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 »

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 »

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