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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


More Observations From Carlisle

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 11th, 2018

Hi there! The jump meetings at Carlisle are always in a different class to their Flat programme and the early meetings this autumn have, in my view, taken a further step up in grade. I brought a handful of horses … Continued


King’s Odyssey best first time up

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | November 10th, 2018

It’s been a quiet week on the punting and other fronts but this Saturday will be busier, with some good racing followed by the annual school reunion/Remembrance dinner in Southampton. I act as MC on these occasions and you will … Continued


Black Corton For The Top Man

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | November 3rd, 2018

Many years ago – more than half a century anyway – I was a regular at Portsmouth greyhounds. Target Road, Tipner every Friday night and when my friends, one of whom had a car, tired of it I used to … Continued


A future star appears at Newcastle

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 1st, 2018

Hi there! We know from past evidence, notably in the case of Enable, that we should not underestimate Newcastle two-year-old maiden race form and I expect by next spring we may be looking back at the race this evening won … Continued


Musings From Carlisle

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 29th, 2018

Hi there The fields for the jumps cards have generally held up quite well despite the absence of much needed rain. There have been exceptions in the west of the country – Wincanton on Sunday and Exeter before that – … Continued


Capton overdue now

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 27th, 2018

There comes a time to switch over to the jumps and I’m bound to say the moment is imminent. Favourites won the first four races at Cheltenham on Friday while Bernardo O’Reilly was one of several surprises on the Flat. … Continued


Our eco credentials

Rebecca's Spotlight | October 26th, 2018

This page is being updated as I research the products we use. Weekend Card The publication we produce in-house that uses the most paper is our Weekend Card. We offer it in an e-format which of course has great eco credentials. … Continued


AW form line hints at Via Via

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

Overall, one should not complain. Low Sun won the Cesarewitch at 10/1 and Major Jumbo at 12s was an excellent winner on the line. However, there were a couple of disappointments as well, including Smokey Lane at Goodwood and Fire … Continued


Rain to help Smokey Lane

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 12th, 2018

Projection made it a profitable weekend and did well to beat Dream Of Dreams in soft ground at Ascot. He is a funny horse and needed to be driven right out after travelling very easily for most of the way. … Continued


Research into equine vision to improve safety in jump racing

Rebecca's Spotlight | October 10th, 2018

I didn’t plan to write a blog today but my schedule was interrupted by an email from the BHA in connection with some new scientific research. It grabbed my attention as in our office we’ve been talking a lot about … Continued

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One more chance for Projection

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | October 6th, 2018

I admit to a certain bias where Roger Charlton and Henry Candy are concerned and I smiled to myself on Friday morning when I saw Blue Surf and Ortiz both entered for the one-mile conditions race at Ascot. Both trainers … Continued


Forgive (but not quite forget) may be best

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | September 30th, 2018

There comes a time to acknowledge when time is against us. Or against me, anyway. When Compton Hellyer, a very astute businessman, was building up Sporting Index, he asked me whether I was showing an interest in exchange betting. I … Continued


Missed Opportunities

Marten's Perspective | September 24th, 2018

Someone once said, towards the end of their life, that their biggest regret was over the things they hadn’t done rather than those they had. Never has this seemed more apt than as I write. A very good friend of … Continued


Lessons from a fascinating week

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

Another Carnaby selling race has come and gone. I admit it’s like entering another world  –  Brighton, the town as well as the racecourse, is a bit like that anyway  –  and now it’s time to readjust. This was the … Continued


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