It's Wednesday, dear weader, and I'm conscious you've not heard from me for a while. Weasons for this are thus... (time to dispense with the wascal wabbit pwose)
1. I've been experimenting with sending you less email
As I've tried to add more content - and value - to the geegeez site, and as excellent writers have offered their contributions, I've wanted to tell you about it on a regular basis, so that you wouldn't miss it.
I believe that the overall quality of the content on geegeez is better than any of the mainstream sites out there. I'm obviously biased, but the likes of Mal Boyle, Andy Newton, Tony Keenan, Ian Sutherland, and of course Tony Stafford have a freer reign here to write exactly what they think.
There's no editor politicizing their output; no 'ooh, you can't say that'. And the writers themselves enjoy that freedom more, as they do your kind words of support (something else you very rarely see on 'bigger' sites).
So, because of this, I've been emailing you most days to tell you what's new on the site.
But I've decided to stop cluttering your already crowded inbox, for a trial period, to see what impact it has on the site.
What do you think? Do you prefer email reminders of new content? Or are you happy to come over each day and see what's new? Leave a comment and let me know, if you wouldn't mind. (Thanks).
2. Here's what's been going on
So, having not been in touch, here's a quick run-down of what's been happening here on geegeez, with convenient links for you to peruse (they'll open in a new window, so you can still wead the west of my wamblings).
Mal Boyle has isolated the pick of this week's declarations, and the interesting runners therein, here.
Andy Newton has a view on the top trainer as we head into the St Leger meeting, which starts today, here.
Tony Keenan has some thoughts on how to get the best value out of the betting markets, here.
Ian's latest news stories, including pieces on the excellent Dvinsky and equally excellent Leger Legends race, can be found here.
And Stat of the Day continues to roll along (+106 points currently) here.
Oh yes, there's also Edge Your Bets, Tony Stafford's Sunday Supplement, and the racing system 60 day trials.
3. No Doncaster tips because...
Doncaster is not a good meeting for me. In fact, it's a bad one. In fact, I honestly doubt whether I'll have a bet of my own volition during the meeting (as opposed to one thrown up by one of my systems).
I thought Excellette was interesting in the 3.05 today, with her 100% place record in Listed contests (6/6) and her 5/6 record on today's going. But it's a warm race and even though she's 16/1, I'll probably swerve it.
She comes out badly on the trends for the race, some of which are quite strong. Twelve of the last fourteen winners were drawn eight or lower; ten were placed 1-2-3 last time out; twelve were aged four or five or six (3yo's 0 from 32); twelve were 8/1 or shorter; and, twelve were rated 100+.
A trends follower would be quite interested in Confessional.
Like I say, it's not a great meeting for me, so take the above with a pinch of salt. I do think Camelot has a decent chance in the big race on Saturday though. 😉
4. We at geegeez are mighty fine at Fantasy Racing
Oh yes we are. What am I talking about? Only the wonderful British Champions Series fantasy racing competition which 160 of you entered. There are about 20,000 in the competition in total... and our league heads the 'league of leagues'. Oh yes it does.
Here's the proof:
Well done to our top team of tipsters there.
There are very few races remaining now, and some of them are this weekend (Friday/Saturday), so do keep getting your selections in. It could make all the difference.
5. Geegeez has a horse, and may soon have horseS!
As longer standing readers will know, Geegeez has had a syndicate horse for a couple of years now. Khajaaly is our chap, and he's won three races for us so far. But he's been off the track since March with a leg injury which required an operation.
Well, I'm delighted to report that Khajaaly is back! He's entered for a race next Monday at his beloved Wolverhampton (all three wins have come there) and, though he's likely to need the run after a long break, it will just be great to see him back.
I won't be able to get to the track this time, for reasons I'll explain momentarily but I know a number of the current syndicate will be. Best of luck to them, and give him a pat and a polo for me.
Here's a video of him winning this time last year.
Now then, I did say geegeez may soon have horses. As in the plural.
I am currently trying to pull together a second syndicate, this time for a National Hunt horse, to be trained by Anthony Honeyball. If you don't know about Anthony, he's a seriously up and coming trainer based in Dorset, and places his horses very well too, which means they get their winning chance, irrespective of ability.
Anyway, I do have an interested list for this already, which is very close to full if a majority take up their options. If you'd like to be added to it, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you the details.
6. I'm grounded...
The reason I can't get to Wolverhampton on Monday is because I'm currently grounded. Not allowed very far from Geegeez Towers.
And the reason for that is that Mrs Matt is eight-and-three-quarter months pregnant with Matt, Jr. Or Leon, as he will probably be known.
The little fella is causing poor Carole all sorts of grief just now, which she's heroically dealing with. But, naturally enough, I'm on standby for a frantic hospital run, two days of excruciating pain, and at least six years of no sleep. And that's just me.
When baby does emerge, I will be missing for a couple of weeks or so. Chris has kindly agreed to take on as much as he can, and I'll try to check in as often as possible, but it's likely to be a 'skeleton' service for a short time.
So, please do bear with us. Thanks.
7. And finally...
Although I'm not allowed outside of London, I am allowed as far as West Kensington, where the London Racing Club will be meeting tomorrow night. Lee Mottershead, the excellent Racing Post journalist (definite article used advisedly), will chair an evening in the company of not one Brendan Powell, but two!
Yes, father - ex-rider and now shrewd trainer - and son - promising young pilot - will be quizzed, Parkinson-esque, by yer man Mottershead.
It should be a fun night, and we might get a couple of dark ones to follow for the season. Come along and say hello if you can. Full details are here: http://www.londonracingclub.org/ (right hand side of the page, not very well highlighted!)
That's all for today. Like I say, do please leave a comment (just scroll down below) and let me know if you prefer the lack of email contact, or if you'd rather have it the way it was... or perhaps just a weekly digest mail. Or something else.
Also, do drop me a line if you're interested in getting involved in the racing syndicate. Places are filling fast, and we may well be into waiting list territory by the end of the week.