January 2020 Newsletter Highlights

January 15th, 2020 | Newsletter

Please find below some of the highlights from our latest newsletter.

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I need to start by wishing you all a very happy, peaceful and successful 2020!

The last 12 months have had their moments, both highs and lows, but overall it was a successful year for us with plenty of kind comments and notes coming through from clients over the holiday, particularly relating to the quality of customer care from the office.

I know how dedicated Rebecca and the team are in ensuring they meet the needs of our clients, often working at unconventional and unsocial hours to respond to queries. This applies especially at busy times, notably at Cheltenham, which is now only weeks away.

Preliminary work will begin on Cheltenham next month, but it’s not hard to see what many will view as the Festival bankers beginning to emerge.

Envoi Allen is short enough at a top price of 13/8 for the Ballymore, especially as connections have not yet confirmed that race is his target. Tiger Roll seems earmarked for another crack at the Cross Country Chase – you can’t beat 7/4 for that – while Paisley Park, owned by our long-standing client Andrew Gemmell, is only 11/8 to win the Stayers’ Hurdle for the second year.

I have to confess that when I was writing the Dark Horses in the autumn I would never have had Epatante as favourite for the Champion Hurdle at this stage of the season. She has caught me totally by surprise, with stable-companion Buveur d’Air now out for the season. The second favourite Saldier received a very favourable mention in my conclusion while Fusil Raffles needs to atone next time for his disappointing effort at Kempton over Christmas.

The Champion Chase has a more open look to it than in recent years with Altior currently 7/2 alongside Defi Du Seuil, at the same price, and the talented Chacun Pour Soi next best at 5/1.

They go 5/1 the field in the Gold Cup, with my Dark Horses Guide selection Lostintranslation needing to show he can rekindle his form following a poor run at Kempton. Delta Work and Santini are interesting contenders.


Coming up in February’s Newsletter:

A look back at 2019 in the Marten Julian office including highlights from Marten Julian and our contributors Dan Briden (Dark Horses Jumps Guide & Weekend Card), Ian Carnaby (Weekend Card & website blog writer) & Ronan Groome (Weekend Card).

Rebecca tells me that orders are up on last year for the Cheltenham Package offer, while there continues to be a growing interest in the Weekend Card.

It may surprise some of you to learn that I am currently getting the groundwork done for the 2020 Dark Horses Flat Guide. I like to wait for the Classic entries before committing my copy to print, but you don’t get many unraced or unexposed horses entered for the 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas so it’s possible to make an early start.

All seems well with our club horse. I believe the girls are busy looking for a second club horse to be based in the south. I am sure they will keep you updated with news of their progress.

If you want to learn more about our services or have a chat then give Rebecca a call or contact her on her email

I am very positive for what lies ahead, so let’s hope that we get a little bit of luck along the way …

Bye for now

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Due to a member of staff leaving from next week the office will not be open for calls on a Tuesday. Jodie and Marten write the Weekend Card that day but they work outside our main office.
The office will open on a Tuesday prior to Cheltenham and other major race meetings.