Another National winner? I can do that!

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | April 10th, 2024

For a while Miss Alligator did her level best to earn a special place in the history books but an honourable sixth in the !949 Musidora Stakes at York was never going to be enough. Three years later she was … Read More »

Aintree 2024

Publication News | April 6th, 2024

Hi there! As you are well aware the Grand National meeting at Aintree starts on Thursday 11 April and with rain forecast for the first three days of the week the ground is expected to be soft, if not heavy … Read More »

The Challenges We Face

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 26th, 2024

Hi there! The Irish domination of our showpiece meeting at Cheltenham is likely to become one of the main topics of conversation again as we approach the Grand National a fortnight on Saturday, with just five of the 34 sure … Read More »

A Great Loss

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 21st, 2024

Hi there, I have to start this piece on a sad note. As some of you may be aware, I was blessed to count Steve Harley as a friend for over forty years, so news of his illness and then … Read More »

Come Up And See Me……..Make Me Smile!

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | March 20th, 2024

Ask me to name a handful of famous sculptors and until recently I’d probably have fallen about four short. Auguste Rodin rescued me and that was long before the equine version landed last year’s Epsom Derby. Rodin’s most famous work … Read More »


Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 27th, 2024

Hi there, This week, away from the political scene, the weights for the nine handicaps at Cheltenham are published. As you may know I always like to dig out the plots for these races … Sire Du Berlais was a … Read More »

A Handsome Sailor gone too soon

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | February 15th, 2024

Cambridge came and went too soon. I see that now and foolishly think of going back, even at this late stage, to write a thesis on some aspect of Marcel Proust’s oeuvre that others have missed. Three years half a … Read More »

A Tragic Loss

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 8th, 2024

Hi there! I was going to start this piece with an expression of my disappointment in the aftermath of the weekend’s action at Leopardstown but the news of the tragic death of 25-year-old Keagan Kirkby, who has been part of … Read More »

Chubby rides The Carousel – with a little help from his friends

Ian Carnaby's Racing News | January 10th, 2024

For quite a long time I couldn’t work out why Charles Benson entered my thoughts as often as he did. He’s been gone for several years and it wasn’t as if we had a great deal in common, though we … Read More »

Cheltenham Musings

Marten's Current Racing Diary | January 5th, 2024

Hi there! May I start by wishing you all a very healthy and successful 2024. Many people around the world will be keen to see the back of 2023, especially from a political and ecological perspective, but racing – famously … Read More »

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