Gosh. Or should I say, GOSH?
I was truly and sincerely gobsmacked by your kindness in response to Monday's post. I was hopeful that a few generous souls would comment favourably about geegeez, with a view to showcasing the affection in which the site is held.
But I was amazed - no, dumbfounded - by the 167 (one hundred and sixty-seven!!!) messages of goodwill. And I'd like to say a huge
to all who left a message, and all who read the post, and all who have visited geegeez over the last however many years. That wall of feedback is as strong a testament to the type of people who frequent these virtual rooms as any I've seen. I'm proud to have been a part of such a lovely community of racing fans for so long. Again, thank you. 🙂
Now, obviously this is a time of upheaval and no little uncertainty. So let me tell you where we are currently.
Firstly, let's talk about the 'user experience'. Or, in human terms, how things will look for you in the coming months.
For the rest of this month, December, it will be as you like it, and as it's been: no change. The one slight caveat is that there might be less blogs between Christmas and New Year, though I will try to do a Boxing Day special preview piece, with so much mouth-watering action. There is also another £100 free bet up for grabs on Boxing Day, from those deep-pocketed souls at Seanie Mac, so look out for that. It could pay for a few expenses during the festive period.
All of the excellent writers will be contributing up until the end of the month, after which time some will be signing off, unfortunately. A couple have volunteered to continue scribbling for you, and again, that reflects the regard in which this community is held. People LOVE writing for you, because you engage with it and you appreciate it. Nice! 🙂
Chris and I are here until the way forward is established. So, in January, you'll still see Stat of the Day, and The Shortist, and Double Dutch, and my blog posts, and a few other occasional guest contributions.
We will also continue to trial betting systems and services, the latest of which can always be accessed from the menu item called Systems (at the far right of the menu bar). Or by clicking that there linkie.
As well as all that, you will continue to see the racecards, Full Form Filters, and Race Analysis Reports, until at least the end of April/beginning of May. That's the earliest break point from my license agreement, so if I'm obligated to pay for the data then I'm surely going to keep sharing that with the loyal geegeez readership.
Gold subscribers will continue to receive all of the above, plus Pace Reports (a video on which is coming soon), tomorrow's cards... and some new stuff in development. Want a sneak peek? All right, then...
Keep in mind that these reports are not finished yet, so not all of the data is pitch perfect as I write. But it will be when released, hopefully before the turn of the year.
First up, there's a new report called Horses4Courses. This simple page shows, in one place, the track record for every runner that day to have previously run at the course. It's easier to understand by looking at the report than by me explaining, so here's a screenshot of today's H4C:
You can click the image to see it full size. It's sorted by most wins, but all columns are sortable. So, for instance, if you wanted to look at a particular race, you could click the 'Time' column heading and have the data sorted by race time. Or by place percentage (for you placepot plunderers), click the 'Place%' column heading.
Like I say, it's a really simple report, but all that info in one easily accessible and usable place is a good thing..!
The next new report is the 'Best Of' report. This report takes all of the Race Analysis Report race-by-race content, and includes in a single view those horses that have a Race Analysis Report attribute (i.e. going, class, course, distance, field size) with three or more wins/places, and a win/place percentage of 33%/50% or more.
If that sounds complicated, it simply means these are the pick of the Race Analysis Reports for each race condition (note, not necessarily for all of today's conditions). Again, let me show you it to illustrate what it does and how. Some of the data is a bit quirky still, and we're working on that.
Click the image to see it full size.
Also in development is a very cool report containing trainer info. This fellow has four different views:
- Trainer 14 day form
- Trainer 30 day form
- Trainer course form this year
- Trainer course form since 2009
When it's finished you'll be able to select a trainer to see his/her entries, but we don't yet have that info built in. Here's the trainer course form since 2009 view for today.
Click the image to see it full size.
And the final thing which is in development, commissioned before the lockdown, is an 'entity tracker'. You've seen horse trackers on other sites, and may already use one. Well, geegeez will have that soon, but it will also have a trainer and jockey tracker too.
You simply select/deselect your chosen 'entities' (that is, horses, trainers or jockeys) by clicking the little stars by their names, and after confirmation, they'll be added to/removed from your 'My Geegeez' area, and you'll be able to see as soon as you log in those nags/pilots/handlers of immediate interest to you today.
Click the image to view full size. Also note the nice line of Blue Buttons (runs today, 12.50 Exeter!) at the top of our test racecards page. So all this information will be accessible from a single place.
Actually, when I say that's the last of the development, that's not quite true. There are two other things being worked on.
The first is a Head to Head report, which will show how the horses in each race have performed against each other previously, with a clickable slidedown (I hope) to show the actual races inline within the page.
And the final final thing in development is geegeez' own odds comparison tool. There is a tool at odds.geegeez.co.uk, and sometimes it even works! But it's unreliable and slow quite often. We're building one which will work better, and will feature a 'Best Odds' column, so you can instantly see that info, rather than having to scan around the grids for emboldened text. (That will be there too though).
The odds charts will be globally available, and all of the other reports will form part of the Gold subscription. So, if you've not yet registered, now is a good time. 🙂
So that's what's happening with geegeez. Like I said, more a new beginning than an end, and there's a lot of great stuff for any new owner to work with there. On that front, I've fielded probably a dozen enquiries so far, of which I'd classify four as 'sensible' (i.e. geared up operationally and financially to take geegeez forward).
I have two meetings on Friday, and while this is only very preliminary, I think one of them would be an ideal setup to take over. I really hope we can come to an agreement. (I'm even going to offer to write something here every now and again if they'll have me!)
In parallel to that, I'm looking at what happens if a buyer cannot be found, my Option 3 from Monday's post. I think realistically there would probably need to be a small charge for the racing content (cards, reports, etc) to retain that beyond the end of April. With that in mind, can I do a quick straw poll, please?
Please answer the question below completely honestly, as I need to be able to gauge whether the data costs can be covered. Obviously, you're not going to be held to your response - it's anonymous, anyway - but if you're unsure, can I ask you to click 'I'm not sure'? Thanks!
To clarify the possible answers, 'basic level subscription' equates to the 'free Basic' (BLUE) column in this chart, and Gold equates to, well, the Gold (RED) column.
Make sense? OK, here's the question...
OK, that's all for today. I hope your festive preparations are progressing well (I've done nothing on that score so far..!), and I also hope you can see there's plenty of life in the old geegeez dog just yet. 🙂