A Glut of G’s on Geegeez…

Don't back a Giraffe at Galway or Goodwood!

Don't bet Giraffes at Galway/ Goodwood!

It's GG season here on geegeez. In fact, it's G/GG season. Perhaps even KG/G/GG season. Yes, the end of July and beginning of August sees a star-studded triptych of G-related race meetings, beginning this afternoon at, erm, Ascot.

Ascot's meeting, which runs to three days, is highlighted by the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, generally abbreviated to King George. Following on almost immediately from the King George meeting's closing furlongs on Sunday afternoon, is the marathon Galway Festival, which begins on Monday - and runs right through to next Sunday.

And, concertinaed 'twixt Galway's alpha and omega triumphs of quantity over quality, is the majestic mid-summer serenity that accompanies Glorious Goodwood, probably my favourite of all the summer race meetings.

Although we try to bring you deep insights into as many of the big meetings as possible, this confluence of Festivals has come at a tricky time for the workers at geegeez.

Essentially, Chris is off sunning himself in North Africa, leaving me to try not to mess up his fine work with Stat of the Day and Double Dutch. And, as if that wasn't a big enough stretch, I'm also undertaking Racemaker duties at Goodwood on Wednesday and Thursday next week, meaning I'll be at the track three days (drinking on Friday!).

The number of remaining hours into which I can cram race analysis and consequent scribbles are clearly numbered few. But I'll do my best to at least cover a couple of races a day from Goodwood, and at least one a day from Galway, especially as there are some very fat 'pot guarantees both sides of the Irish Sea next week.

Goodwood's placepot pools should get up and over £250,000 each day, and Galway will have some fat rollovers and guarantees to go at, as follows:


Pick 6
Monday 28th July €100,000 €30,000 €30,000
Tuesday 29th July €100,000 €30,000 €30,000
Wednesday 30th July €100,000 €30,000 €40,000
Thursday 31st July €100,000 €30,000 €40,000
Friday 1st August €100,000 €30,000 €30,000
Saturday 2nd August €100,000 €30,000 €15,000
Sunday 3rd August €100,000 €30,000 €15,000


The jackpot bet - find the winners of four races - is one I'm especially fond of, and will be playing it every day. If you're not already a Tote Ireland account holder, you can find out more about why they're a great value opportunity here.

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You may also have noticed things have been a little quieter on geegeez this week. Far from resting on our laurels, we've been looking at what next for the site. We believe, and more importantly hundreds of you agree, that we've put together the best set of racecards and form tools available in Britain today.

I don't say that lightly, because I spend plenty of time rummaging around other sites for things we could maybe find inspiration in or improve upon.

And now we want to share this goodness more widely. So I've recruited someone to help me 'improve my conversion'. No, he's not a drop goal specialist, nor is he the lead missionary for the South Pacific Pentecostal Brotherhood. Rather, he knows about making nice web pages and faster websites, and that sort of jiggery-wizardry. (I, as you can tell, do not!)

On top of that, I'm in the early stages of planning a launch, where I'll be inviting readers of other websites to join Geegeez Gold. That should hopefully go ahead in September some time.

And on top of that, I've been working on the 'wish list' for the next phase - Phase 8 - of Geegeez Gold. I'll save the contents of that wishlist for after I've spoken to my techies and understood the cost implications for such bold aspirations! Suffice it to say, as always, we're innovating and raising the bar in terms of providing more/better information in a much easier to use way. That, I think, is what sets the Geegeez cards apart.


Now then, with regards to Chris' duties, he sloped off into the sun yesterday afternoon, so I've written Stat of the Day and Double Dutch today. Stat of the Day's race looks competitive, and my selection has drifted from its early price, meaning potentially more value (to my eye, at least).

Double Dutch, meanwhile, is on the cusp of a historical double. We started this concept 275 betting days ago and, in that time, we've recorded 99 winning doubles and 298 individual winners. That means that two race winners today would give us 100 winning doubles, and 300 individual winners... on the same day!

That would be pretty freaking awesome, as they say on the other shore of the pond, and I'm hopeful rather than confident of hitting the big Double Dutch double whammy. Whereas Stat of the Day is part of the Gold service, Double Dutch is free - and very pleasantly profitable. It's also a really fun little bet, in my opinion.

Double Dutch, like Stat of the Day, can be found from the Horse Racing Tips menu item (where else?!), or by clicking this link: Double Dutch

That's it for today. I'll be back tomorrow with a view on the big TV races. While it will be (extremely) difficult to repeat the big-priced hat-tricks of the past two Saturdays, that doesn't mean I won't be trying!


p.s. check out the racecards if you've not done so for a while. They really are something very useful indeed.

p.p.s. Can you help? I'm looking for a quality, reliable, consistent ratings service that might be receptive to a licensing deal. In plain English, do you know any great ratings people that I could speak to about publishing their numbers on geegeez cards? Please leave a comment and let me know! Thanks

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17 replies
  1. Johnners77 says:

    Hi Matt. Good luck at the helm – last off the ship and all that. I use a combination of three services to guide my punting. Geegeez race cards (of course), Inform Racing and Focus Ratings (speed ratings). Not wishing to boast but I started out with a £1000 pot two years ago and have just hit the £10,000 mark. My eldest daughter is about to get a car (which was my aim). The ratings are brilliant and the combination of all three have helped me to find some big priced winners including two at 25/1 over the past couple of days. The two ratings services can be found via Google. Hope that helps – happy to talk further. Mark J

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Thanks a lot for this, Mark. Both on my radar, and I’ve spoken to one of them already!


      • Steve hancox says:

        I used to be with focus rating and think they are a good ratings service but I believe ratingtheraces.com are the better ratings service,like non handicaps chases 45% top rating success rate,non handicap 3yr old flat is 47% success rate and for the two codes of racing there’s a 60+% rate the winner is in the top 3 of the rating

        • Matt Bisogno says:

          Thanks Steve – that’s one I hadn’t considered. Will add them to my list of ‘to speak to’.


  2. Johnners77 says:

    Sorry, Inform Ratings are the speed ratings. Focus Ratings may be more of what you are after. M

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Thanks Mick – I speak to him regularly! Though not, it should be said, on this matter…


    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Thanks Jim – yes, I’ve spoken to Keith and we’re still in discussion. I wanted to ensure I’d not missed anyone out, hence canvassing those in the know!


  3. sondrio2 says:

    what about Martin Kilgariff at patternform, produces some great info and ratings

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Thanks George – yes, I did take a look at Martin’s output. Problem was that I couldn’t find a rating that I liked (which is very different from saying there isn’t a good rating – I didn’t spend a lot of time there, so it’s my fault).


  4. Karl Gray says:

    Hi Matt.

    Just an idea, but maybe a word with the provider of PatternForm. I believe the form and speed ratings on this site are derived from (but not a copy of ) the Racing Post ratings, but i could be wrong!

    A note about your hectic schedule. Maybe you should find out what the table tennis playing octopus during the adds in the world cup football is doing, now that he must be unemployed. I sense an extra eight hands may come in useful!

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Ha, thanks Karl, and see my reply to sondrio below re Patternform. Good to know Martin has a keen following though.

      As for eight hands, two are fine, though the RSI/arthritis draws ever nearer I’m sure…!


  5. LabMaster says:

    Hi Matt,

    It’s funny to think now that just a few months ago you were seriously considering giving this up!

    Hard to look objectively at something you love, innit?


  6. tonyb65 says:

    Hi Matt,
    I have been using ratings from http://www.racing-edge.co.uk Glen who operates it has been very helpful and I find the ratings when used in conjunction with your cards and of course the market very useful.



    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Thanks Tony – interesting stuff.

      I think I’ve now agreed a deal to supply ratings in the cards. No ‘official’ announcement yet… 😉


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