Thank you so much, dear reader, for your interest in my new Geegeez Laying Service (GLS), and for your patience on Friday when amidst the fanfares and footfall, there was a - by now - traditional launch day cock up on the part of yours truly.
Due to said technical glitch, a number of you were unable to access the members' area, causing much gnashing of teeth on everyone's part. So, again, thank you for signing up, and thank you for your patience whilst those day one issues were resolved.
And what of the service since launch? Well, nobody should have made or lost any money yet, because you should all be paper trading ;o)
However, if you had been playing for real, you'd currently be 4.62 points to the good. That is, for tenners, you'd be £46.20 in front. Of course, it's ridiculously early days just yet, and there will be many a swing and roundabout before the trial period elapses.
Just to be clear on one point before I move on - at the end of this week, the trial period available for Geegeez Laying System will truncate to either a week or a fortnight (I'm undecided, but leaning towards the shorter spell). This means that you, my faithful reader, have the opportunity to basically get a month's free access. That's an offer not available anywhere else (as nobody is promoting this service - there's no affiliate programme).
If you want to sign up, please click here.
Of course, with a new service there have been a lot (a LOT!) of questions, and I've done my best to answer as many of them as possible. The most common ones are available on an FAQ page that I've created and will continue to update as new queries come my way.
Feel free to take a peek at that here.
And of course, you'll want to know the results.... check the latest results here.
Apart from 'how do I log in?', the most common question so far is from those in the vast majority who have a day job to do which prevents them from being in front of their computer at off time.
Let me clear: although there are some odds parameters involved with GLS, it is far from my intention to shackle you to your machine!
And these days, there's no reason at all why you should be. Most of you will be aware of bot software, and many of you will already own such a tool. For those of you who don't know about these marvellous inventions, they basically automate your trading for you.
This means you can set things up in the morning (or whenever), and leave it to place your lays as and when the appropriate criteria are matched.
For the relatively simple requirements of GLS, pretty much all bots will be able to assist. However, when pushed for a recommendation, as I often am, I'd slightly favour Grey Horse Bot currently (there are new tools coming to market all the time).
It's £15 for the first month and £20 for the 2nd month. Thereafter, it's £25 monthly. Not necessarily the cheapest, but for ease of use and 'functional richness' (i.e. what it can do), I reckon it's the best of - it should be said - a pretty good bunch.
I've added a link in the 'Geegeez Recommends' section to the right of this post, so if you're interested in automating your wagering and don't already have a bot, check this one out.
[Incidentally, if you want to know about alternatives, consider BetAngel, LayBotPro and BetTrader].
Sign up for Geegeez Laying System today, and take advantage of the four week trial offer.
Elsewhere, and hats off to Fairyhouse for their enterprise. On an excellent card, the racecourse actually auctioned the first race sponsorship on eBay Ireland. I was tempted to bid but thought it would go too high, as the course was also offering a generous hospitality package to the winning bidder.
The winning bid was 'just' 1,511 euros (about £1,200). Considering they were also offering ten tickets to a box, and that the race is a Grade 3 which will doubtless be shown many times in the future, I really feel like I've missed a trick here. It could and should have been the 'Geegeez Laying System Juvenile 3-Y-O Hurdle (Grade 3)'.
Well done to the Irish Rover Bar, New York, who claimed this excellent prize. Although Fairyhouse may be disappointed with the value of the winning bid, they've done brilliantly from the publicity, so hats off all round (except to me, for not being in the bidding!).
Later on the same card, the brilliant unbeaten bumper horse, Cousin Vinny, makes his hurdling bow in the Grade 1 Bond Novice Hurdle. He must be doing it all right at home to begin in one of the top novice events prior to the Cheltenham Festival (previous winners in the last ten years include Alexander Banquet, Hardy Eustace, Moscow Flyer, and Newmill).
It's a watching brief for me, but he will mark himself as a truly exciting prospect if he wins this.
That race is followed by the Drinmore Novices Chase, which is also full of top drawer prospects. Forpadydeplasterer, Trafford Lad and Tranquil Sea all line up, and only a token selection is Trafford Lad. Again, this event will be instructive with regards to the Festival chances of the key protagonists.
As if that wasn't enough, both of these races are trumped by a third Grade 1, the Hatton's Grace Hurdle, featuring the aforementioned (and now most venerable) Hardy Eustace, as well as Brave Inca, Kazal, Catch Me and Muirhead. Catch Me could turn into the best Irish hope for the Champion Hurdle (now we've hopefully burst the Jered bubble), and I take him to win today. Muirhead may give him most to do.
That's all for now.