Another month, another set of new features within Geegeez Gold designed to help you know more than other people about a race.
Before we start...
Did you know?
Mobile users hankering after the good old bad old days of pinch and swipe to expand the desktop view on a phone...
...can still do that!
Within the Chrome browser, tap the three dots menu option top right and then scroll down to "Desktop Site" and tap the check box. (See image)
Hey presto - it's back to the future!
If you use non-Android type of mobile device, this google search will likely find the right answer.
I hope that's helpful for anyone still struggling to come to terms with our slightly different mobile layout.
Right, back in the room. What's new in this release?
Fast Finishers report
The first of two new reports is the long-awaited Fast Finishers report. It is based on our sectional timing database and highlights horses that may have performed better - or may be capable of performing better - than first met the eye. These are typically horses that expended their energy sub-optimally for one reason or another, the contention being that with a more even distribution of their effort they could improve.
The report highlights horses which have completed the closing section of their race notably faster (2.5% or more) than the race finishing speed.
The report looks like this:
The race tempo - three coloured and labelled blocks - is included so users may compare with the pace projection in the PACE tab for today’s race.
The report can be filtered by finishing position in the ‘Fast Finisher’ race (FF Pos), number of runs since the FF race, the race finishing speed percentage (FSP), the horse FSP, and/or the sectional upgrade (Sec Upg) earned.
HINT: Look for either a recent run, or an older run where conditions match today’s. Also, importantly, consider whether the race today is likely to be run at a similar tempo to the one where the fast finish was achieved.
1st Time Headgear / Surgery Report
Also new in this release is something we're calling HS1 - no relation to the high speed rail link whose implementation polarising opinion almost as much as the two parts of the country it is slated to unite!
This view displays the two-year record of trainers running horses for the first time in specific headgear, or since undergoing publicly recorded surgery. It's a similar layout - the same, in fact - to Trainer and Sire Snippets, but naturally with different content.
Here's how it looks:
The 'All' tab is a rollup of the content from the individual headgear and surgery views, and may be the handiest digest on a daily basis.
It is worth saying that, in the main, the application of headgear should not be seen as a positive and, as such, most trainers have negative records. In the same vein, though to a lesser extent, surgical interventions imply a degree of dissatisfaction with prior track performance.
Note: horses gelded or having had wind surgery prior to their first start are excluded from the report, as are horses with a first time headgear combination (e.g. blinkers and tongue tie).
Fast Results Course Dropdown
Sometimes we just want to know the results from a single meeting, say for example when we've made a placepot bet or the like. On busier racing days it can be difficult to isolate those races of interest from the swathe of results... until now. We've added a handy course dropdown so you can get just the results from the meeting you're interested in.
It lives in the top block, here:
...and has very few surprises. In the below example, I've selected Lingfield on Saturday (where geegeez-sponsored rider Marco Ghiani recorded a near 153/1 double - go Marco!)...
Show / hide odds toggle on racecard
Some people like to assess races blind - that is, without knowing the market - and we encourage users to try this at least from time to time as a barometer of race reading skill. To facilitate that, we already have an option on your My Geegeez page to show/hide odds.
But now we've made it even simpler to hide (and then display) the odds with a toggle button right in the race details bar. It can be found in the blue bar, and looks like this:
Minor fixes / amendments
As well as the above, we've made a few bug fixes and small changes, as follows:
Removed the odds requirement when rating a race
Up until now, if you wanted to add comments or ratings into the racecard option behind the 'calculator' icon, you needed to include an estimate of odds. Now you don't if you don't want to. It's still reasonable practice to do that, in order to see how close to 100% (ish) book you can get, but it should be your choice. It is now.
By time racecard sortation fix
We recently introduced a bug to the sortation of the 'by time' view of today's races - a very useful feature, for me at least. That's fixed in this release.
CSV export on Report Angles
In line with other reports, we now have a csv export function on the Report Angles report. It's the green button top right.
As always with new stuff, there is scope for issues to arise, either with the new stuff itself or, very occasionally, breaking something existing. If you spot anything we've missed, please do drop us a line to let us know. We'll get it sorted pronto.
Hope you like these new components. There are no game changers this time, but a good deal more helpful insight for your horseracing betting.