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.
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' (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.
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! 🙂
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.
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!
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:
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:
All correct pays something like three thousand, so for now I have hope...
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:
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.
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:
And I've backed the Chelsea - Arsenal straight forecast at 15/2 as well:
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!
p.s. the FFL Comp closes tomorrow (Saturday) lunchtime at 11:45 GMT - full details below. Do join us!
FFL COMPETITION DETAILS START HERE
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?
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:
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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