Created by John Sidwell, Honest John is an independent horse racing tipster service that sends out selections directly to users email.
What is the product?
In Honest John, John Sidwell has put together a fairly typical tipster service fundamentally. Selections are issued directly to subscribers via email, typically before 11am (it is worth noting that there is also an SMS service in the works). The actual selection process that Honest John uses isn’t discussed in any detail at all really however there are a few snippets of information that provide some insight. It would appear that selections for Honest John come from a system based around statistical and form analysis as John Sidwell sends out analysis of all his selections. There is also a strong element of extracting the best possible value with Honest John very rarely recommended odds of less than 3.0 with odds on rare occasions coming in at over 20.0. Honest John has been operational in some form since 2013 however John Sidwell unfortunately fails to provide any proofing for these years however he does say that Honest John has a focus on obtaining a strike rate of 25% to 30%. Based off my calculations, it is just about performing at the moment with a strike rate of 26% to date.
What is the investment vs. the rate of return?
John Sidwell is selling Honest John on an annual subscription basis. This is charged at a one time fee of £36 at the time of writing. Because it is sold through Clickbank, Honest John has the distinction of coming with a 60 day money back guarantee, something that most tipster services fail to offer. It is worth noting that John Sidwell does say that because of the nature of horse racing and tipster services, that you try Honest John for 30 days before claiming a refund. In terms of income, 2013 saw a profit of 120.18 points of profit. Having tweaked the system for 2014, Honest John allegedly went on to make 349.12 points of profit with 2015 continuing this trend with a profit of 58 points in a 6 week period (since the start of January).
Does the product provide value for money?
Honest John is very well priced and the historic results show a lot of promise that 2015 is in line with so far however there are a few questions I have.
John Sidwell offers an attractive package in Honest John and there is plenty here to like. That having been said there are definitely a few things that need addressing, first and foremost of which is the lack of proofing for previous years. Whilst Honest John can claim what results he likes for this period without anything to substantiate it must be treated with a dose of cynicism, even though the results are definitely believable. Otherwise there are plenty of positives. Honest John is cheap, profitable so far for the year and perhaps most importantly of all, backed up by that money back guarantee. This means that you can comfortably paper trade and if you lose money, simply claim a refund.