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Marten's Current Racing Diary Marten's Perspective | May 3rd, 2020

I am writing this on the weekend that I am usually at Newmarket for the Guineas meeting. The day when it was conceivable that three unbeaten colts – Pinatubo, Earthlight and Siskin, winners of 14 races between them, six at … Read More »

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 … Read More »

Like Tears In the Rain …

Marten's Perspective | December 7th, 2018

There have been many special moments in my life. I have been very lucky, first to have been part of them and second, perhaps more importantly, to have been receptive to them. I am sure there have been people around … Read More »

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 … Read More »

Marten’s Perspective: How Good A Judge Am I?

Marten's Perspective | November 3rd, 2015

Judging by the prices at the recent Tattersalls Yearling Sales, the days when you could pick up a bargain are now long gone. Many years ago I bought a yearling there by the then little-known sire Orchestra for just £1,000. … Read More »

Marten’s Perspective: Autumn Musings

Marten's Perspective | September 11th, 2015

Anyone who doubts the wondrous way nature works should sit back and ponder the seasons. Not just their variety and changeability, but their timing. For example I now find myself ready for autumn, just as in a couple of months … Read More »

Marten’s Perspective: The Cloudy Classic Picture

Marten's Perspective | April 21st, 2015

I cannot remember a more uncertain look to the Classic scene as we are facing this spring, with the markets dominated by horses that have protected their credentials by staying at home. For example, Gleneagles is now as short as … Read More »

Marten’s Perspective: Non-Triers or Gamesmanship?

Marten's Perspective | September 8th, 2014

I am always on the watch for a ‘touch’ even though, these days, it is much harder to engineer them than in past days. The stewards are quick to ask the trainer for an explanation if a horse shows a … Read More »

Marten’s Perspective: Opportunities For Backers

Marten's Perspective | December 6th, 2013

The bookmakers seem to be showing little signs of discernment in their response to the performances of this season’s leading Champion Hurdle contenders. The New One was cut from around 8/1 to 7/2 after beating Rock On Ruby by 10 … Read More »

Marten’s Perspective: The Autumn Season

Marten's Perspective | September 20th, 2013

I have to say that of all the seasons, autumn is probably my favourite. The winters can be long, hard and miserable – I know that all too well, living in the Lake District – but the racing programme in … Read More »

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