The Threat From Across The Water

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 28th, 2023

Hi there, The message is coming through load and clear that the home team will be struggling to keep the Irish at bay when Cheltenham starts in a fortnight’s time. We got an early indication of that in Saturday’s Adonis … Read More »

Why Shishkin Should Run In The Gold Cup

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 21st, 2023

Hi there, At last we had something to get our teeth into over the weekend, with two top-class performances from Shishkin and I Like To Move It. Starting with I Like To Move It, as many of you will be … Read More »

Course Records Tumble …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 14th, 2023

Hi there! I can’t believe that writing now, just a month before Cheltenham, I have found myself focusing on the low-grade all-weather racing in an effort to seek out something interesting to pass on to my subscribers. I actually quite … Read More »

The Dublin Festival Fallout

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 7th, 2023

Hi there! Willie Mullins duly had an impressive tally of eight winners over the two-day Dublin Racing Festival but a few of them took some finding and he had four short-priced reverses with Blue Lord at 1/4, Lossiemouth 1/3, Facile … Read More »

The Cheltenham Prospects

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 1st, 2023

Hi there! There was plenty on offer at Cheltenham on Saturday, even if a few of the results raised more questions than answers. I liked the way that Comfort Zone and Scriptwriter pulled clear of the third in the opening … Read More »

Galopin Des Champs

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

Hi there, We were a little bit short of action on the turf last week but we had a treat at Punchestown on Monday when current Gold Cup favourite Galopin Des Champs and top novice chaser Appreciate It turned up … Read More »

The fallout from last weekend

Marten's Current Racing Diary | December 8th, 2022

Hi there, There will be mixed feelings over the events that took place last weekend. Starting at Sandown on Saturday, I thought the 7/1 initially on offer about Edwardstone was on the generous side for the Tingle Creek Chase. Apparently … Read More »

Constitution Hill

Marten's Current Racing Diary | December 2nd, 2022

I just want to write a few words about Constitution Hill. I had suggested beforehand that the five-year-old, who had yet to race outside novice company, was too short at 1/4 to concede 7lbs to Epatante, the winner of six … Read More »

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 »

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