So 2014 is upon us. How were the celebrations for you? I had the traditional parent-of-young-child evening: dinner, a glass of wine, and in bed by 9.45pm...
As a consequence of that, I'm bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and raring to go for 2014.
Now, as you'll know, geegeez is currently available for sale, but unless/until that happens, it's (sort of) business as usual. Here's what that means in the early weeks of the New Year...
I will be upping my output (sorry) as a consequence of the editorial team having been stood down (really sorry). So that means there will be more of a focus on my scribblings. These will cover whatever is topical and newsworthy, as well as things which look like good offers for at least some members of our community. That might be bookie specials, betting system trials, or competitions.
I'll also be sharing a fair bit more of my own systems portfolio. I've got about 80 systems currently in my 'incubator' (yes, EIGHTY!) and some of them are warming up nicely. Of course, there have been some clunkers in there, and a fair number which have bounced along plus or minus bits and bobs. But the headline stuff is worth noting.
Some content will be for Gold subscribers only. It has to be that way in the new world, I'm afraid, as it is those guys who keep the lights on in such places as today's racecards, the Race Analysis Reports and full form filters, and of course, Chris' excellent Stat of the Day and Double Dutch features.
I've kept Gold subscription costs at the absolute bare minimum - £12 a month. Keep in mind that our friend the VAT man swipes 20% of that, and the rest goes towards the data costs. Anyway, we've been here before. Please don't be peeved if something you want to look at is 'on the inside'. You can trial that side of things for 14 days for a solitary pound and, if you like it, feel free to linger as long as you'd like at the normal rate.
So, yes, more blogs in early 2014, and most of them free to all registered users.
I'm delighted to welcome a new sponsor for the tipping league in January, in the shape of bet365. They're offering a tasty £240 in free bets for the month, to be split as follows:
Winner - £120
Second - £80
Third - £40
Any registered user - free or Gold - can enter the tipping league competition. But, to be eligible for the prizes (as opposed to 'merely' the enormous kudos of being the geegeez tipster of the month!), you must place bets amounting to £20 or more with bet365 during the the first three weeks of the month. That's £1's worth a day, or one wager of £20 if that's the way you roll.
To enter the tipping league, just click the Tipping League link in the menu, or in your 'My Geegeez' area.
Chris is the only retained member of staff now, alongside myself, and he'll be continuing to provide you with his excellent - and profitable - Stat of the Day and Double Dutch advices. Stat of the Day's 2013 review can be found here. There will also be The Shortlist, and - possibly - some occasional content from some of the former columnists.
These are available to all registered users on the site, free or Gold.
Racing Form Content
As you know, geegeez has invested heavily in racing form content in 2013, and that will bear further fruit for you in 2014. As well as the cards, RAR's and Full Form Filters you're already familiar with, Gold subscribers also have access to Pace Analysis reports, and all of that for tomorrow's racing as well (from 6pm the previous day).
In the next few days, certainly by the end of this week, Gold subscribers will see a new suite of reports, covering course specialists, the 'best of' the RAR's, and four different trainer form reports. Here's the top of today's Horses for Courses (H4C) report - click it to see it full size:
And, by the end of next week, a new Horse/Trainer/Jockey search and track facility will be added. This is very cool. Whilst other sites allow you to follow your favourite horses in a tracker, I'm not aware of one which extends that functionality to trainers and jockeys. This is especially useful if you follow some of the less well known names. Again, it's for Gold subscribers, though we're trying to make the Horse tracker part available to all (if we can figure out how to do that!)
'Best of the Bookies'
In the early part of the month, we'll have a new daily slot called 'Best of the Bookies' (or some such). This will highlight all of the bookmaker promotions on that day, and be searchable by sport, offer type, and so on. It should become your first port of call before making a bet, as it may increase your winnings, or save your stakes, or potentially do both, depending on which bookmaker has which concession on which sport... if you see what I mean. For the sake of two minutes to check the list that day, I hope it will become indispensable.
Not every day, but probably at least once a week, as time and pot-plundering opportunity permits, we'll be welcoming back some placepot fun. These will be available to all users, and with luck we'll bag some tidy dividends along the way, as well as highlighting lots of value horses in their respective races. I loves me some placepot action! 🙂
Betting System Reviews
Yes, they're back! Actually, the betting system reviews never really went away. But they did receive less prominence in 2013, and that will be righted this year. So, by popular demand, we'll have more betting system reviews here on geegeez.
These are always impartial, unbiased reviews undertaken by geegeez readers such as yourself, and they take into account things like the complexity of the system/service, time taken to operate, customer support, and all that jazz... as well as, of course, the profit and loss figures.
So, more of that in 2014.
Big Meeting Previews
They take a lot of time to put together, and it's even possible that I might ask for a few shillings for some of them in 2014 - remember, geegeez has to wash its face - but I'm committed to bringing you more big meeting previews during 2014 as long as I'm here and at the helm.
With luck, we'll be able to replicate the recent 20/1 success of Mountainous in the Welsh Grand National in other upcoming big meetings. At the very least, I'll hope to steer readers towards a few winners and away from a few losers...
And that's how geegeez looks in the early part of 2014. We hope you like it!
For now though, allow me, on behalf of all of the team at geegeez, to wish all readers and their loved ones a happy and healthy 2014. If it happens to be a profitable one, so much the better. But, please, don't forget to enjoy the ride. We're a long time dead. 😀