Entries by Matt Bisogno

Two Year Old Watch: Late May 2017

As you will know, geegeez.co.uk carries ratings for all UK flat races (as well as NH races between September and April). These ratings, though referred to as SR, are actually performance ratings. In layman's terms, they consider more factors than 'just' speed or 'just' form: they are a conglomerate figure. And they are attributed to […]

Some thoughts for Chester’s May meeting

Chester's May meeting is an early season highlight, offering socialites, more serious racegoers and the occasional Derby aspirant the chance to peacock around the Roodee. The famous bullring circuit, just nine furlongs in circumference, is fiendishly tight and there is a commensurate bias to those who are agile - and fast - enough to slide […]

Scottish Grand National 2017: Preview, Trends, Tips

Scottish Grand National 2017: Preview, Trends, Tips Ayr's Scottish Grand National is the last of the national Nationals - if you see what I mean - and looks set to be as keenly contested as ever this Saturday. A full field of thirty are slated to face the starter and, happily, we can look to whittle […]

Why I’m NOT writing a Grand National preview this year…

It's the greatest race in the world, or so they'd have us believe. But, since the modifications, the Grand National has become a deeply unpredictable lottery, and far from a sensible punting conveyance. Fine for a bit of a laugh, and an interest, but nothing more. Which is a shame because, in the good old days - […]

The REAL Reason The Irish Dominated Cheltenham

Last week, British-trained horses received a 'doing' the like of which had never before been witnessed. The Irish minority rode, almost literally, roughshod over the vast numerical superiority of the domestic defences in a manner that suggested this was more than a mere perfect storm. One leading Irish trainer has mooted that the root cause lies […]

Cheltenham Festival 2017: Day 4 Preview, Tips

And so to the final day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival, Gold Cup day, and the last chance to emerge victorious from the bruising punting encounters. It's traditionally a tough day as evidenced by some stratospheric placepot dividends - remember the £91,774.50 just two years ago? - so caution is advised on the staking front, […]