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Did We See The Arc Winner?

Marten's Current Racing Diary | July 5th, 2022

Hi there! The Coral-Eclipse stole the headlines this weekend but I want to start by passing on a few thoughts about the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud that took place yesterday. Few trainers are as familiar with the programme book as … Read More »

Take Care Frankie …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 23rd, 2022

If ever you wanted to see an example of the importance of confidence in a sportsman, then all you need to do is look back at the week Frankie Dettori had at Royal Ascot. It has been well known for … Read More »

The Cost of Congestion …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 17th, 2022

Hi there, No, I’m not boasting. Just a quiet whinge that in the maelstrom of the congested Programme Book this 12/1 gem, hidden away in the last race at Goodwood this evening, slipped through the net. Yes, I have Horse … Read More »

Westover – One That Got Away?

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 6th, 2022

Hi there, I’m not sure what many of us would have made of Saturday’s Derby if runner-up Hoo Ya Mal had won the race at 150/1. One of trainer Andrew Balding’s reasons for running the colt was that he had … Read More »

Bay Bridge

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 27th, 2022

Hi there, Some of you will be aware that I have expressed great enthusiasm in my publications for the prospects of Bay Bridge this season, but for all that I was surprised by the change of gear he unleashed to … Read More »

A Trainer To Note

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 24th, 2022

Hi there, I have a great deal of respect for David Menuisier. He places his horses extremely well and talks eloquently and with insight about their prospects or achievements. It will be interesting to see how he gets on with … Read More »

Flesh And Blood

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 22nd, 2022

Hi there! It’s the conventional practice to boast about successes in this business, but after over 50 years I have learnt that you are never in charge where racehorses are concerned and, in the oft-quoted words, it is a ‘great … Read More »

Three To Note

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 20th, 2022

Hi there! It may seem perverse to bring your attention to a horse that finished last, but I think that Rawyaan is worth bearing in mind for a fast-ground handicap at some point this summer. Trained by Marcus Tregoning last … Read More »

A Star In The Making

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 18th, 2022

Hi there! No prizes for guessing today’s big eye-catcher. My Astra was far and away the most impressive winner of the day, pulling 12 lengths clear to win the 1m 2f Listed Rothesay Stakes at Ayr from an Irish raider … Read More »

A Couple of Eye-Catchers

Marten's Current Racing Diary | May 17th, 2022

Hi there! I am indebted to the readers who got back to me to explain that the Tote now guarantee to pay at least the industry returned SP on win bets or, when the Tote dividend is greater than SP, … Read More »

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