New features now, and coming soon, on Geegeez Gold

Easter Eggs from Geegeez…

It's Easter so how about some Easter eggs? In the software community, an Easter egg is a hidden piece of functionality only known to insiders. Well, we're not quite so covert here at, so in today's post, I've a couple of tasty morsels which are hopefully better for you - for your teeth at least - than a chocolate ovoid!

Specifically, I've recorded a video showing what's new and what's coming soon, including something about which I'm very excited. And I've a few words - mainly just for fun - on the Irish National. Let's start with the Geegeez Gold Easter Egg...

Now and Next on Geegeez Gold

Video timeline

00:00 Introductory waffle

00:30 Hcap/All filter on Draw tab

03:08 The first change to Instant Expert for a loooooong time

05:17 Query Tool: cosmetic enhancements

07:38 Query Tool: pictures!

08:55 Query Tool: Angles, a first look

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10:25 QT Angles on the racecard

14:30 Query Tool: example Angle

19:10 Two-day and one-week Gold passes (non-recurring)


Irish National Thoughts

The following is at best half-baked, and is offered 'just for fun' on what is shaping up to be something of a washout day...

I would be slightly sweeter on the picks were it not for the white hot tussle for the Irish Trainers' Championship between Messrs Mullins and Elliott. That significant set to has seen no fewer than THIRTEEN entries from Cullentra House, and another four from Mullins' Closutton base. Whatever you think of that from a macro perspective, it makes for a very different race shape and, thus, trends - which have been strong in this contest down the years - may be torpedoed on this occasion.

No matter, for the trends have been strong, as I say. A low weight, and a commensurate lesser rating; a younger horse; a win over a trip of three miles or beyond; fairly unexposed over fences; and a recent run between two weeks and two months. Those criteria (perhaps excluding the weight/rating one) largely fit a lot of top table staying chases and so make sense.

In truth, it is the weight/rating element which I suspect may derail us this term, with so many classy contenders from the two aforementioned powerhouses. One thing you can be sure if you fancy one from Mullins' or Elliott's batallion is that they will have no idea which is most likely to win: jockey bookings and the like may be less of a pointer then, and prices may be artificially inflated down the batting order.

Enough of the flim flam, here are the ones I've backed:

Trends picks

My trendy shortlist was Arkwrisht, Squouateur, Sutton Manor and Champagne Harmony. The last named is a million chance on form and will take no more than the minimum stake on the machine as a flippant action bet. I have reservations about both S's, Squouateur and Sutton Manor, in a big field, though I've backed them both, at 25 and 40 on Betfair - both are now bigger (great, ahem).

The one I like most is Arkwisht, trained by Joseph O'Brien, and ridden by Rachael Blackmore.

Surprisingly, Elliott and Mullins are collectively nought from 50! That must be odds-on to change this afternoon, but if not Arkwrisht ticks a lot of boxes - form in big fields, on heavy ground, and beyond three miles - though I do have a slight niggle about whether the eight-year-old German-bred can quite see out this 29 furlong slog. Still, each way at 28/1 with as many place concessions as you can snaffle should offer a run.

Other picks

And I've taken a couple of other 'just for fun' swipes - well, you can't have enough swipes in a race like this, can you? - in the form of The Paparazzi Kid and Moulin A Vent.

The Paparazzi Kid would be a real story horse if he won. €270,000, the first prize, could well be more than the difference between Mullins and Elliott at the end of the season, so the fact that this chap is having his first start for Gordon, having previously been trained by Willie, would smart in the extreme for the incumbent champ!

He has a better form chance than 66/1 (160 on the exchange) implies as well, in spite of being a full on trends buster. He's eleven (too old), his winning form is all at two and a half miles (won't stay), and he's been chasing for five years (too long). The negatives out of the way, the case for the defence is thus: loves heavy ground (122114 lifetime), has very good form in big fields (20311244U in 16+ runner races), has slipped to a pound below his last winning mark, and has gone to a yard with an excellent record at winning first time after a trainer switch and off a layoff.

He'll be ridden for luck, which he very well might not get, and to get the trip, which he very well might not get; so caveat emptor. But he'll be fun to watch for a circuit and a bit at least.

Moulin A Vent has a more obvious claim, as one of the classier horses in the line up. This Graded performer drops into handicap company for the first time, though jockey bookings suggest he's the stable second string, Sean Flanagan jumping ship to Snow Falcon. He may live to regret that as his spurned former partner, on which he's sat every time that one has raced over an obstacle, sets up well against conditions.

Only six, Moulin A Vent has had 14 career starts, just six of which have been in chases. He's clearly unexposed - the corollary to which is that he's inexperienced - and a fast run stamina test might be just what he wants. Big fields and heavy ground hold no fears, but the fences do: this chap is a sticky jumper. Faller insurance may be a prudent play if you can find it, and the general 33/1 - nearer 40's on Betfair (no insurance) - is attractive.

There are loads of class horses in what is a really deep and competitive renewal, so take a few stabs, swot up on your Gigginstown cap colours, and strap yourself in for a fun ten minutes or so. Good luck!


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    fingers says:

    Hi Matt.
    The one my pin landed on was General Principle but unlike your selections this has come in on Betfair Exchange from the 42/1 earlier. It will think it is loose with 10st. on its back and has been overlooked it seems among all of the Elliott contingent. Ran a great race last year in this and I think going right handed might be the key to it today and possibly laid out for this again this year.



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      Matt Bisogno says:

      Good luck, Tom. There’s hardly a horse in the race without some sort of chance. I can certainly see the case for your lad.


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    N17 says:

    Like it, especially the Query Tool Angles.

    Thanks Matt, keep up the good work.


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    Susan Daniels says:

    Matt, it amazes me the level of content and the continuous development that you put into this. Thank you so much!

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    Dave McAuley says:

    Hey Matt

    Looks like some excellent functionality there mate, and nice to have some Easter Eggs I can’t make myself sick with! I especially like the ability to research systems and have them display automatically. Would also be useful to have an Angles ‘Report’ to be able to run a report to list all qualifiers from all angles on any one day – for lazy buggers like me 🙂

    For the Irish National, I’ve used the trends on GeeGeez to perform an elimination approach, starting with the strongest and striking out those that don’t hit them. It left me with 2 contenders, one of which was General Principle, but he failed on the Top-4 place last time out so my stab in the dark is WESTERNER POINT at 50/1 who hits the strongest trends.

    Keep up the great work, Dave.

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      Matt Bisogno says:

      Hi Dave, thanks for checking in. We will definitely have that report, as we do currently for Report Angles. And we may introduce a way to share QT Angles amongst subscribers. First things first though!

      Good luck on the Irish National!

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    cmgoodey84 says:

    Yet more excellent updates Matt, looks really exciting. We’ve previously discussed adding the ‘race type’ to the instant expert, if you could sort by ‘chase’ or ‘hurdle’, or ‘AW’ or ‘flat turf’ it would in my opinion go from excellent to ‘world class’.

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      Matt Bisogno says:

      Will see what we can do, Chris. Thanks for the reminder – it’s definitely on a wishlist somewhere here!

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    Steve Packer says:

    Hi Matt, great news on the query tools. I really looking forward to the new features, as i believe that it will be a ‘game changer’ .To have QT enhanced like you have described as well as all the other features under one roof, is a tremendous achievement. Hats off
    Onwards and upwards

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    Chud777 says:

    I used the phrase “Game changer” a while back when the idea of saving the QT filters was first mentioned. Nothing has changed for me in that respect – this is absolute dynamite when it comes to taking on the bookies.

    Now I hope Matt doesn’t mind me mentioning a now defunct service called “Formbet” I used to subscribe to. They had a tool very similar to this, and I spent hours devising various systems. This paid off at the Craven meeting in 2017, when my “John Gosden FLAT 90days+” landed a big priced trixie that paid a significant three figure sum for small stakes. Gosden is a master at having horses fit after a lay off, and with a few filters, you were looking at a SR of over 30% with significant profits. Twiston Davies is similar when it comes to the jumps, and I’m really hoping Matt is able to find room for a “Days since last run” filter in the QT..

    As it happens I saved a lot of my high SR systems in my Chrome bookmarks, so I’m really looking forward to spending time recreating these, along with new ones, in QT. I’ll be more than happy to share too, as I did in the old Formbet forum.

    Now I know GG Gold doesn’t need any trumpet blowing as it is, but with these recent additions, there really is nothing that comes even slightly close to the standard it offers. How any punter can not be in is beyond me. I play SOTD for modest stakes and it pays for the subscription. So you’re basically getting all this military grade weaponry for free!



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      Matt Bisogno says:

      Thanks Richard – kind words indeed.

      We will be able to add DSLR, and a fair few other things in the coming months. Need to get the basic functionality for Angles in first, however; everything else will follow that. But, yes, the ability to add that variable is certainly there.


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      Chris Worrall says:

      Hi Richard,

      Good to have you here after the sad demise of Formbet, which was a decent site for us stattos.

      I do use some of those DSLR stats as part of my SOTD research, but I’d love to see your saved Microsystems Portfolio at some point if you’d be willing to share

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    Roman says:

    Excellent Updates coming – yeahhh — I think it would also be very useful to switch the Instant Expert from “horse” to “jockey, trainer and sire” mode !

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