Gosh, it's been a while. Ten days in fact. What's new with you? Ignoring the dominant headlines of the past week - on both front and back pages - here at geegeez.co.uk, there are a few noteworthy, if largely inconsequential in the grand scheme, updates.
First up, a massive well done to Geegeez-sponsored jockey, David Probert, who had a tremendous day yesterday at Brighton. He won the first race of the afternoon aboard 6/1 chance, Assertive Agent, and then followed that up with 14/1 Curious Fox in race two. That was just the start, though, as Probert rattled off the hat-trick with a patient ride aboard Fashion Parade, an 8/1 shot, to register a 944/1 treble.
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Three further rides passed as the elusive quest for a first ever career four-timer looked to be slipping away... but, on his last of seven mounts at the seaside track, Ron Harris' Noverre To Go proved just the steed for a little personal history-making.
Their victory at 15/2 rounded out a staggering 8,031.5/1 quad, and made for a very happy Davy P. I texted David last night to congratulate him and suggest it was all down to his lucky Geegeez pants, to which he replied, "Thanks Matt. Yes, they're still working! Hope it keeps going."
So do we, David, so do we!
Elsewhere, and as I mentioned in my last round up post - which you can look back on here - we have a number of horses in training syndicated through geegeez.co.uk. Nonagon was well touted in that post and ran out a 10/1 winner for us a few days later. He's since run second when stepped up to two miles before failing to get the run of the race in a pedestrian heat at Redcar. They can't go quickly enough for him from the gate with his relentless gallop a real asset when the early pace is sizzling.
Whilst I don't have the same confidence in Dragoon Guard at this stage, he's shaping nicely and ran well last time when third at Fontwell. He runs again this afternoon and, though the rain will make Worcester's two and a half mile trip feel more like three, we'd be hopeful of another good spin IF he can see it out.
Table Manners, another of our syndicate horses, received an opening handicap mark of 56 (which, of course, counts her out of 0-55 races), and I'd expect she'll be competitive sooner rather than later in that grade. Her debut run was very good and, though she's not backed that up yet, she will find life easier in handicap company. Keep her on side.
The Geegeez Geegee is on his summer break, and will come back to handicap chasing in the late summer/early autumn. And we have East Wing, an unraced bumper horse - full brother to Listed bumper winner, Coeur Blimey - who has needed a bit more time, to look forward to later in the year, as well.
Hopefully Dragoon Guard will be able to go very close to winning this afternoon if he lasts home in what could be pretty testing conditions.
Meanwhile, development continues on Geegeez Gold, as always, and we have a few additional snippets up our sleeves for our next release: snippets being the operative word.
We recently introduced the Sire Snippets report, and we're now working on making the content of that report contextual within the racecard for Gold subscribers. "What within the what?!" Contextual within the racecard... here's what I mean.
How about a little more inline intel on your race card? Sire Snippets inline form coming soon to Geegeez Gold... pic.twitter.com/fSp092YQzB
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Clicking on the breeding icon in the racecard will, for Gold users and on Races of the Day for free users, soon also reveal the sire's two year overall performance. Further, you'll be able to see how that sire has fared with horses in the relevant age range, race type (flat turf, AW, hurdle, chase, NHF), and race distance bracket.
This will be especially handy for horses with limited form - for instance, maidens, novice hurdles and National Hunt Flat races.
It represents part of a wider piece around sires. In the same upcoming release we'll be adding sire search functionality, and you'll be able to add sires to your Tracker as well.
These pieces will be available within a fortnight or so.
In due course, though not this next release, we'll have similar two-year contextual snippets for trainers as well. These will incorporate, for example, the trainer's record with first time handicap runners (when he/she is running a horse in a handicap for the first time); with today's jockey; with horses switching to his/her stable (on yard debut); with two-year-olds first time out (when running a 2yo debutant); and so on.
I think it will be a super-cool addition, and it should be online before the end of August.
We have much more in the pipeline, including extra bookmakers in the odds comparison tab; the long-awaited draw/pace content; and an upgraded pace tab that includes historical performance data by run style for races at the course and distance of the race you are looking at. Here's what I mean:
We've got plenty of exciting geegeez.co.uk-related stuff happening at the moment, and I'm very happy that you're an ongoing part of it. Thanks for reading!