The Pick of the Posts in 2014

Top Ten Posts of 2014

Top Ten Posts of 2014

It's that time of year, dear reader, when before looking forwards we look back at the passing year.

2014 was a huge one for, mainly as it transitioned to a place where UK and Irish racing fans could find incisive data-driven information (let's call it knowledge!) to assist betting decisions.

But there was still much to chew over in the editorial ranks, and this post reprises my pick of the pile in the last twelve months, oldest to newest.

It covers topical issues, like field sizes and TV viewing figures; handicapping insights; the obligatory value betting offering; your betting habits; ongoing free stuff; and, bit and bobs of political comment.

All are worth a look - in my admittedly biased opinion - so if you have time do peruse my favourites from the closing year.

Oh, and there's a short thank you at the bottom of this post, too. 🙂


Matt's Top Ten Posts of 2014

Are Field Sizes in Terminal Decline?

Suddenly topical again recently, this subject has vexed the beaks for years, and I set about it with a set square and a database early in the year.


Finding Value in Markets

Value is about the combination of the frequency of winners and their average odds, as opposed to the 'winner at all costs' approach. Value is also the ONLY way to profit from betting in the long run. This post looks at the 'easy' part of the job of finding value: markets.


Pace in UK Horse Racing

Pace is something that most UK punters find hard to get to grips with. This is mainly because of a total lack of information on the subject, both in terms of data and methodology. This post, introducing a facet of Geegeez Gold, touches on both.


Are TV Viewing Figures in Terminal Decline?

Another seemingly pessimistic post title, again using the phrase 'terminal decline'. And as with the field size issue/post, I offer some candidate solutions as well as flagging what I believe to be at the root of the problem.

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About you...

Every year or so, I create a survey and invite readers to respond. You are collectively good enough to contribute to a meaningful level, such that I always have a handle on what you want to see on the site, and the approach you take to your betting. Here is the summary of the 2014 survey.


The Lynch Mob

In the middle of this year, Fergal Lynch received a license from the UK regulators for the first time since 2008. The reasons - race fixing - are expounded upon in this post.


Jim Best's 'Sore Thumb' Handicap Plots

Jim Best likes to land a touch. At the time of this post, there was much wailing about Best's antics. But, as I demonstrated, young Jim was working to the exact same blueprint he'd used six times previously. I even flag a couple I think are being readied as the next in the production line.


Using Contrast to Find Good Bets

When betting, I like to find a material difference in today's conditions against those a horse has recently been encountering, especially when that's combined with proven historical affection for those conditions. This post explores that further.


Giving in The Season of Giving has always prided itself on the amount of top class free content it offers punters. And, even with the change of style on site to a more data-driven content model, there is still much of value for no charge, as this post highlights.


How to Spot a Handicap Plot

The last in my personal top ten of 2014 is this one, which builds on the Jim Best post, and answers the question, "How can I spot a handicap plot?". In it, I name names, but the real value lies in the approach, which can be used by readers to widen their own searches and to unearth impending attempted coups. Good luck!



And that was 2014 from my perspective. I have hugely enjoyed the year, and the challenges it has brought. Looking back from a year ago, when I was exhausted and was for sale, we've come a hell of a long way in twelve short months.

That couldn't happen without the dedication of the great team of talents, both writing and technical. And, most importantly of all, it couldn't happen without the dedication of an amazing readership. There's much fluff and hot air penned and spoken about community, but in the midst of all that faux bonhomie, the good spiritedness of readers continues to be the single element of the 'job' that I love the most.

You are genuinely a fantastic bunch, and many of you have been reading my guff (and that of the other contributors) for over eight years now. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

On this last post before the turkeys are carved, may I wish you a very merry Christmas, and, when that time comes, a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Matt, and all of the team at

p.s. what was your favourite racing moment of the last year? Leave a comment and share...

p.p.s. click on the video below for an old but gold seasonal greeting from friend of geegeez, Chinelope. 😉

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23 replies
  1. dan boulton says:

    Keep up the great work Matt ,a very informative site ,Even had my first double on sat cheers very much

  2. Mondo Ray says:

    Thanks for all the good stuff Matt; a very merry Christmas to both the Bisogno Family AND the Geegeez fa… er, mob?!?


    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Ha, thanks Mondo. Hope you’re keeping well, and continuing to nail those big priced winners!


  3. bigvern63 says:

    Merry Christmas Matt to you, the family and all the team at geegeez. 2014 looks like being my first year of breaking even from punting, in no small part due to your excellent website…who knows, may even make some money in 2015!!

    Cheers, Chris

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Thanks a lot Chris for the kind regards.

      And as for breaking even in 2014, there’s still time to bag a profit!


  4. Alex c says:

    Matt, as always this site is essential reading. Keep up the good work in 2015. One day I will buy you ‘that’ beer….perhaps when both our footy sides reach the promised land. Merry Xmas to you and your family and a seasonal ‘thanks for everything this year’ to all the team at geegeez. There’s a new sheriff in town etc., etc

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Thanks, Alex. Looking forward to the beer. And maybe we’ll do some webinars in 2015? Could be fun!


  5. Leedscol says:

    Thanks Matt.The handicap plots article paid dividends straight away with Nordic Nymph yesterday.
    All the very best.


    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Excellent work, Col. Well done for ‘going off road’ with it and doing your own digging. As you say, some quick dividends paid there on a horse with zero ‘obvious’ form.


  6. Justinitforsport says:

    Hi Matt, (or indeed other users) not specifically about this, though as a new user I am enjoying reading. However, when do racecards usually appear? I know next is Boxing Day, but I want to check my iPad is working, I can’t seem to bring up any past results either. Just running safari, bog standard iPad setup. Cheers

    • Matt Bisogno says:

      Hi Justinitforsport,

      Funny time with the dead days just now. Free users can only see today’s cards, and as there’s no racing today, there’s no cards alas.

      However, you should be able to see the results by clicking the recent results button or the past results one.

      Feel free to email with any further questions and we’ll do our best to help you out.


      • Justinitforsport says:

        Hi Matt,

        Thanks for that, when do cards go up for paid users? I can see past results on my phone (android) but my ipad doesn’t seem to want to play, do I need flash? I sent an email to the other email address, to do with stakes and the like, I’m sure you’re all very busy, look forward to a reply whenever you can.


        • Matt Bisogno says:

          Hi again,

          Cards are available from the five day stage for Gold subscribers, so we can already see 26th-29th December entries. It’s possible there’s an issue on iPad (none of the dev team have them, and nor do I), and we are going to be looking into ‘mobilizing’ a lot of the content on geegeez in 2015. Unfortunately, it’s not a small thing, nor is it cheap. But with more and more people consuming content that way, it needs addressing.

          Haven’t seen your other email, but if it went to then Chris will pick it up and forward on to me if there’s anything he can’t deal with directly.

          Best Regards,

          • Justinitforsport says:

            Thanks Matt, I shall try it in a flash browser for iPad, think I’m going to try the 10 day trial for a look around. I can understand it isn’t cheap, sadly, not much is these days!

          • Justinitforsport says:

            Hi Matt,

            Update: if you have a pseudo flash browser on iPad, (I use Photon) the results and by extension, I’m sure the cards, seem to work, doesn’t seem to work through safari yet, but just wanted to let you know it can be done.

          • Matt Bisogno says:

            That’s good info, thanks. I’m not sure we use flash, but we do use jQuery UI, which might be the problem? (Beyond my tech scope in truth)


          • Justinitforsport says:

            Re update! Having just upgraded to Gold, the cards now pop up in Safari, now to see if I can read them correctly!

          • Justinitforsport says:

            I’m looking at the speed rating numbers in the cards Matt, and I’ve read the articles, but I still don’t get what I’m looking at. Can anyone help please? For instance, I can see Virak is top rated in the 14:00 at Kempton on Friday.


  7. alpha2 says:

    Hi Matt, so glad that you decided not to sell. The strengths that Geegez has gone to in the last year are so impressive. Looking forward to the continued development.
    All the best to the family and all the other Geegeez followers.

  8. chispa says:

    Happy Christmas to all the Geegeez team and to all GGers ! Here ‘s to a prosperous 2015 to all ….. made more likely with this brilliant site !! A special Happy Xmas to the little ‘heir’ of the Geegeez empire …(Leo :)) )

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