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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 … Continued

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 … 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

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. … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

Marten’s Perspective: Observations from Newmarket

Marten's Perspective | May 7th, 2013

It was good to be racing again at Newmarket after missing the Craven meeting last month. Unfortunately the heavens opened just as the horses were entering the paddock for the 2,000 Guineas, but Sunday was glorious for the most part … Continued

Marten’s Perspective: A vintage crop of Novices Hurdlers…..

Marten's Perspective | February 1st, 2013

When trainers of the calibre of Jonjo O’Neill, Willie Mullins, Nigel Twiston-Davies and the vastly experienced Oliver Sherwood say that they have “one of the most promising horses they have ever trained” then it’s time to sit up and take … Continued

Marten’s Perspective: The All-Weather Programme – A Cheater’s Charter?

Marten's Perspective | December 7th, 2012

For those of us unable to enjoy the delights of a short break in the West Indies there would, at first sight, appear to be little to sustain our interest from the UK racing programme in the early weeks of … Continued

Marten’s Perspective: Racing – an owner’s experience

Marten's Perspective | November 9th, 2012

The British Horseracing Authority recently published their ‘Fact Book’, which they believe provides ‘an invaluable and informative guide to some of the key numbers behind our great sport.’ The publication reveals that in the period up to the spring of … Continued

Marten’s Perspective: The Joy of Jumping

Marten's Perspective | October 12th, 2012

As I write this, on a Friday in mid-October, Carlisle is hosting their first jumps meeting of the season. As you may be aware I am based in the South Lakes, so Carlisle is just an hour up the road … Continued

Marten’s Perspective: Barney Curley – An Insight into ‘The Master’

Marten's Perspective | September 21st, 2012

Barney Curley is, in my view, by far and away the most intriguing man in racing. What is more, that has been the case for many years and certainly throughout my career. It is not widely known that Barney was … Continued

Marten’s Perspective: Notable Gambles

Marten's Perspective | September 14th, 2012

Last week I said I would bring to mind a few cases of touches landed by low-profile trainers which, on initial impressions, defied all logical explanation. There are not many examples which fall into this category. More often than not … Continued

Marten’s Perspective: Ways of landing a touch

Marten's Perspective | September 7th, 2012

It is generally assumed, especially among betting shop punters who are for the most part a cynical bunch, that if connections land a touch with a horse then there has, at some point, been some skulduggery along the way. This … Continued

Marten’s Perspective: Cheating: Commonplace or under control? (part 2)

Marten's Perspective | August 31st, 2012

Last week I concluded that cheating, as interpreted within the rules of racing, probably did happen but on relatively few occasions. What does seem likely is that the temptation to cheat for somebody professionally involved with a horse is strong … Continued

Marten’s Perspective: Cheating: Commonplace or under control? (part 1)

Marten's Perspective | August 24th, 2012

Back in the late 90s racehorse trainer Lynda Ramsden, her husband Jack and champion jockey Kieren Fallon won almost £200,000 from the Sporting Life in libel damages after the paper alleged that the three of them had ‘cheated’ the public … Continued

Perspective: The True Significance Of Market Fluctuations

Marten's Perspective | August 8th, 2012

We live in an age of conspiracy theories … did the men really land on the moon, or was it a studio set-up? – and racing has a fair share of them. John McCririck never fails to inform us, with … Continued

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