• Talking Horses: Best bets on Juddmonte International day at York

    Ulysses looks the most likely winner in today’s big race but could Frankie try to nick it from the front? Plus a 25-1 shot in the openerWell, hooray! We have slogged our way through the valley twixt Goodwood and York, arriving once more at the glorious peak of a top-quality midweek race-meeting.Continue reading...
  • Barney can battle to a Joyous Juddmonte

    All eyes will be on the Knavesmire today, as York’s Ebor Meeting begins, with the Juddmonte International a thrilling centrepiece. A magnificent seven take to the field, with Ballydoyle’s finest clashing head-on with the best from Godolphin. Throw into the mix a Stoute stalwart and a Juddmonte ‘flying filly’ and we have the prospect of […]
  • Stat of the Day, 23rd August 2017

    Tuesday's Result : 3.30 Brighton : Prosecution @ 11/4 BOG - 2nd at 6/4 : Tracked leaders, ridden to lead narrowly over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, headed post, beaten by a nose... Wednesday's pick goes in the... 7.15 Kempton : Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. […]
  • BHA rebuffs allegations from defence team in John Wainwright case

    • Harry Stewart-Moore furious with racing ruling body over handling of case
    • Solicitor believes BHA did not disclose relevant material in time for hearingRacing’s ruling body has refused to engage with detailed allegations that it failed to properly disclose relevant material to John Wainwright’s defence team during the disciplinary proceedings which the Yorkshire trainer faced recently. Wainwright was cleared of corruption on Thursday, prompting angry exchanges between th
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  • Placepot Pointers – Wednesday August 23rd

    YORK – EBOR MEETING – DAY 1   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £51.70 (6 favourites - 2 winners - 2 placed - 2 unplaced)   Wednesday's Placepot permutation at York:  Leg 1 (1.55): 7 (Edward Lewis), 5 (Orion’s Bow), 2 (Moviestar) & 4 (Line Of Reason) Leg 2 (2.25): 4 (Dee Ex Bee), 5 […]
  • Race of the Day – 23 Aug

    Race of the Day - 20:15 Kempton The Trainer Snippets report highlights what an excellent record James Butler has on the all weather courses. He has a record of 33 winners (15.42%) and 68 places (31.78%) from 214 runners, for level stakes profits of 92.88 and 94.96 respectively. This also produces an Impact Value of […]
  • Talking Horses: Enable to face five in Thursday's Yorkshire Oaks

    John Gosden’s flying filly appears to have scared away the opposition, though her main rival comes from a yard familiar to this page ...Enable can be expected to start at very short odds indeed for Thursday’s Yorkshire Oaks, following the news this morning that just five rivals will take her on. Bookmakers have her at a best price of 1-3, with her nearest rival available at 7-1 for the Group One contest.Continue reading...
  • Placepot Pointers – Tuesday 22nd August

    BRIGHTON – AUGUST 22   Tuesday's Placepot permutation at Brighton:  Leg 1 (2.00): 3 (Taajub), 5 (Quantum Dot) & 4 (Secret Strategy) Leg 2 (2.30): 1 (Al Ozzdi), 3 (King Of The Sand) & 5 (Tiny Tempest) Leg 3 (3.00): 5 (Gunner Moyne), 6 (Riana Star) & 3 (Nouvelle Ere) Leg 4 (3.30): 6 (Kings City) & 4 […]
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  • Frankie Dettori’s shoulder injury led to Shutter Speed’s stutter, says trainer

    • John Gosden says jockey’s pain affected finish in French Oaks
    • Filly at 10-1 for Juddmonte International at York on WednesdayFrankie Dettori’s shoulder injury was partly the cause of a disappointing effort by Shutter Speed in the French Oaks, her trainer said on Monday. John Gosden’s charge appears to have a lot to do as a 10-1 shot in a hot-looking lineup for the Juddmonte International at York on Wednesday but the trainer is clear that her most recent bit of form
  • Stat of the Day, 22nd August 2017

    Monday's Result : 2.00 Lingfield : Rock N Roll Global @ 4/1 BOG - 2nd at 5/2 : Towards rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, kept on one pace, beaten by half a length... Tuesday's pick goes in the... 3.30 Brighton : Before I post the daily selection, just […]
  • Talking Horses: Almanzor retired plus best Monday bets

    A champion at three, the French horse flopped last week on his first run of a troubled year and will now go to studChris Cook: Almanzor, a devastating winner of last year’s Champion Stakes at Ascot, has been retired after his comeback flop at Deauville last week. The colt pulled two lengths clear of the Arc winner, Found, in the highlight of his career last autumn but struggled to make it to back to the track this year, having been affected by a virus at Jean-Claude Rouget’s yard and
  • Monday Musings: Baffert and O’Brien United in Cushioned Defeat

    You’d be hard pushed to stand Bob Baffert alongside Aidan O’Brien and suggest they have too much in common, apart from the obvious knack of winning major races around the planet, writes Tony Stafford. Baffert, 64, is the white-haired extrovert who specialises in the big-money pots – Arrogate, for instance collecting both last year’s Breeders’ […]
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  • Burrows Joy – Massaat Is Back

    Massaat caused something of an upset when winning the Group Two Hungerford Stakes at Newbury. Second in the Guineas last year, he’s subsequently not been the easiest to train, and has had a series of setbacks leading to this belated seasonal return. Despite his trainer expecting fitness issues after a year off the track, the […]
  • Placepot Pointers – Monday 21st August

    WINDSOR - AUGUST 21   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £23.60 (6 favourites - 5 winners & 1 unplaced)   Monday's Placepot permutation at Windsor:  Leg 1 (5.20): 1 (Snazzy Jazzy) & 4 (Qianlong) Leg 2 (5.50): 7 (Eskendash), 10 (Essenaitch) & 9 (Glorious Poet) Leg 3 (6.20): 4 (UAE Queen), 5 (Medicean Ballet) & […]
  • Bringing Negativity to Geegeez Gold

    geegeez.co.uk is a pretty positive place for racing fans to hang out, and we like it that way. So don't worry, despite the headline, nothing is changing in terms of the overall ethos of the site. It's still all about the bonhomie. But we are introducing a whole raft of negativity onto our racecards this week. […]
  • Karl Burke packs a punch with a one-two in Deauville’s Prix Morny

    • North Yorkshire trainer lifts Group One race with Unfortunately
    • Rostropovich wins for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien in Curragh’s FuturityUnfortunately led home a one-two for the Middleham trainer Karl Burke in the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville. After winning the Group Two Prix Robert Papin on his previous start, Unfortunately graduated to the top level with flying colours.The Society Rock colt, wearing blinkers for the first time, bounded into the lead in the closing
  • Tony Keenan: The Perception Of Deception

    Every sport has stereotypes they would prefer not to have, writes Tony Keenan. Track and field athletes are dopers, footballers are grossly overpaid and horse racing is bent. One can flip these sorts of views around however. The World Athletics Championships at London 2017 were relatively clean by modern standards, the suppressed times and overall […]
  • Stat of the Day, 21st August 2017

    Saturday's Result : 5.05 Newmarket - Stone The Crows @ 3/1 BOG - 6th at 9/4 : In touch, headway over 7f out, tracked leader halfway until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out... Monday's pick goes in the... 2.00 Lingfield : Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. […]
  • SotD Update, 14th to 19th August 2017

    Well, not the return from holiday I was hoping for! Matt's pick on Monday was beaten, as were my five from Tuesday onwards, taking the current barren run for the three of us (Steve's the third amigo) to nine and putting August's chances of making profit in severe jeopardy. It now looks like we're going […]
  • Placepot Pointers – Sunday 20th August

    PONTEFRACT - AUGUST 20   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £61.10 (7 favourites - 2 winners & 5 unplaced)   Sunday's Placepot permutation at Pontefract:  Leg 1 (2.15): 4 (Ginbar) & 2 (Viscount Loftus) Leg 2 (2.50): 5 (Bear Valley) & 7 (Melting Dew) Leg 3 (3.25): 3 (Ingleby Hollow), 4 (La Fritillaire) & 2 […]
  • Owen Burrows returns from the gloom with Massaat’s Newbury victory

    • Massaat displays class to collect Hungerford Stakes
    • Burrows describes the importance of the win as ‘massive’Massaat and Owen Burrows put themselves back in the big time with victory in the Hungerford Stakes here, the first success they have enjoyed together after 18 months of early promise and lasting frustration. A Dewhurst runner-up when with Barry Hills in 2015, Massaat was the dream horse that Burrows was handed at the start of his training career and then threatene
  • Davy Russell faces investigation over claims the jockey struck Kings Dolly

    • Footage of incident before start at Tramore on Friday emerges
    • Chief executive of Irish Turf Club says apparent clash will be followed upThe Irish Turf Club is to examine footage from Tramore on Friday which appears to show the high-profile jump jockey Davy Russell aiming a blow at his mount in the moments before a race. The incident was missed by the raceday stewards and indeed by most of those watching but a video of it went viral on social media on Saturday evening, prompting a g
  • Davy Russell faces investigation over claims jockey struck Kings Dolly

    • Footage of incident before start at Tramore on Friday emerges
    • Chief executive of Irish Turf Club says apparent clash will be followed upThe Irish Turf Club is to inquire into footage from Tramore on Friday which appears to show the high-profile jump jockey Davy Russell aiming a blow at his mount in the moments before a race. The incident was missed by the raceday stewards and indeed by most of those watching but a video of it went viral on social media on Saturday evening, promptin
  • Placepot Pointers – Saturday 19th August

    NEWBURY - AUGUST 19   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £12.80 (6 favourites - 3 winners & 3 unplaced)   Saturday's Placepot permutation at Newbury:  Leg 1 (1.20): 4 (Fast And Hot), 8 (Doctor Bartolo) & 6 (Nathan) Leg 2 (1.50): 1 (Another Batt), 5 (Red Mist) & 6 (Ventura Knight) Leg 3 (2.25): 8 […]
  • Talking Horses: Saturday’s best bets for Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon

    Librisa Breeze can continue Dean Ivory’s succesful run in the Hungerford Stakes but will face stiff competition from the Goodwood winner Breton RockAfter a slow start to the season Dean Ivory has really hit his stride this month, winning TV races on each of the last two Saturdays and adding a Listed prize at Newbury with a 10-1 shot on Friday. That momentum can be maintained by the best horse in his yard, Librisa Breeze (3.35), who has a fine chance in Saturday’s Hungerford Stakes. C
  • Misha Voikhansky: unlikely jockey who spent years behind the Iron Curtain

    The subject of a four-year diplomatic wrangle between Britain and the USSR, he started race-riding at 50 and recently rode his first winnerThe fourth-placed runner in a Nottingham handicap for amateur riders seems an unlikely source for the day’s best racing story but such was definitely the case on Friday. In urging Pretty Jewel past tiring rivals to earn £194 in prize money, Dr Misha Voikhansky was achieving the latest of many successes over the obstacles put in his way more than 4
  • Stat of the Day, 19th August 2017

    Friday's Result : 5.30 Catterick - Sellingallthetime @ 9/2 BOG - 2nd at 5/1 : Held up mid-division, headway over 4f out to chase leaders, went 3rd over 2f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, held towards finish... Saturday's pick goes in the... 5.05 Newmarket : Before I post the daily selection, just a quick […]
  • Sat TV Trends: 19th Aug 2017

    We’ve got all the trends & stats you need ahead of the LIVE ITV action from Newbury, Newmarket and Ripon this Saturday.   Saturday 19th August 2017   NEWMARKET Horse Racing Trends (ITV4/RUK)   2.10 –Randox Grey Horse Handicap (for Grey Horses Only) Cl4 6f ITV 13/14 – Failed to win last time out 12/14 – Aged […]
  • Talking Horses: Fretting over the form of Roger Varian's runners

    The Newmarket trainer has been short of winners in recent days and two of his fancied runners today appear vulnerableI take quite a keen interest in trainer form, so it was a surprise to find that I’d missed the recent dip in form suffered by the Roger Varian stable. My attention was drawn to it by the Racing Post’s Spotlight analyst who noted “stable quiet” in relation to a Varian runner this week. Continue reading...
  • Librisa to win Hungerford teaser

    The Group Two Hungerford Stakes from Newbury comes under focus in today’s piece. The seven-furlong contest went to John Gosden’s Richard Pankhurst a year ago. That was the trainer’s second win in four years, and he is the most successful handler in the Hungerford, with six victories in total. He runs a pair of talented […]
  • Placepot pointers – Friday 18th August

    NEWBURY - AUGUST 18   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £117.50 (6 favourites - 4 winners – 1 placed – 1 unplaced)   Friday's Placepot permutation at Newbury:  Leg 1 (1.40): 5 (Merlin Magic) & 1 (Ateem) Leg 2 (2.10): 5 (Jawwaal) & 7 (Qaroun) Leg 3 (2.40): 6 (Kingston Kurrajong), 9 (Pursuing Steed), 10 […]
  • Stat of the Day, 18th August 2017

    Thursday's Result : 6.00 Yarmouth - Whosyourhousemate @ 7/2 BOG - 4th at 11/4 : Tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra final 100 yards... Friday's pick goes in the... 5.30 Catterick Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. Generally, I'll […]
  • BHA comes under fire after John Wainwright is cleared in corruption case

    • Ruling body slammed for its ‘win at all costs’ approach
    • Jockey Adam Carter, stable lad and gambler all guiltyA furious row has broken out between racing’s ruling body and a firm of solicitors whose client, the Yorkshire trainer John Wainwright, was cleared of corruption by a disciplinary panel on Thursday. The British Horseracing Authority was forced to deny an accusation that it had a “win at all costs” attitude to disciplinary cases, following the en
  • Talking Horses: Jimmy Fortune back in the saddle plus a 13-2 nap

    The veteran jockey will try to repeat his 2015 Geoffrey Freer success aboard Agent Murphy on SaturdayWhat a pleasure to see Jimmy Fortune booked for four rides at Newbury tomorrow, having been absent since May with back trouble. The years have evidently taken some kind of toll on the 45-year-old but he still has big days in him, as he proved by winning the Cambridgeshire last year.  Continue reading...
  • Yearning For York

    York’s Ebor Meeting starts on Wednesday, so I thought I’d use today’s piece to fuel anticipation for one of the Flat’s major gatherings. The Great Voltigeur is one of the highlights on day one, and often serves as a pointer to the St Leger. Idaho was an impressive winner 12 months ago for Aidan O’Brien, […]
  • Placepot pointers – Thursday 17th August

    BEVERLEY – AUGUST 17   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2015: £2,984.20 (6 favourites - No winners - 1 placed - 5 unplaced)   Thursday's Placepot permutation at Beverley:  Leg 1 (2.10): 3 (Elnadim Star) & 9 (Zip Along) Leg 2 (2.40): 6 (Gold Stone), 7 (La Belle Mayson) & 4 (Dandy’s Beano) Leg 3 (3.10): […]
  • News and tips: BHA to publish non-runner league table in October

    • Move to reduce withdrawal numbers welcomed by punter and jockey bodies
    • We’ve always favoured a targeted approach, says NTF’s Rupert ArnoldA league table showing which trainers are most likely to have non-runners will be published by the sport’s ruling body in October and updated regularly as part of a determined push to reduce withdrawal numbers. The news was welcomed by bodies representing punters and jockeys and met with a more guarded welcome from the National
  • Stat of the Day, 17th August 2017

    Wednesday's Result : 5.15 Beverley - Regal Mirage @ 11/4 BOG - 5th at 6/4 : Led, headed over 7f out, chased leaders, faded final furlong... Thursday's pick goes in the... 6.00 Yarmouth Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. Generally, I'll identify and share the selection in the […]
  • Talking Horses: What Strike The Tiger is doing these days, plus tips

    Wesley Ward’s first Royal Ascot winner is still helping the US trainer with his raids on Britain’s top Flat prizesAny punter who managed to collect at 33-1 when Strike The Tiger won at Royal Ascot eight years ago might be interested to know that the horse, now 10, is back at a British racecourse for the first time since that heady day. Now working as a ‘companion thoroughbred’, the gelding travelled over from the US to York with Lady Aurelia at the end of last week and is
  • An Elite return to form…

    The previously heralded Elite Racing Advice service had an indifferent time of it in my last roundup (see here), but it seems like that was just the "blip" I suggested it might be, as they've just had an excellent fortnight, as you'll now see in the Geegeez System Trials Roundup to 15/08/2017. Over the past two weeks, backing […]
  • Placepot Pointers – Wednesday 16th August

    BEVERLEY - AUGUST 16   Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend: 2016: £47.70 (6 favourites - 2 winners - 2 placed - 2 unplaced)   Wednesday's Placepot permutation at Beverley:  Leg 1 (2.10): 7 (Dandy’s Beano) & 5 (Tale Of Tails) Leg 2 (2.40): 4 (Kyllachy Dragon) & 1 (Wensley) Leg 3 (3.10): 3 (Baileys Excelerate), 1 (International […]
  • Rough Day For Rouget

    Jean-Claude Rouget had a day to forget at Deauville, with the eagerly anticipated return of Almanzor proving something of a disaster. Off the track since his sensational victory in the Champion Stakes at Ascot last October, he was sure to show a little ring-rust. However, finishing last in a mediocre Group Three was certainly not […]
  • John Gosden’s plea fails to move BHA panel on Rab Havlin French drug ban

    • Trainer silences room at panel hearing with impassioned defence of jockey
    • Havlin has to serve rest of six-month ban for failing a drug testAn impassioned intervention by John Gosden was not enough to turn things around for his jockey Rab Havlin, who failed in his efforts to kill off a drugs ban imposed by the French authorities. Havlin hotly denied taking cocaine, which France Galop claims was found in a urine sample he gave at Saint-Cloud last autumn, but he will now have to serve
  • John Gosden’s ardent plea fails to move BHA on Rab Havlin French drug ban

    • Trainer silences room at panel hearing with impassioned defence of jockey
    • Havlin has to serve rest of six-month ban for failing a drug testAn impassioned intervention by John Gosden was not enough to turn things around for his jockey Rab Havlin, who failed in his efforts to kill off a drugs ban imposed by the French authorities. Havlin hotly denied taking cocaine, which France Galop claims was found in a urine sample he gave at Saint-Cloud last autumn, but he will now have to serve
  • Stat of the Day, 16th August 2017

    Tuesday's Result : 8.10 Chelmsford - Golden Goal @ 5/2 BOG - 6th at 9/4 : Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon switched right, kept on same pace... Wednesday's pick goes in the... 5.15 Beverley Before I post the daily selection, just a quick reminder of how I operate the service. Generally, I'll identify and share […]
  • Two Year Old Watch: Mid-August 2017

    Following on from an initial look at the two-year-old scene, through the eyes of Peter May's excellent speed ratings, back in late May, it's about time for another update. Since that first bulletin, we've had Royal Ascot, Newmarket's July meeting, Glorious Goodwood, and some high class Pattern action in Ireland. So, where does that leave […]
  • SotD Update, 31st July to 12th August

    Like the Great British weather, SotD seems to be suffering a "summer" washout. The long anticipated (by us here at geegeez at least!) downturn has arrived and the three of us are trying our best to turn it around. In our defence, July was the first loss-making month for over a year and whilst August […]
  • Talking Horses: Hoping The Twisler can twist again like he did in 2015

    We’ve had mixed messages from his owner but there’s grounds for hope that Neil Mulholland’s charge may have found a winnable raceFor the first time ever, I was contacted last night by the owner of a horse that I’ve tipped. I was hoping for something along the lines of ‘You’re a shrewd one, this has been the plan since Magna Carta!’ Alas...Continue reading...

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