geegeez.co.uk is a pretty positive place for racing fans to hang out, and we like it that way. So don't worry, despite the headline, nothing is changing in terms of the overall ethos of the site. It's still all about the bonhomie.
But we are introducing a whole raft of negativity onto our racecards this week. Let me explain...
For a couple of years now, we've had these helpful little green form indicators that tell users when a trainer or jockey has been having a good time of it.
And that's all well and good when the horsemen are in flying form...
...but what about when they're not? What about when they're on the dreaded cold list? What about when we as punters need to put aside our prejudices towards favoured personnel and acknowledge that our wagering should be made elsewhere?
To this point, Gold cards have shown either good form indicators, or nothing at all.
But we're putting an end to that, starting this week. Yes, I'm delighted to unleash a swathe of negativity onto your screens. Constructive negativity if you will.
Introducing our new - you guessed it - red negative form indicators.
As with the positive indicators, it will pay to take a close look behind the numbers if you're entertaining a bet in the race; and I'd certainly never countenance punting either for or against a horse on the strength of these indicators alone. Rather, they're intended as a flavour of who's hot and who's not: in that context, they can help evaluate the price of the beast in question on more than just equine form.
There's not much more to say really. Oh, for those keen to understand how a handler or rider gets a mark, below is the full list (taken, of course, from our comprehensive user guide here)...
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There are four symbols for each of positive and negative, and they align to the four inline reports for trainer and jockey form, as follows:
14 – 5+ runs in last 14 days, 20%+ win OR 51%+ place
30 – 10+ runs in last 30 days, 20%+ win OR 51%+ place
C1 – 10+ runs at the track in last 365 days, 20%+ win OR 51%+ place
C5 - 25+ runs at the track in the last five years, 15%+ win
14 – 10+ runs in last 14 days, 4% or less win strike rate, OR 14% or less place SR
30 – 20+ runs in last 30 days, 4% or less win strike rate, OR 14% or less place SR
C1 – 15+ runs at course in last year, 4% or less win strike rate, OR 14% or less place SR
C5 - 25+ runs at course in last five years, 4% or less win strike rate
NOTE: It is perfectly possible for a trainer or jockey to have a combination of good recent and poor long term form, or vice versa!
That's it for this update. Nothing earth-shattering, but another little helping hand in shortcutting the form reading process and giving Geegeez Gold subscribers the leg up on the betting masses. You're either with us or, well, you know...