It is with unbridled excitement, dear reader, that I can today announce that our very first Geegeez Racing Club runner has been entered, and is due to take her chance early next week.
Obvious, the filly that is the apple of a hundred eyes (fifty members, two eyes each on average, you do the maths!), will have her first run in the soon to be famous (or at least known) colours of Geegeez.co.uk
Now it stands to reason that after a year off, and with some thoroughly unexposed animals set to line up against her, Obvious has it all to do. Expectations for this seasonal debut will be pitched accordingly, and I'd encourage those of you who might want to share in the story with an investment to keep stakes toward the lower end of your normal range.
I hope I'm wrong, and that she proves too good for them, but Obvious' targets are later in the season, and a good performance on Monday can be classed as a serious bonus.
As if that wasn't enough excitement for one day, I've got more great news for the rest of the racing year. My great mate, Gavin over at Nag-Nag-Nag, is progressing well with his perennial winter bookie-buster, Trainer Track Stats.
For those who don't know the story, let me share with you why this too is so exciting to me...
Once upon a time, a long time ago (August 2006), a young man by the name of Matt Bisogno had a vision to create a new benchmark in the world of racing systems products. Although he had no experience of such things, aside from his own betting habits, and an ardent desire to 'raise the bar' from its hitherto far from lofty base, Bisogs was determined to change the hearts and minds of ordinary, good punting folk for the better.
His goal was to create something that was simple to follow, that contained a work of real quality, which was sustained by logic and a past track record, and that was accessible to his fellow betting everyman.
And so it was that from the white heat of his analytical furnace, the very first TTS was hewn. Rough around the edges, its presentation sacrificed for the pure goodness contained within, TTS became an instant hit in the latter part of 2006, and was followed by flat and jumps versions each season until this Spring.
Collectively, the TTS and TFS manuals have sold over 2,000 copies, and are feverishly anticipated by their veteran followers.
But the story is not as simple as that... it never is, is it?!
In June of last year, Bisogno took a job as General Manager with a major marketing player, Tim Lowe, that required him to give up his current business in order to avoid a conflict of interest.
Specifically, this meant a new owner had to be found for both NagNagNag and TrainerTrackStats. Sale was briefly considered but then dismissed, before Gavin stepped up to fill the void. With no experience of the internet (though a blue blood breeding in horse racing and betting), it was an extremely tough ask.
Many of you will know what an excellent job he's done, not just with Nag3, but also with his own 'brand', Festival Trends, which has enjoyed a tremendous run of success and quickly established itself as a keystone in trendsfolk's (I just made that word up!) punting arch.
History shows that my career with Tim (wonderful man, brilliant marketing mind) lasted all of two months, and it was 'start again' time for me. Time to find a new online home, and to find some new readers (as well as some loyal former readers - thank you, guys!).
It is strangely poetic that exactly one year on from my virtual 'rebirth', under the banner of Geegeez.co.uk, the very first Geegeez runner will step onto a race track. Wonderful for me personally, but most of all I'm thrilled to share the experience with so many of you kindred spirits. 🙂
Gavin and I joint launched TTS last year. This year, it is all his own work. My role has been little more than consultant data analyst, providing opinion on sample sizes, overall number of runners, wins to runs ratios, betting profit projections and such like.
And I have to tell you, Gavin's done a fantastic job. I won't bore you with the comparative stats (yet!), but suffice it to say that this season's TTS more than stands comparison with its predecessors, and there's a LOT to look forward to this winter jumping season.
What with TTS and Obvious, it's been a seriously red letter couple of days for me, and I know that many of you will share in my excitement over the coming days, weeks and months.
If you missed out on the chance to get involved with Obvious, don't fret.
There is another Geegeez Racing Club horse who will be due to run in about two weeks time. Baggsy is currently in full work, and will race either on soft ground (which he may well get as we stand on the precipice of summer, overlooking another soggy autumn) or on the all weather.
Again, his future will lie in winnable handicaps, so anything he achieves in his first couple of starts will be a pronounced bonus (pronounced, 'boh-nuhs' apparently).
If you'd like to be a part of Baggsy, as many of you already are, please click the link below, read all about it and, if it sounds like your kind of fun, you can sign up there. I'm really looking forward to meeting some of you guys at the track soon!
(By the way, if you didn't know, we're also planning a Geegeez Racing Club day for the end of October in Newmarket, where we'll go round the stables, watch the horses work, take in the racing museum, and then head to the track. You've got to be a member to come along - there's already around 50 people planning to attend, so check out the link above now!)
Right, too much excitement for this boy. I'm off for a lie down, to dream about our horse coming home in front, and greeting her back in the winners' enclosure, before cracking open the champagne with the rest of the Geegeez Racing Clan... ah, sweet dreams indeed.