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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


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

Goodbye to Ian’s sports blog

Ian Carnaby's Sports News Rebecca's Spotlight | September 5th, 2018

A fond farewell to the Sports Blog that Ian Carnaby has been writing for many years on I know he has a number of regular readers so we are sorry that it is no longer available but due to … Continued

You’re Hired so unlucky

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | August 24th, 2018

Just a few notes on horses owned by good friends of mine. I’ve written recently about Ray Greatorex’s Swiss Pride, who had a poor run through in the nursery at Goodwood on the Friday and took a few bumps and … Continued

Oakley Brown and Conor McGovern – watch carefully

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | August 22nd, 2018

Watching a couple of Henry Candy’s fillies run moderately this week I acknowledged that this has not been a great season for one of my favourite trainers. Also, with rain setting in at long last, stable star Limato is unlikely … Continued

Swiss pride for Big Ray

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | August 11th, 2018

It took me a little while to recover from Goodwood. Not that I over-indulge these days but there were several near misses and at least one major mistake on the betting front. All one can do is store up the … Continued

Goodwood and Galway – Avoid At All Costs!

Marten's Current Racing Diary | August 2nd, 2018

Hi there! The reason I loathe Goodwood as a medium for betting was perfectly illustrated yesterday, as it has been on many occasions before, when Lord Glitters left the impression that with a clear run he would have gone close … Continued

Telephone Lines

Rebecca's Spotlight | July 21st, 2018

I have previously written about telephone lines on here but this is an updated article. Many years ago Marten and I spoke about stopping our Premium Rate lines. We hate that clients are charged so much to hear a line. … Continued

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Lampard the man for Derby

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | July 21st, 2018

Having gone for Marin Cilic quite solidly in the Men’s Singles at Wimbledon I am not about to make any great claims regarding other selections. Still, if you went along with Angelique Kerber before the semi-finals you’ll have made a … Continued


Dettori only human at Ascot after all

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | July 21st, 2018

I was very pleased that Burnt Sugar won the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket last week, not merely because it meant a profitable weekend but also because it ended an irritating run of near misses. His SP of 7/1 was disappointing … Continued


Plan working well – send more money

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | July 12th, 2018

I have absolutely no doubt that the right move, betting-wise, when Belgium beat England 1-0, was to back England outright with a view to saving on the day of the World Cup Final. But right moves don’t always pay off … Continued

Blakeney Point for the Ebor?

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

A run of near misses has to end sometime, of course, and in my case it may happen with Century Dream at Ascot on Saturday, not that he will be a great price. Most of the way up the straight … Continued

How to guide for the Weekend Card

Rebecca's Spotlight | July 4th, 2018

  Following the launch of our new shop and My Account area, we have received a number of enquiries. I appreciate that if someone didn’t have a subscription when our site went live it could be confusing! There is a … Continued

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Weaker half helps England

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | July 3rd, 2018

The first bet in the World Cup came up when England ran riot against Panama and took their goal tally to eight overall, not bad as we needed only seven in their Group G matches to justify a bet at … Continued

Island Brave worth noting

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

I don’t know that I shall ever understand what goes on in certain markets and I sit here stunned by the 10/1 about Born To Boogie in the opener at Brighton on Tuesday. Although she clearly needed a seventh furling … Continued

A Short Time Away

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

Hi there,   I am away south for a fortnight to cover a few meetings, stable visits and a day or two at Wimbledon. I look forward to getting back to you soon after my return.   Bye for now … Continued

Second Step to frank the form

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

It was not a successful Royal Ascot for me, though I thought it a marvellous meeting. Looking back now, backing Wild Illusion in the Ribblesdale was a mistake. (I separate ‘mistakes’ from ‘losers’ because one category, mistakes, can be avoided, … Continued

Goal spree nets a profit

Ian Carnaby's Sports News | June 27th, 2018

The first bet in the World Cup came up when England ran riot against Conference South-class Panama and took their goal tally to eight overall, not bad as we needed only seven in their Group G matches to justify a … Continued

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