Refreshed Jones takes bookies to the cleaners


The restorative benefits of a holiday where in evidence this month as Steve Jones, refreshed after a ten-day break, struck the bookies where it hurts them most – right in the satchels! Jones’ Daily Bargain finished May with a 63-point profit, while his other service, Probets, also posted a healthy profit for the month. 

Daily Bargain’s 63-point yield ensured a second monthly crown of 2017. It also reignited the 2017 Besttipping challenge as Mark Your Card’s overall advantage has been scythed down from more than 62 points to 39.

Despite seeing a cut in their lead, Mark Your Card were also in great shape in May. A 42.1-point profit secured second place in the monthly listings, following impressive returns of more than 72 points in both March and April.

Middleton, with a 100% May strike-rate, claimed third with 36.9 points ahead of Probets and Those2oppose. There were also May profits for Personal Info and Personal Info Saturday-Only, while First Favourite just missed out.

Daily Bargain won the Besttipping challenge back in 2012 and finished second, fourth and third in the following three years. Last year proved to be a challenge, but 2017 has seen the service in top form with four monthly profits out of five. May’s return included a sequence of five winning selections from 13 tips between 15 and 29 May, a run instigated by the success of 25/1 advice While You Wait at Towcester and continued with 16/1 Master Carpenter (York, 17 May), 14/1 Table Manners (Newcastle, 23 May) and 16/1 Tee It Up Tommo (Chelmsford City, 25 May). The return on investment during the period was a staggering 592%, thanks to Jones’ ability to identify his selections the evening before the race, allowing subscribers to take advantage of early prices.

Mark Your Card’s recovery after the travails of January and February continued with a robust May performance. Winning advices included 12/1 Mr Lupton (Newmarket, 7 May), 22/1 Rainbow Haze (Worcester, 11 May), 12/1 Master Carpenter (York, 17 May), 11/1 Here Comes When (York, 18 May), 16/1 Kiwi Bay (Ayr, 24 May) and 22/1 Chartbreaker (Goodwood, 25 May).

Mark Your Card made 580 selections during May, 577 more than third placed Middleton, whose three tips all won: Talent To Amuse started the run with a victory at Newton Abbot on 10 May; this 7/2 winner was followed ten days later by 3/1 Newmarket victor, Star Rock with Highland Pass (11/4 Chester, 27 May) completing the treble. It added up to a juicy 184.5% ROI and takes Middleton up to third place in the 2017 table behind Mark Your Card and Daily Bargain.

As well as table-toppers Daily Bargain, Steve Jones was also in great form with his second service, Probets which returned a 50% May strike-rate: ten winners from 20 selections. This haul included 5/1 Yarmouth victor Kestrel Dot Com (17 May) as well as two 4/1 strikes. The other eight winners were returned at prices ranging from 13/8 to 11/4, helping Probets to an 18.8-point profit (94% ROI).

A profitable Chester (three winners at 7/4, 11/4 and 4/1) propelled Those2oppose towards a fourth profitable return of 2017. With a further five winners being highlighted, the outcome was an 18.2-point profit. Those2oppose remain in fourth position on the overall table.

Twenty of Personal Info’s 27 selections finished in the first three, with 11 winning. When this service looks across the Irish Sea, it pays to take heed as the win of 11/2 advice Artical Eleven at Wexford (24 May) confirms. Never Surrender (5/2, Chester, 10 May) also helped to boost the profits. And there was further good news for followers of Personal Info, as the Saturday-Only service scored with three of this month’s four selections, making it 12 winners and a placed each-way bet from the last 19 races in which horses were advised.