The name geegeez.co.uk will be seen on racetracks across the country this autumn and winter as a result of a new sponsorship agreement with Anthony Honeyball's Dorset stable.
Honeyball, one of the brightest emerging talents in the National Hunt sphere, has an exciting team of horses with which to go to war in the coming months: a team that includes The Geegeez Geegee and East Wing, both owned by geegeez readers and running in the colours of geegeez.co.uk.
The agreement means that stable staff from the Mosterton yard will be adorned in jackets and shirts sporting the geegeez logo, and horses will be kept cool/warm by geegeez-sponsored rugs and sheets on course. As well as that, as many as two dozen horses will help to raise awareness of the website by way of logos on the jockeys' silks.
This is an exciting first venture into sponsorship for the site, and I feel it is a great way to promote the name of a resource that too few people in the wider racing community are aware of. Equally importantly, it is brilliant to be supporting Anthony, Rachael and all of the team at Potwell Farm.
They are industrious, aspirant, and very talented, values which are shared by the staff here at geegeez.co.uk. The Honeyball squad for 2015/16 includes the likes of Regal Encore, Victors Serenade and Chill Factor in the more established ranks, as well as improvers such as The Geegeez Geegee (we hope!), Anda de Grissay, Prince Of Thieves and City Supreme.
The team has a lovely crop of bumper horses, too, spearheaded by yesterday's Chepstow second, Pure Vision, a horse Anthony holds in very high regard and one that is a must for any 'to follow' list. He looks set for big things over fences in due course.
I'll have a full stable tour with Anthony for you in the next few days - hopefully tomorrow - so do stay tuned for that.
In the meantime, look out for the geegeez colours on a National Hunt racecourse (or TV screen) near you very soon!
On a different note, many thanks to those who entered the little weekend competition to win Treve goodies, Champions Day tickets, and a copy of my soon-to-be-released Breeders' Cup Compendium. I used a random number generator to pick the winners, based on retweet order.
The numbers were as follows:
1st prize: #92, Steve Patterson, @patterss - Congratulations! You win the lot! Treve bundle, 2 x British Champions Day grandstand tickets, and a copy of the compendium
2nd prize: #84, Shorthead, @shorthead1 - Well done, you get 2 x BCD tix and a copy of the BC report
3rd prizes: #25, Alex Zevenbergen, @thorpe_ / #62, Paul McArthur, @paulmcarthur3 / #42, Graham Ashford, @statsandtrends - you will all receive a copy of the Breeders' Cup report when it's ready later in the month.
Winners, I'll be in touch with you later today for postal and/or email addresses to send prizes. Whoop whoop!
There were only 104 entries, so if you didn't take part, you missed out on a better than 20/1 chance of claiming a prize for the sake of 30 seconds efforts (and potentially two seconds effort if you already follow @geegeez_uk on twitter). Maybe next time 😉
Talking of Champions Day, the entries will revealed live at 1pm today, and you can watch it unfold right here on geegeez. Just click here - or use the link on the home page - to connect through.
As well as the entries - will Gleneagles be in or won't he? - there will be chat with some of the main trainers and jockeys, who are sure to offer insights into what they expect this coming weekend.
It's a novel idea, and should be fun to watch. Again, the link is here and it's live at 1pm GMT.
That's all for today. Stay tuned for tomorrow, when I hope to have that Anthony Honeyball stable tour piece topped and tailed and ready to read. The yard have some interesting entries this week, and I'll try to get an inside line on those...