Busy Times Ahead

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 4th, 2022

Hi there! It was good to see Bravemansgame back to something close to his best in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday. The seven-year-old won his first four chases last season before ending the campaign finishing last of … Read More »

Mick Channon’s Retirement

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 4th, 2022

Hi there! I was saddened, but not surprised, to read that Mick Channon has decided to bring to an end his 33-year training career at the close of this season. Our paths met fleetingly many years ago, when he first … Read More »

Reflections on the Arc

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 4th, 2022

Hi there! Few results could have given the visiting racegoers to Paris on Sunday greater pleasure than the victory of Alpinista in Europe’s greatest race. Although she had sound claims on the book – having won five consecutive Group 1 … Read More »

Baaeed – The Big Debate

Marten's Current Racing Diary | August 26th, 2022

Hi there! I’m not sure how the Racing Post would be filling its pages at the moment were it not for the existence of Baaeed. He is an exceptionally talented horse but I think to compare him to other great … Read More »

Did We See The Arc Winner?

Marten's Current Racing Diary | July 5th, 2022

Hi there! The Coral-Eclipse stole the headlines this weekend but I want to start by passing on a few thoughts about the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud that took place yesterday. Few trainers are as familiar with the programme book as … Read More »

Take Care Frankie …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 23rd, 2022

If ever you wanted to see an example of the importance of confidence in a sportsman, then all you need to do is look back at the week Frankie Dettori had at Royal Ascot. It has been well known for … Read More »

The Cost of Congestion …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 17th, 2022

Hi there, No, I’m not boasting. Just a quiet whinge that in the maelstrom of the congested Programme Book this 12/1 gem, hidden away in the last race at Goodwood this evening, slipped through the net. Yes, I have Horse … Read More »

Westover – One That Got Away?

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 6th, 2022

Hi there, I’m not sure what many of us would have made of Saturday’s Derby if runner-up Hoo Ya Mal had won the race at 150/1. One of trainer Andrew Balding’s reasons for running the colt was that he had … Read More »

Bay Bridge

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 27th, 2022

Hi there, Some of you will be aware that I have expressed great enthusiasm in my publications for the prospects of Bay Bridge this season, but for all that I was surprised by the change of gear he unleashed to … Read More »

A Trainer To Note

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 24th, 2022

Hi there, I have a great deal of respect for David Menuisier. He places his horses extremely well and talks eloquently and with insight about their prospects or achievements. It will be interesting to see how he gets on with … Read More »

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