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Somewhere beyond the sea – compensation for Archie

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | February 16th, 2020

I think it fair to say that Archie has never quite recovered from Benie Des Dieux’s last-flight fall at Cheltenham just under a year ago. Passing thoughts can reap a bitter harvest. He yields to no-one in his admiration for … Continued


Who should be England’s No.1 at the EURO 2020?

Football | February 16th, 2020

Euro 2020 is approaching and England fans will be hoping the three lions can end the trophy drought dating back to the World Cup success on home soil in 1966. The amount of young English talent coming through is incredible … Continued


Cheltenham Is Unique …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 3rd, 2020

Hi there! Cheltenham remains a law unto itself. Come rain or shine, there have been Festivals when some results simply defy all logic. It’s certainly reasonable for pundits, myself included, to refer back to the evidence of the form book, … Continued


Life is sweet at the King’s Head in Bledington

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 30th, 2020

Well, an interesting few days with a couple of low-grade winners but a blank day at Cheltenham. I think the number of years I spent working at the festival  –  interviews for the crowd (the present chap does an excellent … Continued


Ethan Laird

Football | January 19th, 2020

Ethan Laird, age 18, is one of the many exciting youth players coming through the Manchester United youth system. Laird preferably operates at Right Back and with his pace and composure he’s a great asset going forward. Always involved in … Continued


Go tell it on the mountain – just like Pat

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 15th, 2020

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN  –  JUST LIKE PAT I admit to finding this NH season a little disappointing so far. This is mostly because of the wet weather, abandonments and far too many races being run on heavy … Continued


January 2020 Newsletter Highlights

Newsletter | January 15th, 2020

Please find below some of the highlights from our latest newsletter. To receive it in full each month please register here I need to start by wishing you all a very happy, peaceful and successful 2020! The last 12 months … Continued


Aston Villa V Manchester City

Football | January 12th, 2020

 Aston Villa V Manchester City Aston Villa face Manchester City this Sunday with both teams in interesting positions. Manchester City have began to find a bit of form, having won four games on the bounce, but at the same time … Continued


URTHEONETHATIWANT…….OH YES INDEED

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 3rd, 2020

It can only go down as a quiet Christmas at this end, though 2019 ended with a minor celebration as Urtheonethatiwant defied a 7lb increase at Warwick, having won a long-distance handicap hurdle at Ludlow the time before. As someone … Continued


Yuletide Expectations …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | December 20th, 2019

Hi there! With heavy ground now general around the country it’s far from certain we will get a clear run of meetings over the next 10 days. There is an 8.00am inspection at Ascot tomorrow (Saturday) while the conditions at … Continued


Garnering a little praise

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

I made the effort to watch The Long Summer of George Adams a couple of days ago. The dvd is not readily available now and I wanted to watch James Garner once more before sending my copy to a fellow … Continued


Keeping on at one pace

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | December 4th, 2019

There is no doubt that things have been a little too hectic of late. More London trips than usual, meetings with friends who have their share of problems, a ray of hope on the Southampton FC front, an HWPA lunch … Continued


The Postscript: A reminder

Rebecca's Spotlight | November 23rd, 2019

I thought a little reminder about our fantastic Postscript Service was about due. As regular blog readers will know I am all about trying new ideas and offering a better service to our clients and utilising technology as much as … Continued


Ascot Reflections

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

Hi there, Angels Breath beat his three rivals at Ascot this afternoon in one of the best novices chases of the season, jumping well to defeat First Flow by eight lengths. The winner’s stable companion Birchdale could never really go … Continued


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


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