The end of December, dear reader, is traditionally a time of contemplation. Protracted consideration is given to the previous twelve months as that annus heaves and sighs its last breaths.
But, as the twin-headed Janus reminds us as we hurtle headlong and inevitably into January, it may be far more worthwhile looking forwards, to 2010. So that's exactly what I propose to do, with a sneak preview into what you can expect in the months ahead here at Geegeez...
January 2010: Geegeez continues its look forward to the big Cheltenham Festival, with previews of the World Hurdle and Triumph Hurdle. Further system trials are posted to the blog, including the results of an extremely interesting forex 'robot', called the Megadroid.
Perhaps most exciting for Irish readers is the launch of a brand new website dedicated to racing in Ireland, called... well, you'll have to wait just a couple more days to find out what it's called and where it lives! 😉 (Sorry)
February 2010: Further Cheltenham previews proliferate, as well as the usual system testing action. The Irish site is proving hugely popular, as are the race previews, systems reviews, and editorial from yours truly and others.
A new laying service from a familiar name is launched...
March 2010: March is going to be a 'Bobby Dazzler' bumper month, with the National Hunt crescendo of Cheltenham interspersed with my big personal project for 2010: training. Next year, I'm going to be offering to share what I've learned about making money online with a (very) few of you. This won't be for everyone, and it won't be cheap. But it will offer the serious - and supported - prospect of making a break for freedom in 2010. I will be making it 'no brainer' simple for a lucky few who are interested in getting started on their own business next year, and it'll start soon after the final dramas of Cleeve Hill have been acted out on the greatest of all equine stages.
April 2010: The flat season is once more upon us. Too much to ask that we might bear witness to another 'Sea The Stars', but there will be many stars to see in any case. And, of course, there will be many winners to be found. Flat Racing Profiles will return, endeavouring to match its exceptional rate of return from the 2009 season (46.8 points profit). This one will form the cornerstone of many a successful betting portfolio.
Before all that, though, there's the small matter of the Grand National. It's a race that - 2009's bomb aside - has been very kind to readers of Geegeez (and NagNagNag before that), and I'll be very hopeful of nailing the gold medallist in a preview post.
May 2010: The Classics are upon us once more. Ireland will probably win the 2000 Guineas, as they have done in six fo the last eight years. The 1000 Guineas tends to offer more hope to the home team, with five of the last eight winners being UK-trained.
June 2010: The Derby and the Oaks will take centre stage, but the real juice will be two weeks later at Royal Ascot. The very pinnacle of flat racing in the UK, and so adroitly supported by all the pomp and ceremony that made this country what it is (deliberately ambiguous - read into it what you will!).
On a personal front, I'll be presenting a further training opportunity for anyone who wasn't able to sign up for the first session in March.
July 2010: There's a good chance that I might take a holiday! Of course, that doesn't mean that things will stop emanating from the Geegeez pipeline. There will be plenty of news and reviews of the Summer Festivals, pick of which may be Newmarket's July jolly-up.
August 2010: My other new website should be up and bouncing by now. I can't say too much at this stage, largely because there isn't too much to say (!). But the site will relate to non-sporting opportunities, in the 'make money' field. I'm talking here about foreign exchange trading (forex), share dealing, commodities, biz opps, and the like. I have first hand knowledge of some of these, and will be employing guest writers to articulate on those about which my knowledge is insufficient.
If this isn't for you, don't fret. You'll hear about it at launch time, and probably never again (unless you register to receive updates, naturally). There are myriad investment opportunities out there and, just like with horse racing systems, there's a few decent ones and a few outstanding ones, and a bulging morass of effluent in between. My job (and that of my fellow article writers) will be to sort the genuine opps from the charlatan tosh.
September 2010: The St Leger, and the start of National Hunt 'winter' racing, will be the focus of attention on the track. Elsewhere, there will be a final opportunity to start your own online biz (at least, if you want my help and support), and we'll be staring down the barrel of another TrainerTrackStats extravaganza.
Geegeez will also mark its second birthday, and there will doubtless be something fitting (and free) by way of a celebration.
October 2010: My birthday, on the 18th, will doubtless be a time of navel-gazing and other generally futile and distressing self-assessment. Aside from that, the Champions meeting at Newmarket will provide an encore to Europe's Grand Finale, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 2010 weekend in Paris. Who will conquer all to don the mantle left on the peg by a certain Sea The Stars?
November 2010: The Breeders Cup will move to Kentucky, specifically Churchill Downs, in the first weekend of November. The Euro's will be there and, deities willing, so will I, for what will be another cracking 'coming together' of the best of both sides of the pond.
The jumps season will also be into full swing, with the early salvos being sounded by Cheltenham pretenders and protagonists alike. The highlight might be Denman bidding to shoulder forty-two stone (or whatever weight gives the others a chance) and administer a beating to his younger, lighter rivals to claim a third Hennessey Gold Cup.
December 2010: Mistletoe, Christmas pressies, too much food, snogging someone who isn't your partner. There's much to avoid in the season of goodwill, and if none of the above get you, there will doubtless be another barrage of inhuman scumbags online bidding to separate you from a few of your seasonal shekels with one 'magic bullet' system or another. I'll continue to assist where I can in the quest to steer our collective sensibilities toward the path of profitability, and away from the siren song of so many charlatan peddlers. Regarding the office Christmas party, and mistletoe moments, you're on your own!
Whatever you've got planned for New Year's Eve celebrations, have a wonderful time; savour the company of those with whom you've chosen to spend the time; and, most of all, stay safe and well (hangover notwithstanding, of course!)
See you in 2010...