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A Few Pointers …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | January 7th, 2021

Hi there! One of the things I have always done is take a close look at the big-race entries when they are published. This is because it’s one of the few areas left where trainers have to declare their hand. … Read More »

Wightman’s Perfect Timing

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 5th, 2021

I don’t know at what age we can excuse ourselves up-to-date knowledge of modern terminology. In my case it’s fitting that ‘zeitgeist’ starts with a ‘z’ because I’ve reached the end of the line and can absorb no more. Mind … Read More »

A Look Ahead …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | January 5th, 2021

Hi there! I want to start by wishing you all a healthy and, I hope, successful 2021. Things are evidently going to get tougher before they get better, but racing offers a welcome distraction to the problems facing the nation … Read More »

The Way Ahead …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | December 10th, 2020

I am sure that I’m not alone in wishing good riddance to 2020. It must be said that the Covid has generally brought out the best in people, with a generosity of spirit shown at many levels. Yet when taking … Read More »

Rise and rise of the all weather

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | November 10th, 2020

I seldom dwell on isolated successes  –  too many setbacks for that  –  but I did find the last winner of the turf season, the 16/1 shot Zip at Doncaster, after the sort of intense analysis that justifies falling in … Read More »

Man Utd V Spurs Preview

Football | October 4th, 2020

This Sunday, Manchester United face Spurs in an empty Old Trafford. The teams last faced each other in each team’s first game after lockdown on the 19th of June, with the game ending 1-1 after Steven Bergwijn’s first half strike … Read More »

Tinkering with outright certainties – or are they?

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | September 25th, 2020

The other day I was trying to remember why Glastonbury reminded me of Coppermill Lad. I must have found a connection between the pair and thought about including it in a column, though how there can be any sort of … Read More »

This Is Getting Personal …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | September 21st, 2020

I have seen some clever touches landed in my time in racing, but in the majority of cases I have been able to account for them logically. For example take the case of a relatively well-rated horse, who was then … Read More »

Top Class Prospect at Leicester

Marten's Current Racing Diary | September 7th, 2020

Hi there! Sir Michael Stoute has introduced a few of his classier types at Leicester over the years – Dante Stakes runner-up Highest Ground made a successful debut there last September – and the early money for newcomer Star Seeking … Read More »

Wightman does the great man proud

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | September 5th, 2020

Of course, I spend more time than most people on the second division of Class 5 apprentice handicaps at Salisbury. Like my father before me, I like to spot up- -and-coming riders with a handy allowance making a fair mark … Read More »

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