not being honoured even though there was an unconditional refund guarantee on the website. I contacted the website owner myself and was pleased to hear that he had started refunding those that asked and I did recieve confirmation of this from a few of my newsletter subscribers and blog readers, however I suspect that there may be some that were not so lucky.
I gave the Selector another month to see how results pan out, after all with level staking everyone can have a bad month. Not good results though, I’m afraid, with another £1,313 loss which, added with the previous £548 makes a grand total of -£1861 to £50 level stakes. In a word… terrible.
I also have concerns about the transparancy of this whole outfit. I’ve done some digging and it transpires that apparantly this was set up by Lee O’Hare of Ex-Jockey and sold onto the new owner, James. I did get a lot of marketing e-mails from Lee promoting the Selector so it could be that part of the deal was that Lee would promote the site, regardless of how well it performed. This could very well be true although I’m therefore not sure why I got an e-mail from The Selector domain but with Lee’s signature, and also when I asked Lee about The Selector, he told me that he had nothing to do with it, he just promoted it. When I then asked why it was his name and e-mail address listed as product vendor in The Selectors affiliate program, he then told me he had created the site and sold it on.
So it turns out Lee actually created few sites and apparantly sold them on. These include freehorseracingtips.co.uk and greyhoundtipster.com (review to follow), and they all promote each others products. Of course there is always the possibility that they are all just run by Lee and he cross promotes all the sites under different names. This is a well known marketing tactic and not illegal although I would suggest that it falls into the catagory of ‘slightly iffy’. This is just speculation of course and I wouldn’t want to suggest there is anything untoward going on.
Suffice it to say, I will put this in the Failed section on the blog and I don’t recommend purchasing The Selector, at least not if you want to back the selections. There may be some merit in it as a good piece of kit for identiying Lay bets though… every stone has a silver lining, as they say.
I’ll be doing a final review of Ex-Jockey plus I have a one-off review of greyhoundtipster over the next few days.
You can get The Selector here: