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Dark Horses Annual and Dark Horses Jumps Guide (A.K.A The National Hunt Guide)

Since it was first published over 40 years ago Marten Julian’s Dark Horses Annual has become

accepted as the industry’s authoritative source of information on unexposed and unraced horses for the Flat season.

Marten’s 2017 Dark Horses Annual is available here and out early April.

This year’s Guide includes the following features:

  • The Premier List – Horses hand-picked by Marten that he believes will yield a profit to level stakes, including a potential handicap improver from a low-profile yard and a very highly-rated horse that has just a maiden win to its name
  • The Dark Horses – Unexposed and unraced horses from the UK, Ireland and France, that have shown the potential to win races
  • The Dark Handicappers – Relatively unexposed slow-burners that appear to have been prepared with handicaps uppermost in mind
  • The Classic Previews – Marten’s in-depth analysis of the first four Classics with ante-post recommendations
  • The Pick of the Irish – A handful of unraced horses to note this season from both high and low-profile Irish yards

Winter Guide 2016/17

“The ideal Christmas reading companion” Remember us for 2017!


It includes:
Marten’s Mid-Season Review, Marten’s Cheltenham Ante-Post Preview, Marten’s Premier List/Dark Horses Update, Marten’s Holiday Preview, Marten’s Eyecatchers. Last year’s eyecatchers included Minella Rocco WON 8/1, Arctic Court WON 14/1 and 7/1, Full Shift WON 5/1 and Emerging Force WON 9/2

We were pleased to welcome new contributor, Dave Keena, who will be wrote about novice hurdlers and chasers, over a variety of trips, and also the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown in this publication.

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Royal Ascot Bulletin Book

Marten produced two Royal Ascot Bulletin Books for the 2016 meeting, published on Thursday 9 June and Tuesday 14 June. If you have not had a Bulletin Book before we can send you copies for your perusal.

The Royal Ascot Bulletin Books include Marten’s in-depth previews of the feature races for which there are advance entries and his early news for the support races, based on the information he has to hand at the time of writing. Special mention is made of horses that have been specifically prepared for the meeting, notably in the handicaps.

Please note the format may change ahead of the 2017 fixture for this meeting.

Click here to see our Ascot page


Strictly Classified

Strictly Classified offers readers a unique insight into the workings of a horseman’s mind, notably in relation to their understanding of a racehorse’s psyche, emotions and character. Calling from his training in psychotherapy and other disciplines, Marten Julian sheds light on how those who work with horses try to unravel the innermost workings of a horse’s mind. He has asked many of the world’s top trainers and handlers how they identify and relate to a horse’s individual personality and thereby encourage it to realise its full potential.

Reference is made to how they address the potential effect of a racehorse’s formative years, their integration into a yard, their emotional range of experiences, their spirit, their will to win and their end days. This is a book specifically about horse people, how they respond to a horse’s character and psychological disposition and it is illustrated with examples of a few well-known horses with which they have been involved.

This book is published by Raceform and available from The Racing Post website although signed copies are available direct from us


Cheltenham Festival Bulletin Book

The Cheltenham Bulletin Book has long been recognised by professionals and enthusiasts alike as the authoritative guide to the greatest jump meeting in the world.

The Bulletin Book is packed with an in-depth analysis of every race together with observations from Marten’s well-connected
sources in Ireland and France. It also includes Star Bets from our team of writers and a statistical guide to the past runnings of each race.

We have been producing this book for over 40 years.

Click here to see our Cheltenham page


Online Previews

The evening before a major race day we quite often publish an Online Preview.

These publications are available from 8pm by logging into your online account on our website.

They offer all of Marten’s analysis on the day’s racing and also include The Postscript which is a retrospective look back after the day’s racing.

For the two major meetings where we produce books (Cheltenham and Royal Ascot) we offer Supplements to the books which are very similar to the Online Previews.

To see an example of this service please visit our download page or click here.

Click here to see our Online Previews page


Racing Snapshot

For racing when Marten has information but not enough to warrant the publication of an Online Preview he produces a Snapshot.

A Snapshot is sent direct to your mobile phone in a PDF format so works with smart phones and iphones. For clients who phones aren’t able to open files sent in this way we can send it via email.

If you would like to receive a test text message to check your phone can open this type of message please request a Test Snapshot by emailing If you can’t we can email the news to you.

To be notified when a Snapshot is available please text MJ SNAPSHOT and send to 66777

To see an example of this service please click here.


The Weekend Card

What’s It All About …

After over 40 years in the business Marten and his team get to hear a lot from clients about what they’re after from a service, which is why we see it as a priority to cater for as many of their needs as possible. That is why we have decided to bring back the Weekend Card – our best-selling service for many years before we decided to give it a rest with a view to revamping it when we felt the time was right to embrace and engage with the new technology.

Continuity …

One thing that has become clear is the importance of continuity in a service. For example, when we select a horse we know that our clients would appreciate some feedback – whether it wins or loses. The Weekend Card prioritises this by providing weekly updates on key horses from Marten’s Dark Horses Annuals (both Flat and Jumps), selected horses from earlier editions of the Weekend Card and horses which received special mention in the Postscript Service.

Click here to see our Weekend Card page


Telephone & Text Service

Marten records a daily racing information line with his news, views and analysis of the day’s racing. It is updated each morning, usually by 11.30.

Click here to visit our Telephone & Text page


Personal Consultancy Service

Marten’s Personal Consultancy Service, which costs less than £5 a day, provides the serious backer with a unique insight into the day’s racing. Marten calls upon 40 years of experience and his wide network of contacts to guide you through the season on a day-to-day basis.

Click here to visit our PCS page


Marten Julian, 69 Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria. LA9 4ED    Tel: 01539 741 007    -    Fax: 08448 11 22 97    -    email: