In this post, I'd like to draw your attention to some important changes about to happen on geegeez.co.uk. I'd also like to draw your attention to some of the cool content on the site just now. But first, if you're a regular visitor to geegeez, please note the following:
I'm currently in the latter stages of testing a new 'registered user' function. A who what?!
Basically, as of next week (most likely), some of the features and content you've come to know and love will be available to registered users only. The good news is that it costs nothing to register, and lots of you (over 1,500) are already registered.
[Don't worry if you've forgotten your username or password, or anything like that. We'll sort it all out next week.]
For many of you, it will make very little difference - perhaps even none - but for a good number more, you will need to register on the site in order to access some areas of content.
So, specifically what will be for registered users only?
First of all, all blog posts, news and editorial features are remaining universally accessible. So even if you don't want to register for geegeez (though why on earth wouldn't you? 😉 , there will still be heaps of content to keep you entertained and, hopefully, informed.
However, the following items will only be available to registered users:
- Today's racecards (unregistered users can view one meeting a day only)
- Full Form Filters for today's racing (unregistered users can view one meeting a day only)
- Race Analysis Reports for today's racing (unregistered users can view one meeting a day only)
- Tipping League (this is already only available to registered users)
- The Shortlist, Stat of the Day, and Double Dutch
Registration is free, and you can do it here.
What else can registered users get?
As part of the registration process, you will be able to choose from a range of bookmaker sign up offers to take advantage of should you so wish. For instance, if you'd like to enter the competition below, you might want to opt in to register for that bookie during your registration.
If you don't, no problem. But do make sure you're signed up before next week in order to enjoy uninterrupted access to your favourite parts of the site.
Registration is free, and you can do it here.
There is one more exciting thing to tell you about on this subject.
I'm delighted to report that, very soon, you'll also be able to view tomorrow's racecards the night before (from about 5pm, we think), along with the Full Form Filters and the Race Analysis Reports.
Plus, finally, you'll be able to view pace predictions for all races. This is very powerful information that you may not be familiar with, but believe me when I say it is possible to make fairly well informed betting decisions using this data alone.
As well as that, we're working on some further reports, including one which highlights the course record of all runners that day; and one that flags the best of the best from the Race Analysis Report output.
There will be a nominal monthly charge for these exciting new developments, and for those that want to look at the racing the night before, it will be a 'no brainer'. If that's not you, you'll be able to see exactly what you do now as long as you've registered, as per the above notes.
OK, what else is new? Well, quite a lot, actually.
First up, Tony Keenan has begun writing a regular piece on the most noteworthy Irish racing action, with a view to the Cheltenham Festival. Tony is well know to many of you via his Punting Confessional, and now Irish Outsider pieces. And he's made a strong start with the Irish Road To Cheltenham posts too.
I'm also delighted to welcome a young chap called Martin Pennington who is, quite literally, our man in the field. Specifically, the point to point field! Martin has been keeping us up to speed with all the latest goings on between the flags, with a view to highlighting horses of note both for hunter chase season (coming soon) and those expensive types that pass through the sales ring on their way to bumper/novice careers under rules.
Martin's Pointing to Winners can be seen here. In it, he looks at the latest point-to-point action, but also in his 'Rules Round Up', focuses on the ex-pointers bidding to make a transition to the professional game this week, including a couple running this afternoon. Here's the link.
One thing you may or may not have noticed is a subtle change to the geegeez home page. Whereas before, everything was mixed in the main middle column, I've separated out the tipping content - which is now on the left hand side of the home page - from the more news/editorial based content, which remains down the main centre column.
Hope that makes sense: certainly, if you've not been able to find your tipping favourites, you should now know where they are!
Now then, I mentioned a competition earlier in this short post, so let me briefly tell you about that.
My friends at Seanie.Mac were very kind when I explained that we'd had thirteen entries for the first competition they generously sponsored. In fact, rather than cut ties, they've doubled the prize and halved the entry criterion!
The competition is simple: pick the winner of the Haydock 2.25 on Saturday, and offer your best guess on the total winning distances of all races at Haydock that day.
The person who correctly predicts the winner of the 2.25, and is closest to the total winning distance will scoop £200 in free bets. Nice!
In order to enter, you need to be a Seanie.Mac account holder and make a minimum £5 bet with them. Because many of you told me you didn't know much about Seanie.Mac, I've written a short review of this new Irish bookie, and also outlined my own experiences with them.
Read the Seanie Mac bookmaker review here.
So, do read that and get signed up with them today - perhaps taking advantage of our registration tool to do it, if you're not yet registered with geegeez - and then when the final runners are known for the big race on Saturday, you'll be ready to enter the comp. I'll keep you posted over the next couple of days.
And, let's face it, on current form you've a one in thirteen chance of winning £200!!!
Even if you weren't going to have a bet on Saturday, and you bet and lost £5, you'd still be getting a free tilt at a 40/1 shot (£5 x 40 = £200). I make the assumption that you will probably be having a bet on Saturday, of course...
Oh, and if your first bet is between £5 and £25, and it loses, Seanie Mac will give you a free bet to the same stake anyway. So you do have quite a few chances to win for that fiver bet!
Anyway, it's a great competition, and a good bit of fun.
So do take a look at Seanie Mac and be ready with your entry from tomorrow afternoon (or on Saturday itself). Note, all entries have to be in before the first race - 12.10pm - on Saturday, because of the winning distances tie break question.
That's all for today. If you've any questions or comments on anything in this post, leave them below and I'll be happy to answer them.