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Derby & Oaks

Marten's Current Racing Diary | June 24th, 2020

Hi there, As you will be fully aware the 2020 Investec Derby and Oaks take place at Epsom on Saturday 4th July behind closed doors. The afternoon programme consists of the Woodcote Stakes (1.50), the Listed Surrey Stakes (2.25), the … Read More »

A new perspective perhaps?

Marten's Current Racing Diary Marten's Perspective | May 3rd, 2020

I am writing this on the weekend that I am usually at Newmarket for the Guineas meeting. The day when it was conceivable that three unbeaten colts – Pinatubo, Earthlight and Siskin, winners of 14 races between them, six at … Read More »

Day One of Cheltenham

Marten's Current Racing Diary | March 10th, 2020

Tuesday 10 March 2020 Shishkin must be something special to have overcome the problems he encountered before getting up close home to beat the well-fancied Abracadabras in today’s Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. He was short of room at the top of … Read More »

Cheltenham Is Unique …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | February 3rd, 2020

Hi there! Cheltenham remains a law unto itself. Come rain or shine, there have been Festivals when some results simply defy all logic. It’s certainly reasonable for pundits, myself included, to refer back to the evidence of the form book, … Read More »

Yuletide Expectations …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | December 20th, 2019

Hi there! With heavy ground now general around the country it’s far from certain we will get a clear run of meetings over the next 10 days. There is an 8.00am inspection at Ascot tomorrow (Saturday) while the conditions at … Read More »

Ascot Reflections

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 22nd, 2019

Hi there, Angels Breath beat his three rivals at Ascot this afternoon in one of the best novices chases of the season, jumping well to defeat First Flow by eight lengths. The winner’s stable companion Birchdale could never really go … Read More »

Cheltenham Reflections

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 18th, 2019

Hi there! They did well to get racing on at Cheltenham over the weekend given the waterlogged state of the track on Friday. A few years ago the meeting would have been lost, but the drainage on racecourses has improved … Read More »

Champ – Still Looking Good!

Marten's Current Racing Diary | November 7th, 2019

Hi there! Champ won what I think we can all agree was the best beginners’ chase of the season so far when beating the talented Dashel Drasher by three and a half lengths at Newbury this afternoon. His jumping was … Read More »

If I were Sheikh Mohammed …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 22nd, 2019

Hi there If I were Sheikh Mohammed there would have been a lot of things I would have done differently. One thing would have been to delegate more and not interfere. Without trust you cannot delegate wholly and in my … Read More »

A Few Thoughts …

Marten's Current Racing Diary | October 11th, 2019

Hi there I was very taken with the attitude Thyme Hill displayed in his three runs last season, as much in defeat as in victory, and it was that tenacity that stood him in good stead on his hurdling debut … Read More »

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