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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

Cheltenham Update …

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

Hi there! Nicky Henderson reported that he was ‘very pleasantly surprised’ with the condition of the track when he took his traditional tour of the course this morning. Although the ground is officially described as soft, with heavy patches, Henderson … Continued

Cheltenham Update …

Marten's Current Racing Diary Uncategorized | March 8th, 2018

Hi there! The big news broke this evening that Sizing John would not be able to defend his crown in next week’s Gold Cup. After Robbie Power rode the horse in exercise this morning he reported that something “wasn’t right” … Continued

Cheltenham Briefing …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 7th, 2018

Hi there! The major talking point at the moment relates to the weather, with some of the more reliable forecasters predicting a severe low-pressure system hitting the south-west over the weekend. If you believe the Daily Express, which I concede … Continued

Cheltenham Approaches …

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

I am delighted to report that the Bulletin Book goes to print on Monday, packed with over 30,000 words of analysis covering every race. It would not be fair to subscribers to give too much away, but the main query … Continued

Cheltenham Clues Aplenty

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

Everything went to plan on Saturday, with the successful returns of Altior and Native River at Newbury and Saint Calvados impressing in the Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick. Starting with Saint Calvados, Harry Whittington’s bold-jumping five-year-old made his three useful … Continued

What Did We Learn At Leopardstown?

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

For once the accolades that have come the way of Samcro seem justified following a hugely impressive victory in the Grade 1 Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown this afternoon. Despite dropping half-a-mile in trip down to two miles he had … Continued

The Dormant Cheltenham Ante-Post Market

Marten's Current Racing Diary | January 28th, 2018

I don’t appear to have missed much while I was away for a few days earlier this month. My short break in Gran Canaria almost came to a grinding halt before it started when upon opening my I-Pad in the … Continued

Cheltenham Ante-Post Opportunities

Marten's Current Racing Diary | January 5th, 2018

I am not surprised that a handful of bookmakers have decided to introduce the ‘non-runner, no bet’ concession earlier than usual for the top races at Cheltenham. As if the ante-post market were not dormant enough, any confidence that interested … Continued

Highland Reel Retires

Marten's Current Racing Diary | December 10th, 2017

I have just in the last hour completed writing the text for the Winter Guide – a mighty 28,000 words packed with news, views and previews of the season past, present and future. I make no apology for there being … Continued

Newbury Reflections

Marten's Current Racing Diary | December 1st, 2017

There were plenty of long-term pointers at Newbury today. Colin Tizzard and Robbie Power have high hopes for the opening maiden hurdle winner Lostintranslation when he can race on good ground in the spring. The jockey said afterwards that he … Continued

Never Underestimate Carlisle Form

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 26th, 2017

Hi there It’s a long time since I’ve seen a Grade 1 race won by the margin Bristol De Mai achieved in yesterday’s Betfair Chase at Haydock. We all acknowledge that on testing ground the distances can be exaggerated, but … Continued

Cheltenham November Meeting Online Preview

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 10th, 2017

 The Cheltenham November Meeting Online Preview Hi there! The three-day Cheltenham November Meeting is almost upon us, starting on Friday 17 November. I always have good news for this meeting and three years ago passed on strong messages for Caid … Continued

Reflections On Del Mar

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 5th, 2017

Hi there! I don’t ever pretend to claim that I know a great deal about US racing, but I was still intrigued by the events that took place at Del Mar on Saturday evening. I had listened to the pundits … Continued

Autumnal Musings From Carlisle

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 27th, 2017

Hi there! Things really move up a gear for lovers of jump racing this weekend, with high-class meetings at Cheltenham and Aintree. My last two visits to the track have been up the road to Carlisle, a course that attracts … Continued

Newmarket Bound

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 12th, 2017

Hi there! I am just leaving for a few days at Newmarket to cover one of my favouyrite meetings of the year. I have to admit that I have not yet come to terms with the adjustments made to the … Continued

Looking Ahead …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 6th, 2017

Hi there! I know I probably say this every year, but the autumn really is my favourite season – both in nature and the racing calendar. It’s a time for both reflection and anticipation – reflections on the past few … Continued

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