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Published: 22/10/2022

After a torrid start to life with Toptipsters, Lingham Ratings has emerged as an impressive ratings-based service. A huge 90.62-point September profit followed a 25-point yield in August, and Lingham’s growing band of admirers are also enjoying a fruitful October with profits nearing three figures.

It’s quite a transformation from the early months when low strike-rates thwarted progress.  The promise was there, as evidenced by the successes of Glory And Fortune (20/1) in Newbury’s Betfair Hurdle (12 February) and Third Wind (25/1) in the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival (17 March), but overall results were disappointing.

Heavy losses continued in June and July, but closer examination showed that a large number of bets, advised win only, were getting placed: 12 tips priced 17/2 and above finished in the frame in June, while July’s figure comparative figure was eight. Judicious each-way bets on selections priced 17/2 and above would have cut losses significantly.

The promise that was clearly there broke free in August. More than half of that month’s selections finished in the first three, with seven winners including two 17/2 shots, Rousay (Salisbury, 10 August) and Highfield Princess in York’s Nunthorpe Stakes (19 August); a much-improved strike-rate of 26% earned a decent return of 25.38 points.

September proved to be Lingham’s busiest month to date with a total of 138 selections posted. From this, 21 winners emerged including 18/1 Yorkshire Girl (Ayr, 15 September), 16/1 Basil Martini (Curragh, 25 September) and 11/1 International Girl (Pontefract, 15 September). The overall strike-rate was just 15%, but given the decent prices – 16 of the 21 were 4/1 or bigger – the profit amounted to more than 90-points.

October is continuing in the same vein with winners including 18/1 First Officer (Nottingham, 5 October), 14/1 Rumstar (Newmarket, 7 October), 11/1 Accidental Rebel (Chepstow, 7 October) and 10/1 Gerard Mentor (Warwick, 6 October). At the time of writing (22 October), the month’s return stands at a magnificent 98.39 points. Strike-rate is 18% and the return on investment 75%. In the space of less than three months, Lingham has secured a return of more than 200-points; not only have the losses incurred in the spring been wiped out, but a nice overall profit is brewing.

GC Racing, like Lingham, struggled in June and July, but recovered with small profits in August and September. October has been mixed with far too many selections finishing close, but not close enough. However, Divine Comedy (6/1, Redcar, 14 October) helped reduce the month’s deficit, and a few more winners of that calibre will settle nerves. Overall, GC are well ahead for 2022.