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As of the end of February 2014, there are now numerous new – and very cool – features within the geegeez racecards. Below is a video which explains how the main features work. It’s well worth a watch.
Beneath the video, I’ve highlighted a few key features as a short cut, in case you can’t have sound on just now (say, for example, if you’re in the office!!). If you’re interested in a specific element, move the video along to that point, as follows:
Race card (horse/trainer/jockey inline form, comments, breeding, head to head) – 00:30
Full Form Filters (splice a horse’s form by any combination of relevant factors) – 03:45
Race Analysis Report (the hugely popular ‘traffic light’ profiling tool) – 05:40
Pace Profiler (identify the likely pace of the race, front-runners, well/badly drawn horses, etc) – 07:00
Odds Comparison (go straight to the best odds for your fancy) – 10:00
Report Suite (Horses for Courses, ‘Best Of’, 4 x Trainer Reports, Head to Head) – 10:38
Tracker (add your favourite horses, trainers and jockeys and see them flagged on the card) – 14:15
The key features are under the various tabs.
On the ‘Cards’ tab, you can view the horse’s last six runs by clicking the little horse icon by its name. The jockey and trainer performance since 2009 can also be seen by clicking their little icons.
To move around the day’s racing, use the Race Selector dropdown or, to move to another race on the same card, just click the race time.
When you’ve found your idea of the winner, click the odds or the Bet button to be sent directly to the best odds bookie site; and/or click the Tip button to tip that horse in our prize tipping league, where you can win hundreds in prizes each month.
The cards also now include icons linking to Spotlight horse comments; breeding analysis; and a full head-to-head breakdown of each horse’s performance against today’s rivals.
Moving to the Race Analysis tab, this is where the really clever stuff starts. Here, you can see at-a-glance which horses are most suited to today’s conditions. Using this form overview tool, it’s possible to preview a whole meeting in less than a minute!
NB Since I recorded that snapshot, we’ve added rating info in blue on the right hand end. The columns T, L and D denote the following:
Ratings are as follows:
T – today’s official rating
L – last winning official rating
D – difference between today’s official rating and the horse’s last official winning rating (when the horse has won having been officially rated)
If you’d like a more in depth review of the form, no problem (I do too!).
Just click the Full Form tab. From here, you can drill down into the form of the horses, trainers and jockeys in the race. Using the exclusive form filters, you’ll be able to see only runs for this course, distance, class, going, jockey… or any combination thereof.
You can also filter solely on wins, or wins and places; and you can review any specific year back to 2009. This is a very, very powerful profiling tool, and it’s well worth taking ten minutes to get to know.
And that’s where we’re at just now. As you can see, they’re pretty fricking cool!
Currently in development is a Best Odds Comparison tab, and a Pace Analysis tab. I hope these will be ready before the end of September, but time will tell.
Now, there are one or two known issues currently. Please be aware of these as you’re working round the cards.
Firstly, sometimes the page will take a moment to load. This is something we’re monitoring and is to do with how it accesses the database (blah, blah, etc etc). Anyway, if this does happen, please wait for a moment (say, five seconds or so). If still no response, refresh the page.
Occasionally, when navigating the full form, you’ll see the word ‘null’ appear for trainer, jockey and owner. If this happens, also hit your refresh button.
Finally, sometimes the page actually fails to load even after refresh. This is not very often but it does happen and, when it does, you’ll need to close the window and start again.
Clearly, these are annoyances, and we are working on them. But I hope that the flexibility and time-saving value of the tools will more than justify your tolerance when things go a bit skew whiff.
So, what are you waiting for? Get cracking! Here’s the link:
Why not add it to your favourites?
p.s. If there’s a feature you’d be interested in, please do leave a comment below and let us know. We’ll do our best to add the stuff that you ask for the most. That’s the kind of guys we are