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Can We Forgive … ?

Marten's Current Racing Diary | September 19th, 2021

Hi there, The racing community has generally been prepared to forgive one of its members for a misdemeanour provided they show a smidgeon of contrition. It is often said we are a ‘tightly-knit family’, comprising all types including those who … Read More »

The Latest for Epsom

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 3rd, 2021

Hi there! The big day is almost upon us, with less than 48 hours before the running of the 2021 Cazoo Derby. The latest news from clerk of the course Andrew Cooper is that the ground is likely to be … Read More »

The Weekend

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 17th, 2021

Hi there, There was some class action over the weekend, most notably in the Lockinge Stakes which went to the favourite Palace Pier. It is not often that you see Frankie Dettori looking round for dangers with three furlongs to … Read More »

Dark Horse at Newbury

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 14th, 2021

Hi there! The main action today was at York, but my point of interest was directed at the 1m 2f maiden stakes at Newbury. Mojo Star, a son of Sea The Stars, was rumoured to be Richard Hannon’s best middle-distance … Read More »

Muddy Waters

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 13th, 2021

Hi there! There have been mixed messages from the Derby trials this season and, if anything, the waters looked muddier following today’s Dante Stakes at York. The race was won in gutsy style by Hurricane Lane, who battled on strongly … Read More »

Done The Old-Fashioned Way …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 9th, 2021

Hi there! One of the features of the last few months has been the number of gambles that have been landed, some of them supported from exceptionally long odds. We had another couple yesterday, both of them well-nigh impossible to … Read More »

Looking Ahead From Newmarket …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 2nd, 2021

I’m not sure what to make of either of this weekend’s Classics. It’s in the immediate aftermath of the 2000 Guineas that I look for a Derby colt but I’m not sure I saw an obvious one in Saturday’s field. … Read More »

Our Cheltenham Plans …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | January 31st, 2021

With less than six weeks to go before the start of Cheltenham we decided on the allocation of the Bulletin Book essays a few days ago. Many years back I wrote most of the 30,000-plus words myself, working for five … Read More »

A Few Pointers …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | January 7th, 2021

Hi there! One of the things I have always done is take a close look at the big-race entries when they are published. This is because it’s one of the few areas left where trainers have to declare their hand. … Read More »

A Look Ahead …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | January 5th, 2021

Hi there! I want to start by wishing you all a healthy and, I hope, successful 2021. Things are evidently going to get tougher before they get better, but racing offers a welcome distraction to the problems facing the nation … Read More »

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