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Oakley The Lad To Follow

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | March 20th, 2019

It becomes increasingly difficult to revisit old haunts. Bringing up a granddaughter for the past four years – Matilda leaves with our son James (her father) for Taiwan, where he has a teaching post, in July – means additional driving … Continued


Something Strange At Cheltenham …

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

Hi there! There is always something of a lull after the excitement and drama of Cheltenham and this year is no exception, with a pretty dire week of racing and nothing to look forward to until Aintree, which starts a … Continued


A Flaneur’s Festival

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | March 12th, 2019

And so the great meeting is nearly upon us. With some relief I attend on the first two days as an observer and occasional player, whereas in previous years I’ve worked pretty hard  –  not that I’m going to bore … Continued


Solihull – much closer than we think

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

Until Manchester United’s late winner on Saturday it looked like being a very good week. Of course, you have to keep 60,000 people happy and, as I set off for a walk at 2-2, unable to bear the tension and … Continued


Cheltenham 2019 – Important News Update!

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 1st, 2019

Hi there! Such has been the quality and quantity of informed content – already over 32,000 words – that I have received for this year’s Cheltenham Festival I have decided to publish my exclusive insights for the ten main handicaps … Continued


FAQS

Rebecca's Spotlight | February 24th, 2019

1. What’s the difference in the Cheltenham Book & Cheltenham Package The book is literally the book and no other publications. Marten will send you a brief text message each day of Cheltenham. The Package is a huge amount of information. … Continued


Hazel Hill looks fair value

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

For a few years I concentrated on one race at the Cheltenham festival – the Stayers’ or World Hurdle, as it was called for a while. I decided to take short prices about Inglis Drever and Big Buck’s in their … Continued


Congratulations to Marten: Cheltenham Anniversary

Rebecca's Spotlight | February 16th, 2019

I would like to say congratulations to Marten I bet when Marten started his business nearly 50 years ago and decided in 1979 to publish his first Cheltenham Bulletin Book he didn’t think he would still be self-publishing it 40 … Continued

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Near misses and doughnuts at Plumpton

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

I was wandering down Burgess Road in Southampton the other day, thinking about the long, hard winter of 1962-63. Racing was off for several weeks in the big freeze and one of the first winners when it resumed was Severn … Continued


The BHA Ruling

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 12th, 2019

Hi there, Although the news that racing can resume on Wednesday was very welcome the BHA’s ruling that no entries will be accepted from horses that have not been vaccinated in the previous six months may extend the period of … Continued


Not a bad innings, as they say

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | February 5th, 2019

I am not an obsessive reader of obituaries, although every now and then they inevitably touch on events from my past. Like a lot of people, I glance at the bottom of the article to see how long the subject … Continued


A Name To Note

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 3rd, 2019

Hi there! We are normally seeking out the mudlarks in the first week of February, especially in Ireland, but the ground for the second day of Leopardstown’s weekend festival was changed to good, with good to firm patches, on the … Continued


Cheltenham Trials Day

Stu Williams | January 29th, 2019

Cheltenham Trials Day Review 12.40 – JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (2m179y) Irish raider Fakir D’oudaries elevated himself to the head of the betting for the Triumph Hurdle with an impressive 13 lengths success in the hands of JJ Slevin. … Continued


Johnston well adrift when it comes to betting

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 26th, 2019

I endured a long delay on the rattler on Thursday. Someone had cut through an overhead cable in the Ealing area, so the train manager, the chap we used to call a guard, told us. As I was only going … Continued


Time to be getting along

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 19th, 2019

Whilst I do not have major bets over jumps – nor anywhere else compared with a former life – Pink Gin was the start of a good mini-run, backed up by Keeper Hill and, although the price was short, Elusive … Continued


When Will the Rain Return … ?

Marten's Current Racing Diary | January 17th, 2019

Hi there! I am struggling to come to terms with the word ‘firm’ appearing in going reports at a time when we are usually racing in hock-deep ground. In fairness to the clerks of the courses the reports from the … Continued


Racing Welfare: Black Friday Raffle

Rebecca's Spotlight | January 10th, 2019

Your Donation Receipt Dear Marten, On behalf of the Trustees of Racing Welfare I’d like to thank you for your generous donation of £1,200.00 towards the work undertaken by the charity in support of racing’s workforce. It is donations from … Continued


Stuart’s thoughts: Cheltenham Festival

Stu Williams | January 8th, 2019

Traditionally there are already three warm favourites for the Cheltenham Festival’s three Grade 1 novice hurdles by this stage of the season. However this year appears to be the exception. That said, Nicky Henderson has been flexing his muscles in … Continued


In Need of a Pink Gin

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 5th, 2019

I have experienced a few days which can only be described as ‘mixed’.  By and large, Christmas went well and it was good to see the Canadian branch of the family  –  my daughter Catherine, her husband and the four … Continued


Keeping records – too late in the day

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | December 29th, 2018

I trust you had a good Christmas and I wish you all the best in 2019. From a personal point of view I’d like to cut down on hospital visits if possible; a new hip and a pacemaker will do … Continued


The King George VI Chase

Stu Williams | December 26th, 2018

By Stu Williams Stu is an occasional contributor to our Weekend Card most recently writing in our Festive Bumper Edition. Here he shares his latest blog. Inaugurated in 1937, the King George VI Steeple Chase undoubtedly holds a special place … Continued


Global Citizen at his favourite place

Ian Carnaby's Racing News Ian Carnaby's Sports News | December 22nd, 2018

Well, whatever else happens this Christmas, Southampton’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal will live long in the memory. It was quite something, seeing my nine-year-old granddaughter standing up and waving cheerio to the visiting fans and I shall miss her if, … Continued


Welcoming Ronan Groome to the team

Rebecca's Spotlight | December 19th, 2018

I work for the Irish Field as a racing journalist. Ever since I went racing with my grandad at a young age I’ve been hooked. I studied Equine Business at college but missed a whole semester because I got an … Continued


Rhapsody In Blue – A million miles from Gershwin

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | December 15th, 2018

I was pleased when Ramses de Theillee won at Chepstow because it made for a profitable weekend, though I thought the 2/1 starting price very skinny. The veteran Alfie Spinner’s poor run as a saver recommendation dented the pick-up slightly but … Continued


Alfie Spinner no spent force at 13

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | December 8th, 2018

This has been a week of identifying short-priced favourites which still represented value if we acted soon enough. On Monday, the day of the Horserace Writers’ Lunch, Royal Claret had a clear chance in the mares’ three-mile handicap hurdle at … Continued


Like Tears In the Rain …

Marten's Perspective | December 7th, 2018

There have been many special moments in my life. I have been very lucky, first to have been part of them and second, perhaps more importantly, to have been receptive to them. I am sure there have been people around … Continued


Things my mother taught me

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | December 1st, 2018

Thank you to everyone for the good wishes during my stay in hospital. I now have a pacemaker, though the decision to go ahead was in the balance. Everything had improved during my time there, including the heart rate, though … Continued


First Assignment can step up

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | November 23rd, 2018

This will be a shorter message than most because I’m writing it in the Bristol Royal Infirmary as I await a pacemaker. I’d been staying on at one pace for some time, quite unable to pick up the leaders  –  … Continued


Black Friday Charity Raffle for Racing Welfare

Rebecca's Spotlight | November 23rd, 2018

Marten has always been keen to work with charities and make donations so I am always looking at what we can do to help. For some time now I have been keen to work with Racing Welfare and it’s been … Continued


Vado Forte not a hopeless case

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | November 16th, 2018

A hugely successful Friday at Cheltenham saw a record crowd of over 22,000 in attendance. NH racing has never known times like these and Cheltenham is at the forefront of its impressive growth. Sponsors are queueing up to be involved … Continued


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