I am sometimes a kiss-of-death for services, which seem to hit an unusual poor performance period just as I start following. I have said this before, I should be paid to stay away from some services!

Anyway, Top Dogs, a greyhound tipping service that costs £39.95 per month.

We were asked to trial this service again as the first review hit an unusual poor period, only for this to happen on this second time with a very poor September. Take this poor month away and profit would look much better.

However, if I look at the monthly profits over the past 2 years, we can see that, long term, this service does make a tidy profit of £3,275 (327.5 points at £10 per point); an average of £136 per month.

This trial ended 11.36 points down (-£113.60 at £10 per point) to which another £120 of subscriptions need to be added.

The service is straight-forward, you receive an email with the selections around 10 to 11 a.m. and you place the bet. As you can see in the sample below, there is a Minimum Target Odds recommendation, I just used the ‘Current Best Odds’ to monitor performance. Betfair is an option but I didn’t track Betfair prices.

This is an example of the selections you receive:

Track: Central Park

Race: 19:18

Trap: 4

Dog: Laughill Scott

Stake: 0.5 point win

Current Best Odds: 5.5 (9/2)

Bookmaker(s): Coral

Minimum Target Odds: 3.75 (11/4)

Bookmaker(s) currently offering odds: Generally Available

I would normally fail this service based on this trial. However, as the service does make a profit when I am not trialling it (!) I am going to give this a neutral rating.

You can get Top Dogs here