Looking forward to Aintree …

April 2nd, 2018 | Marten's Current Racing Diary

The Aintree 2018 Online Preview

This is to remind you that my Online Preview for Aintree will be available for subscribers to view on Wednesday evening 11th April.

As was the case last year this edition of the Preview is published in one part, covering the Grand National, the full programme of racing on Thursday and the key races and specific horses of interest for Friday and Saturday.

Last year’s Online Preview made a very substantial profit to level stakes thanks to Grand National winner One For Arthur 14/1 and Double W’s 8/1 (advised 9/1). There were also each-way placed recommendations including Traffic Fluide at 14/1.

This year I am already receiving news for a couple of the support races and have a few long-priced options for the big race itself.

You can get all this news and information by ordering the Online Preview in my shop at or by contacting Rebecca ( or by calling her on 01539 741007 (£15).

I wish you the best of luck for what promises to be a great meeting!

Hi there!

The 2018 Turf Flat season is limping into life, with just three meetings held to date and prospects looking bleak for the start of this week.

To a certain extent this comes as a relief, as my Dark Horses Annual is in the printing process and I don’t want horses from my select lists to run before it is published. I reckon that a few of the leading Flat trainers are not overly concerned either, with the bitter winds from the East cutting through Newmarket like a knife.

It will be interesting to see which trainers are the worst affected by the cold spring. One horse that does feature in my Premier List is Crossed Baton, who battled and stayed on well to concede 3lb to the 102-rated Tigre Du Terre in a 1m 2f novice stakes at Kempton on Saturday.

A strict line through this three-quarter length success has the winner running to a mark of around 107, but I expect this son of Dansili to do much better when he is stepped up to a mile and a half. He won what turned out to be a fair maiden last season and with a dam by Beat Hollow is bred to thrive over further.

It’s early says but I would not be remotely surprised to see him tackle a Derby trial and quite possibly even earn his place in the big race itself. Alternatively he could progress through to the St Leger, as he is sure to stay the trip on pedigree.

I have to say that I have never been as pleased with a Dark Horses Annual as I am this year. At 160 pages and over 30,000 words, it is by quite some way the biggest I have ever done – due to the quality and quantity of information that has come my way.

I am now busy working on Aintree, with the big meeting starting a week on Thursday. As you can see from the details above I will again be producing one edition, covering the Thursday, the Grand National and other key races over the three days. Last year made a substantial profit to level stakes thanks to One For Arthur 14/1 and Double W’s 8/1 (adv 9/1) together with some decent each-way recommendations (inc 14/1).

Please refer to the Online Shop if you wish to place an order.

Bye for now!