A bit of a catch up round up today, to let you know what's happening right now, and what's coming soon...
First of all, thanks to the 150 of you who entered the World Cup 'flash' competition. I know it was a bit short notice - basically because I only thought of it yesterday morning! - but it should be a lot of fun. Those who picked Neymar will be on good terms. But remember, he'll only score ten points in the competition (his odds were 10/1 with bet365 to win top scorer, which looks big now. Best price is 7/2).
That will be plenty of fun to follow throughout the first couple of weeks, while everyone's teams and players are still in the tournament. After that, it will be a battle of the best. I'll update the post with all 3+ goalscorers as and when that happens, and with the semi-finalists when they are known. Great fun! 🙂
Talking of competitions, did you know that you can now enter your tips into the tipping league directly from the race cards?
Just click the 'TIP' icon next to your fancy, enter your stake and check 'e/w' if you want to bet each way. Then click the big reg 'Tip On: xxxx' button. If you want to bet the horse for real, the current best odds are displayed, and clicking them will take you to the bookie with that price. Easy.
Geegeez and its sponsors have already paid out over £2,000 in cash and free bet prizes, so this really is a great way to have fun and get some free bets. The tipping league is open to all registered users, both Gold and free.
This month's sponsor is 888sport, and they are offfering £120 in free bets to the winner, £80 in free bets to the second placed player, and £40 in free bets to the third.
Rules can be found on the rules tab here. The two main ones are 1. you must select at least 20 tips in the month, and 2. you must bet £20 with 888sport in the month.
The current monthly leader is vinceone97, and his score looks eminently catchable, especially with Royal Ascot's big-priced jamboree next week. And, with just thirteen players beating par right now, you've a fine chance of getting among the prizes. So get stuck in!
Now for some more good news. The Shortlist was a popular but time-consuming daily tipping feature here on geegeez, and it came to the end of its run three weeks ago. Well, the clever techie people that help me build the geegeez cards, tools and reports have come up with a way to mechanize the process.
Although it doesn't have any of the inference of a human-aggregated list, it also doesn't have any of my particular biases and foibles! It really is a very simple report, found in the reports dropdown on the racecards for Gold subscribers. Today's list is below, so you can see how it works.
See? I told you it was simple!
All columns are sortable, and the report displays those horses whose win stats get them at least two green, and three ambers. Obviously, five greens is an optimal profile, with amber being quite good, and red not good.
A dash - means there is no data for that item. For instance, Just Paul has not run in today's class before, and Dubai Prince has not run at today's course before.
Make sense? Good. Gold subscribers, enjoy. 🙂
p.s. not a Gold subscriber yet? Really?! You can take a ten day unlimited access trial here.
A week or two ago, I invited subscribers to write guest posts if they'd like. The take up has been on the low side, which is a shame, but the quality has been very good indeed. And quality trumps quantity every time.
If you'd like to write a post, we'd love to read it. You can find out how to here.
Right, what's happening next? Well, in the hullabaloo surrounding the World Cup, it's almost gone unnoticed that next week is Royal Ascot. With Epsom's Oaks and Derby being a few days later than usual and Royal Ascot a few days earlier, there are just eleven days between the two meetings this year.
Geegeez, as you'd expect, will have full coverage of the greatest flat meeting of them all, starting on Monday with an overall preview of who, and what, to look out for at the Royal meeting. And then, from Tuesday to Saturday, there will be full race previews on site.
And, if you're planning to bet at Royal Ascot, but are not yet a Geegeez Gold member, now is an excellent time to take a trial, because your ten days will cover the whole meeting. Not only that, but the five day declarations are already available for Tuesday and Wednesday, and Thursday's early entries will be available later today!
Do make sure you download the Gold User Guide here. It's packed full of useful hints and tips on how to get the best from your Geegeez Gold subscription.
I can't wait for Royal Ascot. In my opinion, it is the single hardest punting challenge in the entire year. And I love it!
And finally, the World Cup continues today with three matches. After an entertaining and controversial opening match - how unlucky were Croatia? - the World Cup final of 2010 is reprised this evening as Spain take on Holland. This is a clash of the titans, and there's clearly no love lost between the sides. Tasty!
Although it's not my sort of bet, Coral are 4/1 about a red card being shown in that game, and it might appeal to some. Click here for that one.
Also this evening, and offering more appeal from a punting perspective, Chile will be duffing up the moderate Aussies. Coral are offering all customers the chance to back Chile to win to nil at 6/4 - max stake £20 - and I make them an odds on shot to do that. I'm on.
You can get this offer through this link.
OK, that's all from me for this round up post. Lots of links to other places, so do take a moment to look at the various elements that take your fancy. And have a great weekend!