Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 27th, 2024

Hi there, This week, away from the political scene, the weights for the nine handicaps at Cheltenham are published. As you may know I always like to dig out the plots for these races … Sire Du Berlais was a … Read More »

A Tragic Loss

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 8th, 2024

Hi there! I was going to start this piece with an expression of my disappointment in the aftermath of the weekend’s action at Leopardstown but the news of the tragic death of 25-year-old Keagan Kirkby, who has been part of … Read More »

Cheltenham Musings

Marten's Current Racing Diary | January 5th, 2024

Hi there! May I start by wishing you all a very healthy and successful 2024. Many people around the world will be keen to see the back of 2023, especially from a political and ecological perspective, but racing – famously … Read More »

An enigma …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 16th, 2023

Hi there! If ever I were asked to nominate just one golden rule for betting, and believe me I have dwelt on this long into the wee small hours, then it would be to follow a yard in form and, … Read More »

City Of Troy

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 17th, 2023

Hi there, Well you don’t need me to tell you that the big talking point over the weekend was the performance of City Of Troy in the Dewhurst Stakes, with plenty of discussion afterwards about the relative merits of the … Read More »

A Busy Weekend

Marten's Current Racing Diary | September 12th, 2023

Hi there! With Arc trials at Longchamp on Sunday and Group 1 action in Ireland you could be forgiven for overlooking the victory of Bay Bridge in the September Stakes at Kempton on Saturday. With a BHA rating of 121 … Read More »

Ponderings from the Weekend

Marten's Current Racing Diary | July 4th, 2023

Hi there, Before I pass on my thoughts about the Irish Derby I want to bring to your notice the victory of Manxman in the opening extended 1m 3f 0-55 apprentice handicap at Windsor on Saturday. I would not blame … Read More »

The Fallout from Epsom

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

Hi there, After all the debate and discussion about the possible ramifications of this year’s Derby it ended up going to the old firm across the water and the long-term winter favourite. Auguste Rodin gave Aidan O’Brien his ninth winner … Read More »

The Epsom Conundrum

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 25th, 2023

Hi there! Given the open shape of the market before the Dante Stakes at York last Thursday – they ended up 9/2 the field – there was always the prospect of the race adding little clarity to an already opaque … Read More »

It’s All Kicking Off …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | April 18th, 2023

Hi there! Well no sooner have we had three days at Aintree, culminating in Saturday’s Grand National, than the Craven meeting starts at Newmarket today and it’s then just three weeks before we’re back there for the Guineas meeting. It’s … Read More »

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