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Cheltenham Is Unique …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 3rd, 2020

Hi there! Cheltenham remains a law unto itself. Come rain or shine, there have been Festivals when some results simply defy all logic. It’s certainly reasonable for pundits, myself included, to refer back to the evidence of the form book, … Continued

Yuletide Expectations …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | December 20th, 2019

Hi there! With heavy ground now general around the country it’s far from certain we will get a clear run of meetings over the next 10 days. There is an 8.00am inspection at Ascot tomorrow (Saturday) while the conditions at … Continued

Ascot Reflections

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 22nd, 2019

Hi there, Angels Breath beat his three rivals at Ascot this afternoon in one of the best novices chases of the season, jumping well to defeat First Flow by eight lengths. The winner’s stable companion Birchdale could never really go … Continued

Cheltenham Reflections

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 18th, 2019

Hi there! They did well to get racing on at Cheltenham over the weekend given the waterlogged state of the track on Friday. A few years ago the meeting would have been lost, but the drainage on racecourses has improved … Continued

Champ – Still Looking Good!

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 7th, 2019

Hi there! Champ won what I think we can all agree was the best beginners’ chase of the season so far when beating the talented Dashel Drasher by three and a half lengths at Newbury this afternoon. His jumping was … Continued

If I were Sheikh Mohammed …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 22nd, 2019

Hi there If I were Sheikh Mohammed there would have been a lot of things I would have done differently. One thing would have been to delegate more and not interfere. Without trust you cannot delegate wholly and in my … Continued

A Few Thoughts …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 11th, 2019

Hi there I was very taken with the attitude Thyme Hill displayed in his three runs last season, as much in defeat as in victory, and it was that tenacity that stood him in good stead on his hurdling debut … Continued

It’s Arc Weekend

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 4th, 2019

Hi there It’s Arc weekend and plenty has been written about Enable, with the Racing Post’s well-respected judge Paul Kealy putting forward some sound reasons why the favourite “won’t be beaten.” If that were the case, with his assertion that … Continued

What An Epic

Marten's Current Racing Diary | July 28th, 2019

Hi there Yesterday’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes turned into the epic battle everyone was hoping for. The ‘right’ horses filled the frame, with the admirably gutsy Salouen finishing a highly creditable fourth. However it was the … Continued

Royal Ascot Looms

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 13th, 2019

Hi there! Well what a contrast to last year, when we were enjoying record-breaking temperatures soaring into the high 30s! By contrast I am writing this soon after news that Uttoxeter and Haydock have been abandoned, with standing water at … Continued

The Epsom Classic Scene

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 13th, 2019

Hi there! As I write this, a few days before the Dante Stakes, the Derby market is dominated by colts trained by Aidan O’Brien. No fewer than four of the top eight horses quoted are trained at Ballydoyle, with Paddy … Continued

Something Strange At Cheltenham …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 18th, 2019

Hi there! There is always something of a lull after the excitement and drama of Cheltenham and this year is no exception, with a pretty dire week of racing and nothing to look forward to until Aintree, which starts a … Continued

Cheltenham 2019 – Important News Update!

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 1st, 2019

Hi there! Such has been the quality and quantity of informed content – already over 32,000 words – that I have received for this year’s Cheltenham Festival I have decided to publish my exclusive insights for the ten main handicaps … Continued

The BHA Ruling

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 12th, 2019

Hi there, Although the news that racing can resume on Wednesday was very welcome the BHA’s ruling that no entries will be accepted from horses that have not been vaccinated in the previous six months may extend the period of … Continued

A Name To Note

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 3rd, 2019

Hi there! We are normally seeking out the mudlarks in the first week of February, especially in Ireland, but the ground for the second day of Leopardstown’s weekend festival was changed to good, with good to firm patches, on the … Continued

When Will the Rain Return … ?

Marten's Current Racing Diary | January 17th, 2019

Hi there! I am struggling to come to terms with the word ‘firm’ appearing in going reports at a time when we are usually racing in hock-deep ground. In fairness to the clerks of the courses the reports from the … Continued

More Observations From Carlisle

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 11th, 2018

Hi there! The jump meetings at Carlisle are always in a different class to their Flat programme and the early meetings this autumn have, in my view, taken a further step up in grade. I brought a handful of horses … Continued

A future star appears at Newcastle

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 1st, 2018

Hi there! We know from past evidence, notably in the case of Enable, that we should not underestimate Newcastle two-year-old maiden race form and I expect by next spring we may be looking back at the race this evening won … Continued

Musings From Carlisle

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 29th, 2018

Hi there The fields for the jumps cards have generally held up quite well despite the absence of much needed rain. There have been exceptions in the west of the country – Wincanton on Sunday and Exeter before that – … Continued

Goodwood and Galway – Avoid At All Costs!

Marten's Current Racing Diary | August 2nd, 2018

Hi there! The reason I loathe Goodwood as a medium for betting was perfectly illustrated yesterday, as it has been on many occasions before, when Lord Glitters left the impression that with a clear run he would have gone close … Continued

A Short Time Away

Marten's Current Racing Diary | July 1st, 2018

Hi there,   I am away south for a fortnight to cover a few meetings, stable visits and a day or two at Wimbledon. I look forward to getting back to you soon after my return.   Bye for now … Continued

Royal Ascot Approaches …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 14th, 2018

Hi there! It’s only a few days to go before the start of the 2018 Royal Ascot festival and, after a challenging spell, things are starting to take shape in my mind. One of the hardest things to account for … Continued

The Derby Retrospective

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 4th, 2018

Hi there! Ok – I readily admit that I got the Derby totally wrong this year. It’s a race that has served me well over the last four decades or so, but to my cost I never gave the winner … Continued

Epsom Derby & Oaks Services

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 23rd, 2018

The Epsom Derby & Oaks Online Preview Hi there! Epsom may not be to everyone’s taste but for me it has been a triumph over the years, yielding a profit to level stakes for the Online Preview every season. This … Continued

The Epsom Picture

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 15th, 2018

Hi there! Things went quite well at Newmarket, with my pick of the outsiders Billesdon Brook landing the 1,000 Guineas. What this filly did to win a nursery at Goodwood last season from a mark of 87 was remarkable, and … Continued

Newmarket Guineas Weekend …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | April 30th, 2018

Hi there! The five-day entries for Newmarket’s Guineas meeting appeared today and the biggest shock is the absence of September’s name from the 1,000 Guineas. There had been little said by Aidan O’Brien about the filly this spring – often … Continued

Classic Clues …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | April 23rd, 2018

Hi there, The main trials for the Newmarket Classics were run last week, with perhaps more negative than positive clues emerging from them. It has all been about Charlie Appleby in the opening weeks of the season – with Godolphin’s … Continued

Aintree Reflections

Marten's Current Racing Diary | April 16th, 2018

Hi there! I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Aintree even though the damp and cold conditions on the first couple of days meant the horses had their rugs on until they left the paddock. Ms Parfois must now take rank … Continued

Looking forward to Aintree …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | April 2nd, 2018

The Aintree 2018 Online Preview This is to remind you that my Online Preview for Aintree will be available for subscribers to view on Wednesday evening 11th April. As was the case last year this edition of the Preview is … Continued

Cheltenham Reflections …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 18th, 2018

Hi there! The first thing to say is that I expect Cheltenham’s clerk of the course Simon Claisse is sleeping more easily after what must have been a very stressful few weeks leading up to the Festival. There is obviously … Continued

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