The Coral-Eclipse Plans

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 13th, 2024

Hi there! It came as no surprise to learn over the weekend that City Of Troy will be aimed at the Coral-Eclipse rather than the Irish Derby. Group 1 form over ten furlongs is always favoured over mile and a … Read More »

The Derby Picture

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 17th, 2024

Hi there, I’m not sure that the Derby picture is any clearer now, following the weekend trials at Lingfield and Leopardstown, than it was a week ago. Those of us of a certain age like to try to find a … Read More »

The Spirit of Adventure

Marten's Current Racing Diary | April 18th, 2024

Hi there! I’m pretty sure that the powers that be will have breathed a collective sigh of relief when 21 of the 32 starters in the Grand National came home, with no fallers and just two horses – Mac Tottie … Read More »

The Challenges We Face

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 26th, 2024

Hi there! The Irish domination of our showpiece meeting at Cheltenham is likely to become one of the main topics of conversation again as we approach the Grand National a fortnight on Saturday, with just five of the 34 sure … Read More »

A Great Loss

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 21st, 2024

Hi there, I have to start this piece on a sad note. As some of you may be aware, I was blessed to count Steve Harley as a friend for over forty years, so news of his illness and then … Read More »


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 »

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