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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 »

Day One of Cheltenham

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 10th, 2020

Tuesday 10 March 2020 Shishkin must be something special to have overcome the problems he encountered before getting up close home to beat the well-fancied Abracadabras in today’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. He was short of room at the top of … Read More »

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, … Read More »

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 … Read More »

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 … Read More »

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