Marten Julian Direct

About Us

Marten Julian, as a company, is committed to providing racing enthusiasts with renowned journalist Marten Julian’s thoughts.

Headed by Rebecca Julian-Dixon, our Business Development Manager, Marten Julian Direct is staffed by a small but ambitious cross-skilled team who handle administrative tasks, website maintenance and assist Marten.

Jodie Standing is Marten’s Racing Assistant and recently started training in the admin side of our business to assist Rebecca. She loves racing and we are sure our clients will love talking to her when placing orders.

Steve Dixon has been our Graphic Designer for nearly twenty years and also does the layout of our publications and online services.

Tasha and Hannah Julian (two of Marten’s daughters) work at our peak times ensuring we meet the deadlines we promise to our clients. They process orders, welcome new online clients and help dispatch services and advertising material.

We are thrilled to announce that Hannah was accepted onto the British Horseracing Authority’s Graduate Scheme and completed her placement this year at Cartmel racecourse.

Juliet keeps our financials on track and sometimes answers the phone when we are busy.

Jack works on editing our Podcasts which we make available on a regular basis and has recently started preparing animations for us explaining some of our services.

Lucy is our despatch assistant and helps in her school holidays and after school when we are really busy! She has a high attention to detail which Rebecca appreciates.

Ian Carnaby has been contributing to our publications for a long time now and offers a free to view blog on our website as well as offering his news and views on a daily telephone line.

Stu Williams is a well-known name to our Weekend Card readers and in December 2018 we welcome Ronan Groome as a contributor to our Weekend Card.

As a client-led company specialising in communication, we welcome your feedback – please send us your thoughts and suggestions on how we can improve our services. You can email

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About Marten

Marten Julian has been involved with horse racing for over forty years, founding the Professional Sporting Bureau – one of the country’s first independent racing advisory services – back in 1972 while studying at King’s College, London for a degree in theology.

Upon graduating, Marten was invited by the Sunday Times and their horse-racing feature writer Brough Scott to create a column which would looked ahead to the week’s forthcoming races. ‘Warm Up’, as the article became known, quickly attracted a strong following thanks to a steady stream of big-priced winners.

Marten soon acquired a reputation as a specialist in unraced and less-exposed horses and his first Dark Horses Annual, which focused on emerging talent in the equine world, was written in 1976. He has since produced hundreds of publications including the National Hunt Guide, a companion to Dark Horses, Bulletin Books and Weekend Cards, garnering praise from industry professionals and the racing public alike.

With the growth of the internet Marten now writes a regular blog on his website and distributes his work in a variety of formats while still publishing through more traditional means. This enables him to acquire new clients while still ensuring contact with his long-standing followers.

Marten has also been successfully involved with ownership since 1980, when he established the country’s first racing club, and acts for Dark Horse Racing as their consultant in racehorse acquisition and management. He has purchased the winners of over 50 races since that time – the majority acquired for relatively little money.

Marten has contributed to numerous specialist publications including the Racing Post and has worked in an advisory capacity in the film industry and on television. He is happily married and settled in the Lake District, where his interests include music and tennis.

Updated December 2016

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