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Round-Up (Comp, New Report, Coming Soon…)

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! 🙂

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Talking of competitions, did you know that you can now enter your tips into the tipping league directly from the race cards?

Enter your tipping league tips right within the racecards!

Enter your tipping league tips right within the racecards!

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.

For point 2, if you don't have an account, open one here. They'll give you oodles of free bets, and have some great World Cup offers.

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!

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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.

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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.

NEW: The Shortlist report, available daily

NEW: The Shortlist report, available daily

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.

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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.

The two most recent guest posts contain a mini-system to follow, and a user's experience with a high ticket price 'system'. Was it worth the cost? Find out here.

If you'd like to write a post, we'd love to read it. You can find out how to here.

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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!

You can take a ten day unlimited access trial here.

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!

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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!

Matt

June is a MASSIVE month of sport…

A stupendous month of sport...

A stupendous month of sport...

Wow. As sporting months go, June is an absolute whopper. And that's quite apart from the fact that the World Fly Fishing Championships conclude today in the Czech Republic!

Of more interest to most - fly fishing fanatics aside - are the monoliths of racing's summer calendar - The Oaks and Derby, and Royal Ascot - which this year are just ten days apart. That means that three weeks from now they'll both be consigned to history. It also means we have a lot to look forward to in the immediate future.

Geegeez will have extensive coverage of both events, as you'd expect, including big race previews aplenty.

Even before the Oaks, which is this Friday, there is a big update due to the racecards. As I write (10am Monday morning), my web wizard is putting a couple of finishing touches in place, and we hope to upgrade the cards and form tools later this morning or this afternoon. There could be a short hiatus in service, so please accept apologies in advance for that.

So what's in today's upgrade? Well, quite a lot...

- Significant speed enhancements
- Jockey / Trainer form indicators
- New Trainer-Jockey Combination reports
- New Jockey form reports
- Variable ranges added to Race Analysis Reports
- Tipping League integrated into the main cards
- Ability to remove horses from consideration (and reinstate them)
- Publication of all reports for tomorrow's racing the night before
- Head to Head info on full five day declarations
- Inclusion of a 'Race Verdict' comment for every race
- Improved search visibility and mechanics
- Various minor bug fixes

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I am planning to produce a user manual covering not just the 'Phase 6' additions above, but everything. That, as you might expect, will take a while! But it should be ready in time for me to update it ahead of Phase 7, which we're planning by the end of the month. More on that in a minute.

One thing I'd like to especially tease out is the new integrated tipping league. I'm sorry to say that, until now, playing the tipping league was a bit of a faff, with users having to go to a completely different page to enter selections.

Well, no more. From later on today, you'll be able to click the 'TIP' icon next to a horse and enter your tip right there. Awesome!

Now you can enter your tips right from within the racecard...

Now you can enter your tips right from within the racecard...

Between the Derby and Royal Ascot, beginning next Thursday in fact, is that tiny little event of minor interest to a handful of people dotted around the globe, the World Cup. Whilst geegeez.co.uk is of course a predominantly racing site, many of us love our football as well; and many more of us love a good bookie offer.

Well, the World Cup is like Cheltenham on steroids when it comes to bookie offers, and I'll be bringing you the pick of them in the coming days. I'm planning on making a risk-free £90 myself today, which I'll tell you about tomorrow, all being well 🙂

For those into tennis, the French Open is drawing to its conclusion this week - Muzza is still in there, but for how much longer, who knows? - and Wimbledon serves its first aces three weeks today. Dunblane's finest will have his usual rock solid chance there, as the defending champion.

And, as I say, by the end of June, we'll be aiming to introduce Phase 7 of the ongoing racecards and form tools project. So, what will be in Phase 7?

Well, I can't be too specific at this stage, but what I can tell you is that we'll be working on making things a bit more personal. What I mean by that is we'll be kitting out your 'My Geegeez' page to include things that are important to you, and we'll be giving you various options to control how you see information within the cards.

As well as that, we're adding some amazing content into the form - more on that anon, but I'm pleased to say it's 'best of breed'.

We'll also be adding some versatility to the 'going' element across the cards. Once we've introduced this, you'll be able to select the going for a meeting from a dropdown, and that will then perpetuate throughout the cards and form tools, meaning any changes in weather can be directly managed by you, at least in terms of your form study experience. 🙂

As for what else is in Phase 7, well, that's rather up to you. We're open to suggestions regarding what you'd like to see. No suggestion is too big or too small, so don't be shy. Leave a comment below with anything you'd like to see, and we'll add it to our list.

June is looking like a MASSIVE month for horse racing fans, sports fans in general, and for geegeez readers too. Exciting times ahead!

Matt

Trainer Stats: 26th June 2013

HENRY CANDY

Henry Candy in flying form

Andy Newton’s got six more flat yards that are in cracking form to look out for this week…… Read more

Sunday Supplement: As The Knights Draw In…

Tony Stafford

Tony Stafford

Sunday supplement

By Tony Stafford

Have you noticed the nights drawing in? Last night driving back from Ascot for the last time, the pall of imminent darkness enveloped me. At the rate at which the weeks fly by at my age, it’ll soon be Christmas. Some people dread the prospect of another bout of winter shopping frenzy. For me it means we’ll be on the way to the longest day again.

I’ve probably already propounded to you my theory on time and the increased rapidity with which the weeks pass as one gets older. At primary school the terms were, well, interminable. Summer holidays stretched endlessly. No wonder, at five years of age a year equaled 20 per cent of one’s total experience – in fact less as for the first part of that time feeding and sleeping comprised the bulk of that knowledge.

At my present age, a year is less than 1.5% of my total experience, so it whizzes by, although I must admit to rather large memory gaps. I reckon the Queen, who is more certain to spend five consecutive days at Ascot every June even than myself, has trained herself to remember just about everything that’s happened in the most remarkable of lives.

I bet she remembers the Annus Horibilis a decade or probably more ago when family troubles dominated the pages of the red tops. To come through that into the serene calm waters she enjoys in her 80’s as the most popular person in the country’s history, possibly owes more than a bit to horse racing in general and the Royal meeting in particular.

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Every day at Ascot, between 50 and 70 thousand people have the chance to watch the Royal parade down the course. Some don’t bother of course, but the absolute certainty with which the horse-drawn carriages enter the gates at the top of the straight at 2.00 p.m. sharp and proceed down the immaculate course with the Queen smiling and waving to both sides is truly a symbol of the unchanging order of things in a sometimes embarrassing country.

I’m lucky to have a good vantage point from which to watch the slow unfolding of the ride and as she turns under the stands and through to the parade ring, first-time watchers, especially from overseas, invariably are astonished that they can get so close to a reigning monarch.

Also young and not so young girls out for a jolly on what is now officially not to be known as Ladies Day, apparently, are equally enthralled by the sight. One discordant note yesterday as I walked past the group of so-called bookmakers lining the top end of the paddock were their prices on the Queen’s Hat betting.

I know anything is fair game nowadays, but to bet on the colour of her hat an hour before she shows up, and have around a dozen different hues offered with a best price of just 6-1 as one lady (?) of the species did (total 270% when I last looked) was simply scandalous.

It’s funny to think that there was ever a worry about the Queen having a runner in Ireland or visiting the country so closely connected with ours, although obviously with such a long history of discord between them. When she did eventually get there for a four-day visit in May 2011, among the stopping points were the Irish National stud and the Aga Khan’s stud at Gilltown on the second day, and on the final day, a trip to Coolmore.

Just as the connection with Ireland’s most famous studs will have contributed to the general warmth that the visit engendered, so her racing connection, clearly the passion of her life, endears her to the lovers of and those who are connected in their working lives to the sport. In short it humanizes her in a way that few other areas of her life and responsibilities can.

So what could have been more emblematic than for her to win the biggest race of all on her own racecourse, the Gold Cup, with the filly Estimate. They were talking down Sir Michael Stoute as being on the downward path after the less-than-normal success rates of the past couple of seasons, but as ever when given the proper tools, he never fails to do the business.

Estimate, heroine of last year’s Queen’s Vase, stepped up both in class and distance to win a thrilling race over two and a half miles, holding off the tough Simenon and giving the Queen the distinction of being the only reigning monarch to win the race in its 217-year history.

True, she has had more chances of doing so than anyone other than Queen Victoria (reigned 1837-1901), but it was wonderful all the same, and the wonder of it all is that within three years, granted the excellent health and strength that has carried her through the family vicissitudes and ardours of office, she will set a record of tenure of her job that nobody alive today will be able to watch being broken. That’s a proper record. No wonder God Save the Queen is sung so lustily by sportsmen either awaiting competition or having won a gold medal, or the crowds at those events.

When I sat down to pen these words, I envisaged possibly a sidebar on the Queen and her victory, and a bigger chunk on the legacy of the late Sir Henry Cecil and the dignity with which his widow Lady Jane Cecil dealt with the aftermath of winning the Ribblesdale Stakes with the Khalid Abdullah-owned Riposte.

It took even more stoicism for Jane and especially owner Sir Robert Odgen to deal with the post-race collapse and death of Thomas Chippendale after their colt won a dramatic Hardwicke Stakes which also featured a spectacular mid-race fall for the Paul Hanagan-ridden Ektihaam.

While the screens at the far end of the track could not disguise the horror of Thomas Chippendale’s unfair demise, Hanagan and many in the crowd were relieved that the old solid rails and concrete posts are now much less dangerous plastic, otherwise the former champion jockey would probably have broken his back, with such force did he land on the rail. Also, the way in which he went head-first into the turf, the old soft hats would have afforded none of the protection that the latest models provide.

The week was wonderful for so many reasons. I missed my slot here last week, stuck as I was in the wilds of Durham, but for which I’d have said my bit about Sir Henry. I got to know him well enough to visit Warren Place quite often in the days when I was an advisor to Prince Ahmed bin Salman’s Thoroughbred Corporation, when Henry’s skill brought the Prince wins in the Derby with Oath, the Juddmonte with Royal Anthem, and the St James’s Palace with Dr Fong, among many others.

I also had the cheek to ask him to train Hitman, a colt I’d bought cheaply, and with a partnership including Peter Mines of the Jet Stationery Co, had the good fortune to see him win a big handicap at Newmarket’s July meeting (in a course record that beat Royal Anthem’s) and finish third in the Gordon Stakes.

So I knew at first-hand just how good he was as a trainer. But as a man, the kindest thing he ever did for me was to write the foreword to a book I wrote.  Rest in peace, Henry.

Sat TV Trends: 22nd June 2013

R ASCOT

It's the final day at Royal Ascot

This Saturday it's all about Royal Ascot on C4 as they take in ALL the races on the final day of the big meeting...... Read more

Royal Ascot – Trainer Watch……

Aidan O'Brien

Follow Aidan's 4+YO's At Ascot......

As we gear up for Royal Ascot this week Andy Newton’s takes a look at which trainers to keep on your side through the five days….. Read more

Trainer Stats: 12th June 2013:

Brian-Meehan-002

Brian Meehan In Decent Form....

Andy Newton’s got six more flat handlers that have their strings in flying form to look for this week…….. Read more

Newmarket Trends: Day Two

More trends and stats from the second day of the Newmarket July Festival this Friday..... Read more

Newmarket Trends: Day One

Andy Newton is on hand with the key trends and trainer/jockey stats ahead of the opening day (Thurs) of the Newmarket July Meeting..... Read more

Sat TV Trends: 30th June 2012

Andy Newton gives you the key trends, plus trainer/jockey stats for the LIVE C4 races at Newmarket and the Northumberland Plate at Newcastle today..... Read more

Trainer Stats: 28th June 2012

Are The Dunlop Horses About To Hit Form?

This week Andy Newton’s got seven in-form flat handlers to keep a look out for. Read more

Well I Declare, 23rd June 2012

Well, I Declare! 23rd June 2012

Well, I Declare! 23rd June 2012

Hi, everyone and welcome to your Saturday edition of Well, I Declare! Todays sees action planned for Royal Ascot (Day 5), Ayr, Haydock, Lingfield, Newmarket and Redcar: weather permitting!

 

SATURDAY 23/06:

Royal Ascot:

Last year’s toteplacepot dividend on Saturday: £262.70

Average toteplacepot dividend for Saturday over the last 10 years: £495.15

2.30: Chesham Stakes: 11 of the last 13 contests have been won by horses starting at odds of 7/1 or less, with five winning favourites (of one description or another) having scored since the turn of the Millennium.  If I could point you in the way of one horse this week it would probably be Jalaa from Richard Hannon’s stable which has won this race twice in the last four year.  I cannot recall a juvenile race at the meeting in recent years in which Richard held just one entry at the penultimate stage.  Jalaa was an impressive winner of his Leicester maiden and was convinced that the Street Cry colt would be far better on a sound surface; hence the reason for opting for this event rather than the ‘Coventry’ which was on the trainer’s mind after the race.  The ground should have dried out considerably during the week according to local weather forecasters.
‘First three in the betting’ in the last nine years: 6 winners—-8 placed—-15 unplaced.

Starting prices stats in the last nine years:
7/1 or less: 8 winners—-8 placed—-15 unplaced
15/2 or more: 1 winner—-10 placed-—72 unplaced

Foaling stats in the last nine years:
January: 2 winners & 4 places
February: 4 winners & 2 places
March: 1 winner & 8 places
April: No winners & 4 places
May: 2 winners

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3.05: Hardwick Stakes: Four favourites have obliged during the last fourteen years, whilst ten of the last sixteen market leaders have claimed toteplacepot positions. Sir Michael Stoute has saddled three of the last six winners of the ‘Hardwick’ and the trainer held two options earlier in the week.

3.45: Golden Jubilee Stakes: Thirteen of the last fourteen favourites have been beaten, whilst seven of the last fifteen market leaders have secured toteplacepot positions.

4.25: Wokingham Handicap: The four-year-olds represent a vintage that has snared seven victories in this contest in the last thirteen years, whilst five-year-olds have won six times during the last fourteen years.  Seven of the last sixteen market leaders have secured toteplacepot positions (four winners). The last five winners have carried weights of 9-2 or less, as have twelve of the last twenty horses to have finished in the frame. Johnny Murtagh has ridden the last winners of the contest (15/2 & 9/2*).

5.00: Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap: Mark Johnston has saddled two of the last three winners and the trainer held six options at the penultimate entry stage. Eight of the last eleven winners have carried weights of 9-1 or less whilst four-year-olds have won five of the last seven contests. Eight of the last fifteen favourites have claimed toteplacepot positions (one winning favourite).

5.35: Queen Alexandra Stakes: Eight of the last ten winners have carried weights of 9-3 or less. Four of the last twelve favourites have prevailed, with another four market leaders finishing in the frame. Paul Nicholls held one entry at the time of writing (American Trilogy) which made for interesting reading.

 

Ayr:

General stats: Richard Fahey saddled a 1133/1 treble on last year’s Ayr card on the final day of the Royal Ascot meeting via winners returned at 20/1--11/1--7/2. Richard will struggle to equal the achievement this time around with just four possible runners potentially engaged at the time of writing.

 

Haydock:

General stats: Richard Fahey was also in (27/1) double form at Haydock saddling winners at 7/1 and 5/2.  Barry Hills was also among the winners at 7/2 and 1/4 (9/2 double) whereby son Charlie will be under pressure to beat dad’s effort twelve months on.  Both trainers were well represented at the five-day stage with Charlie seemingly intent on saddling winners with brother Michael already booked aboard several of his raiders.

 

Lingfield:

General stats: Three clear market leaders and one joint favourites scored on last year’s six race card.  The other gold medallists obliged at 5/1 and 12/1.

 

Newmarket:

General stats: Three clear market leaders and one joint favourites scored on last year’s eight race card.  The other winners prevailed at 3/1-13/2-7/1-8/1.

 

Redcar:

General stats: Three of the eight favourites won on last year‘s card, the other winners having scored at 5/2-3/1-7/1-9/1-12/1.

Trainer Stats: 14th June 2012

Cecil Heading To Ascot In Form

This week Andy Newton gives you five flat and five NH yards to look out for.......... Read more

TV Trends: Sat 9th June 2012

It's Off To The Roodee This Saturday

Andy Newton gives you all the trends and trainer/jockey stats for the LIVE C4 races this Saturday at Chester, Doncaster & Newmarket. Read more

Trainer Stats: 7th June 2012

Prescott's Horses Starting To Hit The Mark

With 4 recent winners it could be time to start following the Sir Mark Prescott horses – See who else is on Andy Newton’s hot trainers list this week....... Read more