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Cheltenham Reflections

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 18th, 2019

Hi there! They did well to get racing on at Cheltenham over the weekend given the waterlogged state of the track on Friday. A few years ago the meeting would have been lost, but the drainage on racecourses has improved … Continued


More questions that answers? Yes, probably

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | November 13th, 2019

It was a pity rain ruled out the final Doncaster meeting of the season and with it the November Handicap. It will always be the Manchester November Handicap to me, ever since Operatic Society dislodged Ken Gethin at the start, … Continued


Champ – Still Looking Good!

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 7th, 2019

Hi there! Champ won what I think we can all agree was the best beginners’ chase of the season so far when beating the talented Dashel Drasher by three and a half lengths at Newbury this afternoon. His jumping was … Continued


Nine again for man in the rain

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 30th, 2019

I suppose there has to come a time, maybe at 70 or possibly 71, when you wonder what you’re doing. After all, the game was on television, the rain fell steadily, then furiously as the nine goals went in and … Continued


If I were Sheikh Mohammed …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 22nd, 2019

Hi there If I were Sheikh Mohammed there would have been a lot of things I would have done differently. One thing would have been to delegate more and not interfere. Without trust you cannot delegate wholly and in my … Continued


Beer with the boys – Memories with Mathieu

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 21st, 2019

My good friend George Materna  – successful businessman, great Goodwood supporter and joint-owner of Open Wide, who finished runner-up in the Stewards’ Cup this year  –  was recently in hospital to have a new hip fitted. I have been through … Continued


A Few Thoughts …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 11th, 2019

Hi there I was very taken with the attitude Thyme Hill displayed in his three runs last season, as much in defeat as in victory, and it was that tenacity that stood him in good stead on his hurdling debut … Continued


It’s Arc Weekend

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 4th, 2019

Hi there It’s Arc weekend and plenty has been written about Enable, with the Racing Post’s well-respected judge Paul Kealy putting forward some sound reasons why the favourite “won’t be beaten.” If that were the case, with his assertion that … Continued


Who pays the ferryman? That would be me, many years ago

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 1st, 2019

‘Oh the Woolston Ferry, it doesn’t travel very fast. It was never built for comfort, it was built to last’. Which it did, for 141 years, and Lowry painted it, but then they built the Itchen Bridge and that was … Continued


Losing sequences no bar to ultimate satisfaction

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | September 23rd, 2019

I suppose we’ve all been in the game too long and love it too much to take all that much satisfaction from leaving certain races alone. On the other hand, it’s quite a while since I attempted to unravel the … Continued


Time to apply logic to the daily task

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | September 7th, 2019

Another Carnaby seller has come and gone and it takes a while to get back into any sort of groove. This is a strange thing to admit, I suppose, because the race itself is hardly likely to linger in anyone’s … Continued


Out Of Kilter …

Marten's Perspective | September 5th, 2019

Hi there! I have said before that to succeed at racing, be it as a trainer, jockey or punter, you need to be focused to an almost obsessional degree. To use contemporary jargon there has to be almost an OCD … Continued


Piggott and Sturdy – quiet communicators

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | August 23rd, 2019

I suppose this will be the last racing week I attend for a while. When work comes to an end, as it surely must at 70, the thought occurs that there will need to be quite a lot of winners … Continued


With a song in my heart

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | August 13th, 2019

I sit in the middle of a good run. At least, I hope it’s the middle and not the end, Koeman having finished a fair fourth in the Shergar Cup  –  a near miss but no cigar, not that I’d … Continued


Dobbs the unsung hero

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | July 30th, 2019

Having named the first two in the Bunbury Cup (but the wrong way round) and the first and third in the Moet & Chandon International at Ascot (without showing a profit), I may be going through a difficult phase at … Continued


What An Epic

Marten's Current Racing Diary | July 28th, 2019

Hi there Yesterday’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes turned into the epic battle everyone was hoping for. The ‘right’ horses filled the frame, with the admirably gutsy Salouen finishing a highly creditable fourth. However it was the … Continued


The funny man who waved his arms about

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | July 16th, 2019

The sad passing of John McCririck will not have surprised anyone who saw him at the races recently. The weight had dropped off him, he sat quietly in the press room and one had the feeling that he was merely … Continued


Koeman worth another punt

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | July 6th, 2019

I tried hard to help David Ashforth with his Grab A Grand quest in the Racing Post. Indeed, I spent two or three hours on Tuesday’s Brighton Placepot and went very close, though one can over-analyse these things. True, only … Continued


PASSING OF A GENTLE MAN

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | June 25th, 2019

I shall always remember Royal Ascot week 2019. A seventh grandchild arrived on Wednesday morning and 24 hours later I attended the funeral of Terry Geoghan, who managed a betting office in Bath for 30 years and was very popular … Continued


Singing the blues? Never felt more like it

Ian Carnaby's Racing News Ian Carnaby's Sports News | June 13th, 2019

An excellent run was bound to come to an end and it did so down by the furlong pole at Salisbury on Tuesday. Having made the point in this space ten days ago that horses identified as poor value invariably … Continued


Royal Ascot Looms

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 13th, 2019

Hi there! Well what a contrast to last year, when we were enjoying record-breaking temperatures soaring into the high 30s! By contrast I am writing this soon after news that Uttoxeter and Haydock have been abandoned, with standing water at … Continued


Betty Grable still a star to some of us

Ian Carnaby's Racing News Ian Carnaby's Sports News | June 4th, 2019

I never really thought of 70 as a special landmark and maybe everything that’s happened is mere coincidence, though you’d have to say a pacemaker followed by the loss of work at both the Irish Field and the Racing Post … Continued


Ways of escape

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | May 21st, 2019

York was enjoyable, even if the punting left something to be desired. One or two long-held theories were put to the test and came up short, so there will have to be intense concentration over the coming weeks. Whilst I … Continued


The Epsom Classic Scene

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 13th, 2019

Hi there! As I write this, a few days before the Dante Stakes, the Derby market is dominated by colts trained by Aidan O’Brien. No fewer than four of the top eight horses quoted are trained at Ballydoyle, with Paddy … Continued


Time for a Toblerone?

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | May 10th, 2019

There was a moment at Punchestown when it looked as if a major betting treble had just escaped us. I retired from the Irish Field after 32 years as British correspondent, Ruby Walsh called it a day and then we … Continued


Punchestown Festival 2019

Ronan Groome's Racing News | April 28th, 2019

It’s hard to think of a more progressive jumps racing festival than that of the Punchestown Festival, a meeting that was on its knees no more than 16 years ago but is now heralded as a true season highlight on … Continued


Maid In India, Old Geezer in Hampstead

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 24th, 2019

And so the Baths and Brightons are back with us again. Only Punchestown left (together with the fervent hope that a miracle Placepot pays for everything, as it did in ‘volcanic ash’ year, 2010) before the familiar round of tricky … Continued


Miracle on 34th Street – or the A34

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 15th, 2019

I have seen the sun come up over Sutton Scotney services. It was a long time ago and I don’t remember the exact circumstances but it was a beautiful morning and I remember shaving in the car. I dare say … Continued


Paul Day’s Preview of The Masters

Marten Julian's Guest Contributor News | April 8th, 2019

Hi there! Thursday sees the start of the The Masters. It is the only major that is played at the same venue every year, the iconic Augusta National Course. The grounds are always in pristine condition, no expense is spared … Continued


Time for a single payment at 50/1?

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 3rd, 2019

I approach the Randox Health Grand National meeting in good heart and good form. Southampton’s victory at Brighton probably means the continuation of Premier League football at St Mary’s, while Right Action’s victory at Doncaster on Sunday bolstered still further … Continued


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