We have reached the end of our three month trial of Fantastic Eights and here are the final results:-
|Average number of bets:||2 per day|
|Cost:||£44+VAT per month or £88+VAT per quarter|
Fantastic Eights – Full Review
Fantastic Eights is a horse racing betting service from the Betfan stable of tipsters and they have an excellent long-term record, having amassed over 3,000 points profit since starting tipping in 2015.
The name “Fantastic Eights” refers to the fact that they concentrate on handicap races with eight runners or less – focusing ideally on races with five or six runners.
So how did they get on during our live trial?
Well it was a bit of an up-and-down ride for them over the course of the three month trial, as they went nearly 150 points up at one point but finishing just 13 points up in the end.
You can see the rolercoaster nature of the trial in the graph below:
It is worth noting that all staking is to 5 point bets, so to 1 point level stakes they would have made the equivalent of just under 3 points profit.
And with that staking it also meant the return on investment (ROI) was just 2% and bank growth just 4%.
The other thing to note is that the Betfair SP results were considerably worse than those at advised prices, with a loss of 130 points having been made during the trial, so it doesn’t look like the service is practical to follow at Betfair SP.
So overall the performance wasn’t quite good enough to warrant a passed rating and it is a NEUTRAL rating in the end for Fantastic Eights from us.
Ease of use: There are an average of 2 bets per day so a fairly low workload involved in following the service. However, bets are often sent out at different times so you have to keep an eye out for that.
Availability of prices: The prices do tend to get affected quite a bit after being sent out and as noted above, the BSP results for our trial were not profitable. So in effect you will need access to multiple bookie accounts and act quickly after tips are sent out to make the most of the service.
Strike rate: The strike rate for the trial was 19%, which is reasonable but does require a degree of patience as there were some medium-length losing streaks during the trial.
Advised Betting Bank: A 300 point bank is advised for following the service, which with 5 point stakes per bet is the equivalent of a 60 point bank to 1 point level stakes. That seems fair enough to us, but you may want to use a 500 point bank to be on the safe side.
Subscription costs: The subscription costs are £44+VAT per month or £88+VAT per quarter.
OVERALL VERDICT: NEUTRAL
Fantastic Eights is a horse racing service with an excellent long-term record but unfortunately didn’t achieve great results during our trial, ending with just 13 points profit.
However, with such a good long-term record it may have just been a blip so we will keep an eye on things to see if they can get back to their impressive previous form.
Fantastic Eights – Results Update
12th May 2018
Horse racing tipster Fantastic Eights has been on excellent form lately, with 124 points profit made at advised prices since our last update.
That means they are now 125 points up for the trial overall at advised prices. All bets are to 5 points stakes, so it is the equivalent of being 25 points up at 1 point level stakes.
As we have said before, it doesn’t appear that the service is practical to follow at Betfair SP, but at least they are now in profit at BSP, with 97 points profit made since our last update and 12 points profit made overall.
Good to see the comeback here, will be interesting to see if it continues.
Fantastic Eights – Results Update
26th April 2018
There’s been something of a correction for horse racing service Fantastic Eights recently, with 54 points lost at advised prices since our last update.
That means they are now just 1 point up for the trial overall at advised prices.
At Betfair SP it’s as we suspected last time – there is a big difference with advised prices and we aren’t sure the service will be practical to follow at BSP. Since our last update they have lost 91 points and are now 85 points down for the trial overall at Betfair SP.
We have also been keeping an eye on the availability of prices and there does tend to be a lot of pressure on prices, so you have really have to get your bets on quickly after tips are sent out.
Fantastic Eights – Results Update
5th April 2018
It’s been a good start to our trial of horse racing tipster Fantastic 8s, with 55 points profit made at advised prices after one month.
There is already a big difference opening up between the results at advised prices and Betfair SP however, with the latter just 6 points up so far, so it will be interesting to see if that gap is maintained during the remainder of the trial.
Staking here is 5 points per bet, so the results at advised prices are the equivalent of 11 points up to 1 point level stakes, which is worth bearing in mind when looking at the results.
Anyway, a positive start to our trial and let’s see if that continues.
Fantastic Eights – New Review
6th March 2018
Today we are starting a trial of a horse racing tipster with an outstanding long-term record who has carved out a special niche for themselves in the horse racing markets.
The niche they focus on is small fields in handicap races. By concentrating on races with an average of 5-6 runners, they have found the ability to identify value horses and achieve a strike rate of around 20%.
The service in question is called Fantastic Eights and it comes from the Betfan stable of tipsters.
The “Eights” in the title refers to focusing on races with 8 runners or less.
It is a service we have been meaning to review for a while and are pleased to now have a chance to do that.
As we say, it has an excellent long-term record, having made very close to 3,400 points profit since starting up three years ago.
The staking is generally to 5 points, so that’s the equivalent of 680 points profit to one point level stakes, which is still mighty impressive.
That has been made with a return on investment of 20%, which is a very good level to have maintained over the course of three years. The strike rate is pretty decent at 18%.
What we like most of all about this service though is the consistency, with a very smooth profit graph that has gone steadily upwards over the last three years, as you can see below:
Of course, as we are always keen to point out, past results are no guarantee of future success, so we will wait to see how this one gets on during a live trial.
But certainly all the signs are encouraging and this is a service that has established itself with a strong reputation over a long period of time.
We will run our standard three month trial and will report back here regularly on how things are going.