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The funny man who waved his arms about

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | July 16th, 2019

The sad passing of John McCririck will not have surprised anyone who saw him at the races recently. The weight had dropped off him, he sat quietly in the press room and one had the feeling that he was merely … Continued


Koeman worth another punt

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | July 6th, 2019

I tried hard to help David Ashforth with his Grab A Grand quest in the Racing Post. Indeed, I spent two or three hours on Tuesday’s Brighton Placepot and went very close, though one can over-analyse these things. True, only … Continued


PASSING OF A GENTLE MAN

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | June 25th, 2019

I shall always remember Royal Ascot week 2019. A seventh grandchild arrived on Wednesday morning and 24 hours later I attended the funeral of Terry Geoghan, who managed a betting office in Bath for 30 years and was very popular … Continued


Singing the blues? Never felt more like it

Ian Carnaby's Racing News Ian Carnaby's Sports News | June 13th, 2019

An excellent run was bound to come to an end and it did so down by the furlong pole at Salisbury on Tuesday. Having made the point in this space ten days ago that horses identified as poor value invariably … Continued


Royal Ascot Looms

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 13th, 2019

Hi there! Well what a contrast to last year, when we were enjoying record-breaking temperatures soaring into the high 30s! By contrast I am writing this soon after news that Uttoxeter and Haydock have been abandoned, with standing water at … Continued


Betty Grable still a star to some of us

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

I never really thought of 70 as a special landmark and maybe everything that’s happened is mere coincidence, though you’d have to say a pacemaker followed by the loss of work at both the Irish Field and the Racing Post … Continued


Ways of escape

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | May 21st, 2019

York was enjoyable, even if the punting left something to be desired. One or two long-held theories were put to the test and came up short, so there will have to be intense concentration over the coming weeks. Whilst I … Continued


The Epsom Classic Scene

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 13th, 2019

Hi there! As I write this, a few days before the Dante Stakes, the Derby market is dominated by colts trained by Aidan O’Brien. No fewer than four of the top eight horses quoted are trained at Ballydoyle, with Paddy … Continued


Time for a Toblerone?

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | May 10th, 2019

There was a moment at Punchestown when it looked as if a major betting treble had just escaped us. I retired from the Irish Field after 32 years as British correspondent, Ruby Walsh called it a day and then we … Continued


Punchestown Festival 2019

Ronan Groome's Racing News | April 28th, 2019

It’s hard to think of a more progressive jumps racing festival than that of the Punchestown Festival, a meeting that was on its knees no more than 16 years ago but is now heralded as a true season highlight on … Continued


Maid In India, Old Geezer in Hampstead

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 24th, 2019

And so the Baths and Brightons are back with us again. Only Punchestown left (together with the fervent hope that a miracle Placepot pays for everything, as it did in ‘volcanic ash’ year, 2010) before the familiar round of tricky … Continued


Miracle on 34th Street – or the A34

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

I have seen the sun come up over Sutton Scotney services. It was a long time ago and I don’t remember the exact circumstances but it was a beautiful morning and I remember shaving in the car. I dare say … Continued


Paul Day’s Preview of The Masters

Marten Julian's Guest Contributor News | April 8th, 2019

Hi there! Thursday sees the start of the The Masters. It is the only major that is played at the same venue every year, the iconic Augusta National Course. The grounds are always in pristine condition, no expense is spared … Continued


Time for a single payment at 50/1?

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 3rd, 2019

I approach the Randox Health Grand National meeting in good heart and good form. Southampton’s victory at Brighton probably means the continuation of Premier League football at St Mary’s, while Right Action’s victory at Doncaster on Sunday bolstered still further … Continued


How to download Online Previews

Rebecca's Spotlight | April 3rd, 2019

  If you would like to save a PDF on how to download an Online Preview Click Here Handy hint! You can click on any of the pictures to enlarge them When will I get access to an Online Preview? You … Continued


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


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