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Our Cheltenham Plans …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | January 31st, 2021

With less than six weeks to go before the start of Cheltenham we decided on the allocation of the Bulletin Book essays a few days ago. Many years back I wrote most of the 30,000-plus words myself, working for five … Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

York Prospects

Marten's Current Racing Diary | August 17th, 2020

Hi there! The all-important subject of the weather comes up this week, with random thunderstorms and heavy rain forecast for various parts of the country, with York a possible target on Wednesday. I see that the ground there is currently … Read More »

An old-fashioned touch …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | August 11th, 2020

Hi there, As a general rule you don’t see market moves of any great intensity these days but there was a right old touch landed at Catterick last week, when Cormier was backed in the minutes before the off from … Read More »

Derby & Oaks

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 24th, 2020

Hi there, As you will be fully aware the 2020 Investec Derby and Oaks take place at Epsom on Saturday 4th July behind closed doors. The afternoon programme consists of the Woodcote Stakes (1.50), the Listed Surrey Stakes (2.25), the … Read More »

A new perspective perhaps?

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 »

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