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It's ages since I've done a bit of a round up / catch up post, so let's put that right today. In a packed post, I'll share news on all geegeez' current racehorses syndicate interests, some more footy bets I've struck, the best footy bookie offers, and an update on the Geegeez Super League Fantasy Football competition. Let's get cracking...

...and we start with some racing, naturally enough. As most of you will know, from time to time I syndicate racehorses to allow geegeez readers (and me) to get closer to the sport we all love. And I thought I'd update you on our current team.

 

The Geegeez Geegee

For obvious reasons, I was hoping this lad would show some ability and, fortunately, he has. After a slow start to his training career at Anthony Honeyball's Dorset stable, when illness delayed his racecourse début by four months, he really made up for lost time. Indeed, since that first run - a staying on third of eight in a National Hunt Flat race which has worked out really well (20% winners, 37% placed horses from subsequent runners) - TGG as we call him has run another eleven times, testament to what a hardy beast he is, touch wood.

His next start, last June, was a win in a four runner NH Flat race. But, far from being an easy race, the second horse has gone on to win three of his six races (placed in another run, and fell when clear in another), and the third has gone on to win once and place once from two starts. The fourth hasn't run since.

TGG then had a rest through the summer, and came back needing his first few runs, from both a fitness and experience perspective. He was running in novice hurdles and working towards his first handicap hurdle run.

That handicap bow was over three miles and a furlong in February this year, and we were very hopeful for him. He won. At 11/1. I, and many others in the syndicate, had backed him at around half those odds with a Best Odds Guaranteed bookmaker. I, and many others, were delighted on lots of levels, mainly the thrill of seeing our boy get home in front.

He's run four times since, and on each occasion he's had perfectly legitimate excuses for valiant defeat. Third on his next two starts, both over three miles and more, it suddenly dawned on us - actually, I'd been saying to the trainer all along!!! 😉 - that he probably wasn't quite getting home over that far. His win was in lower grade and against poorer animals, but even then he was all out at the finish.

So, we dropped him in trip for a fair race at Worcester in early May. In a big field of 16, he was absolutely cantering coming to the last and looked sure to win... only to run through the wing of the hurdle. Aargh. If you haven't seen that race, the video is here. (You'll need a skybet account to view it).

No matter, for we were now convinced that we'd found his trip - and with it some further improvement. We rushed him out quickly, just five days later, for another competitive handicap hurdle at Southwell. But we were to incur more bad luck as, this time, TGG got horribly shuffled back on the home turn, to just about last.

Incredibly, when seeing daylight, he scorched home to finish second beaten three lengths. It was an impressive burst of pace, and confirmed unequivocally to us that he WOULD have won his previous contest, when going much the best before running out. That video is here.

Of course, it's frustrating to know you're the best horse in the race and not win, but that's the game to some degree. TGG has had a nice break over the summer - he ran a dozen times in thirteen months prior to that - and has come back into training with a bit of a belly (or 'condition' as it's called!)

He's pleasing his trainer again, and we still think he's well handicapped. At least, I still think he's well handicapped, and we hope he might be ready to race towards the end of September, all other things being equal.

 

Nonagon

A much smaller group is involved in this flat horse trained in the north by Wilf Storey. He was a very cheap buy, and four of us (Jim, Pete and Charlie being the other three) own half. It's fair to say he'll never be a world beater but, since the turn of the year, he has started to mature into a horse that can win a race or two at the lower end of the scale.

We've had no luck whatsoever so far, but we've learned enough about what he needs in terms of conditions to be a lot more hopeful going forwards. Having started on fast ground over five furlongs, we are now campaigning him on soft ground over ten furlongs!!

He's been second in a handicap already, and would surely have been closer on Monday but for the ground drying out markedly and an absolutely abject amateur jockey allotted to us. If you think that's harsh, you can make your own mind up when you watch that race here.

Nonagon is entered again on Tuesday at Carlisle - exact same race conditions as this week - but we want soft ground and it doesn't look like there will be enough rain for us. Still, when he gets his conditions - soft ground and nine or ten furlongs - we'll be pretty hopeful of a solid run.

His two runs on soft side of good in handicaps he's finished 24, and that '4' really should have been at least a 3 and probably another 2.

 

'East Wing'

'East Wing' (name in inverted commas because he's not yet been officially named by the syndicate) is our newest lad. He's an exciting prospect and Anthony Honeyball, who trains him, is very pleased with his progress so far.

The 16 shares in him sold out in two days at the beginning of last month, in response to this post. Since then, unfortunately, one person has had to drop out, meaning there is a single share available in this untried and exciting National Hunt prospect.

If you might be interested, please do take a look at this post, and reply to me ASAP at info@geegeez.co.uk

He's been broken in now, and has done some steady cantering - led up the gallops by our own The Geegeez Geegee. He's also popped over a couple of poles in the indoor school to further his education.

The plan for him will be to bring towards race readiness at around the turn of the year. I can't wait to see how he progresses! 🙂

Again, if you might be interested, please do take a look at this post, and contact me ASAP at info@geegeez.co.uk with any questions.

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Aside from the geegeez syndicates, I am currently in one other syndicate, with Julia Feilden. The horse is called Dakota City, and he came over from France via the Tattersalls sales in Newmarket. In seven runs since April, he'd looked out of love with the game for much of it. But Julia, Ross, John and the team have worked their magic.

They felt he was keeping something for himself and tried working him in a visor. All of a sudden he picked up. His first run in a visor - at the end of July - coincided with a striking three length victory that included an Arazi-esque circling of the field, from last to a clear first. Here's that incredible video:

That was as exciting a run as I've ever seen from a horse I've been involved with, but the fear was it was a fluke. Well, he only went and did the same thing last Saturday evening! Alas, this time the move was too early (over a longer trip) and he was closed down by a well handicapped filly in the last half furlong.

Still, he retains plenty of promise and should go close to winning again on the all weather soon.

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Changing tack completely, the football season starts tomorrow (tonight if you're a fan of Brighton or Nottingham Forest), so it's your last chance to get your entries into the Geegeez Super League Fantasy Football competition. There are 203 entries at the moment, which means a bonus prize of £203 (and counting) for one lucky entry. As well as that, there's the main prize of a Lifetime subscription to Geegeez Gold for the outright winner.

And of course, there's the kudos of being named the 2015/16 Geegeez Super League Champion !

I've copied full details at the bottom of this post - so get your team in, 'toot sweet' (or tout de suite if you prefer). Good luck!

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Before you read that, and in case you've already entered thus having no need to re-read it, I thought I'd share a few more of the footy bets I've struck for the season. I admit it, it's been a very good year on the betting front (Gold is naturally a huge factor in that), and I've had more interests in the footy than I normally would as a consequence. My main season bets can be seen in this post, but I've added some further strings to my bow, as follows:

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Top Team Scorer 'Sweet Sixteen'

The 'Sweet Sixteen' is a bet comprised of five selections, making up ten trebles, five fourfolds, and a fivefold accumulator. I've chosen five players who I hope will top score for their teams. There's only one real risk in there - Giroud at Arsenal - and the rest need mainly to steer clear of injury and suspension, I think... Anyway, it should emit a lot of interest and fun throughout the season:

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All correct pays something like three thousand, so for now I have hope...

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Top Goalscorer

Elsewhere, and I couldn't resist Paddy Power's offer of a £2 bet every time my top scorer bet notched. So I backed two with them, as follows:

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Every time Giroud or Aguero scores, I'll get a £2 bet. If they score 30 between them (last year they scored 40, and the year before 33) I'll get £60 in free bets with two chances of copping the top scorer pot as well. That's a spot of value, I'd say.

These are on top of bets already on Christian Benteke (16/1) and Callum Wilson (80/1). And I couldn't resist a bet on Wilson to be top English scorer at 33/1. Ideally, I'd have liked to have backed him each way, but the price was half that in the win only market and that didn't appeal. I'm pretty confident this one will finish up in the 'value loser' pile, but I had to have an interest in a player I think could be very, very good.

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Forecasts, Tricasts, and Superfectas, Oh My!

As you can see on the Paddy ticket above, I've also had a bet on Chelsea and Arsenal finishing first and second in either order. That's just the start of some reckless - and indeed feckless - top order prediction wagering, as follows:

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And I've backed the Chelsea - Arsenal straight forecast at 15/2 as well:

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All of the above are varying strengths of similar opinions, and it will take very little for me to be wrong enough to lose on all fronts! But, conversely, if I'm right about City having a shocker, or Giroud outscoring Sanchez, or Wilson showing his England credentials, then I ought to be looking at a nice few quid.

Regardless, spreading what is for me a decent amount of wagering juice across an array of propositions, most of which will provide entertainment for eight to ten months, is something that defines my betting approach. It's based on value, opinions, and fun!

Here's hoping for a winner somewhere in the midst of it!

Matt

p.s. the FFL Comp closes tomorrow (Saturday) lunchtime at 11:45 GMT - full details below. Do join us!

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FFL COMPETITION DETAILS START HERE

1st Prize

The outright winner will receive a Lifetime subscription to Geegeez Gold, worth £399.60 (invaluable really, but that's the sale price when it's available). That includes Stat of the Day, the Gold racecards, form tools and reports - full unfettered ongoing access. Pretty nifty, eh?

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BONUS Prize

The highest placed player to have entered the bonus competition will scoop one pound in cash for every entry in the Geegeez Super League.

Last year, there were about 250 people, and this year there are already 96 people signed up before I've even mentioned it on here! So that's £96 and rising - I'd imagine it will end up around £350, but that's no more than a guess on my part. So, how do you enter the bonus competition?

Simple - open a new account and place a bet. When you do this, you will get some free bets from the bookie in question, and some of them will compensate geegeez for making the introduction, which is hopefully good for everyone.

Of course, it's absolutely up to you whether you want to take part in the bonus competition or not. Either way, you'll be in with a chance of claiming the main prize. (If you're already a Lifetime Gold subscriber, we'll refund your subscription!)

To be absolutely clear, if you don't want to open a new account, fine. And if you have all the accounts below already, also fine. But if you do/can grab some free bet goodness from an offer that suits you, you'll be eligible for the bonus prize. Claro? Great!

OK, so here's the step-by-step for entering...

How to Enter the Main Competition

To enter your team in the Fantasy Football League, follow these (fairly) simple instructions:

1. Register and choose a team here

Your first 30 days for just £1

2. Once you've selected your team, go to My Leagues

3. Click Join A League, then Choose 'Private League'

4. Enter this code: 1564019-365693 and click the 'Join Private League' button

5. That's it, you're in - good luck!

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How to Enter the Bonus Competition

To qualify for the bonus competition, where one player will receive a shiny quid (or paper money equivalent!) for every player registered in the Geegeez Super League as at 12:45pm Saturday 8th August, please follow the instructions below:

1. Register for one of the free bet-generating new accounts below, and place a bet of at least £5

2. Email info@geegeez.co.uk with the name of the bookie you registered with, so I can confirm it against my records

3. Make sure you've entered the main competition above

4. That's it, you're in - good luck!

Each bookmaker in the list will offer you either a risk-free or matched first bet, but, please, do check the terms and conditions yourself.

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*MBAFB = Money back as a free bet

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1 bet.365

New accounts:

Open an account and your first deposit will be matched up to £200 when using the banner below

bet365

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2 Betfai.r Sportsbook

Football specials:

1. Bet £25 on top goalscorer market and get a £5 free bet for each match that your player scores in, up to October 31st

2. MBAFB* if one team lets you down in a 5+ acca (£25 max, 4/1 min cumulative odds, 1/5 min single odds)

New accounts:

Bet £10 Get £30 in free bets when signing up through the banner below

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3 B,win.com

New accounts:

Get up to £30 matched bet when you open a bwin account through the link below.

BwinCom £30 Matched Bet

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4 C.oral

Football specials:

1. Bet £20 on Premier League outright market and get a £5 free bet for each match that your team wins in August

2. MBAFB* if one team lets you down in a 6-8 team acca (£25 max)

New accounts:

Bet £5, Get £20 when registering through the banner below

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5 10.bet

Football specials:

1. Deposit and bet up to £40 using code 20NEW and get a 50% (i.e. up to £20) bonus added to your balance (rollover requirements apply)

2. MBAFB* if one team lets you down in a 4+ team acca (£50 max, rollover requirements apply, see T's & C's)

New accounts:

Get a 50% deposit match up to £200 (i.e. on a deposit of £400). Must click the banner below and use bonus code FD100.

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6 Ladbroke.s

Football specials:

1. If your correct first goalscorer bet nets in the first 25 minutes get double the odds

New accounts:

Get a matched bet of up to £50 when you open a new account through the below banner, using bonus code F50


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7 PaddyPower

Football specials:

1. Bet £20 on Premier League top scorer market and get a £2 free bet each time he scores ALL SEASON!

2. MBAFB* if one team lets you down in a 5+ team acca (£50 max)

New accounts:

Bet £10 Get £30 in free bets when you register through the banner below


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8 Sky.bet

Football specials:

1. Bet £25 in a week on any sport and get a £5 free bet each week (opt in to Sky Bet Club required)

New accounts:

Bet £5, Get £20 in free bets. Click the banner below to sign up.

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9 Victor

Football specials:

1. MBAFB* if one team lets you down in a 5+ team 'Both Teams To Score' acca (£25 max)

New accounts:

Up to £50 matched bet when signing up through the banner below.

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10 WilliamHill

Football specials:

1. If your goalscorer selection is subbed off with the bet still open, get his replacement at the same odds

2. MBAFB* if one team lets you down in a 6+ team acca (£50 max)

3. MBAFB* if your first scorer scores 2nd (£50 max)

New accounts:

Bet £10, Get £20 Free Bets when you use the banner below


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Your first 30 days for just £1
17 replies
  1. Dion says:

    Looks like a few decent bets there, beware I had Giroud last year and he broke his leg after about 3 weeks in but came good and scored a few goals on his return. I’ve gone for Depay this year at 22/1 having seen him in pre season he’s very fast and skillful but also cocky with it. He reminds me of a young Rooney but faster. All the best to all the bets

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Thanks Dion – hopefully Giroud got his injury problems out of the way last season. He’ll get 1000 chances to score, and will hopefully convert 20+ of them!!!

  2. roddo says:

    Had a couple of tries to register for fantasy league but not having it.No more time to spend on it so will have to give it a miss

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      That’s a shame, Roddo. Obviously, I can’t account for why the official FFL website isn’t working. Can only imagine it’s very busy this morning.

      Best,
      Matt

  3. (John) Paul Ambrose says:

    This may be related to my allegiances (ha), but with the news that van Gaal is leaving De Gea out of the squad at the weekend, I’ve just chucked a couple of quid at Sky for United to finish outside the top 4 at 4/1
    Paul

    • Rog says:

      Hope you lose your money Paul lol. I have loved United for fifty odd years, when Denis Law was my schoolboy hero and you could sit down in the Stretford end and watch him and Bestie for 4 shillings. Its been a tough ride living in Barnsley lol.

      • (John) Paul Ambrose says:

        Bit more than 4 shillings now, Rog! I actually remember paying £33 for an adult season ticket on the Kippax in the eighties. That was admittedly a ridiculous price (and that was Peter Swales for you), but it puts today’s rip-offs into context. I’ve moved three times in the last six years at Eastlands to keep my outlay down…where I used to sit in East Stand second tier is the new “premium experience” at £1700 a throw. I’m a football fan, I love the game, but the experience these days, notwithstanding the quality on offer, is nothing like…
        Paul

        • Rog says:

          Its a rich mans game now Paul, even to watch it on TV. Must admit I watch all the matches free of charge now, usually on ace player.
          Anyway good luck I hope we both get in the top four.
          Rog

  4. Manyanga says:

    Does the Paddypower top goalscorer offer cover only a first bet on the market, or more than one bet- as with Matt’s several wagers on Aguero, Giroud, Benteke….. The Terms and Conditions that I’ve seen aren’t clear, but it would seem remarkably generous for PP to offer free £2 per-goal bets for a raft of likely high-scorers.

  5. Manyanga says:

    Whoops! I can answer my own question. Applies to first bet only. Sorry to trouble the message section………….

  6. debeers says:

    I’m surprised not to see AFC Bournemouth in your top 4…..I thought you were a keen supporter?

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Hi Richard

      Keen supporter, yes. Deluded lunatic, no. Well, not this time at any rate!

      Matt

  7. John says:

    I might be wrong but the free £2 bet every time your top goalscorer scores only kicks in if the game is live on TV ???

  8. jamesfeeney says:

    It’s every time he scores, or was last season at least. To test pp’s offer I have placed two top scorer bets simultaneously. If they’re only paying on the first bet placed it’ll be interesting to see what they do. I guess the player listed first of the two will be deemed the first bet?

  9. Downwave says:

    Interesting post Matt, some good times ahead with the ponies, the amateur jockey’s performance was the first under rules (can’t see any other racing experience) and the lady may not have realised how wide they were travelling as it all looks different on the ground!! Horse to note though in the HRB. How tall is TGG?

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