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We believe the key to success is continuity


What’s It All About …

After over 40 years in the business Marten and his team get to hear a lot from clients about what they’re after from a service, which is why we see it as a priority to cater for as many of their needs as possible. That is why we have decided to bring back the Weekend Card – our best-selling service for many years before we decided to give it a rest with a view to revamping it when we felt the time was right to embrace and engage with the new technology.

Continuity …

One thing that has become clear is the importance of continuity in a service. For example, when we select a horse we know that our clients would appreciate some feedback – whether it wins or loses. The Weekend Card prioritises this by providing weekly updates on key horses from Marten’s Dark Horses Annuals (both Flat and Jumps), as well as selected horses from earlier editions of the Weekend Card.

User’s Guide …

All subscribers to the Weekend Card will receive a User’s Guide, written and edited by Marten and Rebecca. This explains in full detail both how to use the Weekend Card and also how to derive the most benefit from it. Marten guides you through the racing side of things, while Rebecca provides advice on the technology and administration – how to order, keep alerted to runners etc.


 Results since the service re-started in 2017 (up to & including Edition 174)

Marten’s Weekend Action: 18% profit on investment (100pts LS Profit) including winners at 33/1, 22/1, 16/1, 14/1 (twice), 12/1 (adv), 11/1, 10/1 (twice), 9/1, 8/1 (twice), 8/1 (adv 16/1), 7/1, 13/2, 6/1 (twice) etc

The Sleeper Section: 58% profit on investment (83pts LS Profit) including winners at 33/1, 16/1, 8/1, 7/1 (twice), 5/1, 4/1, 7/2, 0/30, 3/1 etc

Under The Radar: 28% loss on investment (26pts LS Loss) including winners at 14/1, 7/1, 11/2 etc

Jodie’s Jottings: 24% profit on investment (159pts LS Profit) including winners at 16/1 (twice), 14/1 (twice), 12/1 (twice). 10/1, 9/1 (twice), 8/1 (twice), 7/1, 13/2 (twice), 6/1, 11/2, 5/1, 9/2, 4/1 (twice) etc

Ian Carnaby: 7% loss on investment (37pts LS Loss) including winners at 25/1. 16/1, 9/1, 6/1, 8/1. 7/1 (twice), 11/2, 5/1 etc

Ante-Post: 57% profit on investment (27pts LS Profit) including One For Arthur (adv 20/1) and Waldgeist (adv 16/1)

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* NEWS *

We requested feedback from our clients and used this alongside our analysis on results and made some changes to the service. The Postscript feature was removed since this belongs to the Online Preview it is written about. Previous Weekend Action horses that Marten have selected will not automatically become selections in his Retrospective section. Marten will still write about the previous weekend’s runners in his Retrospective section but if they are a selection they will appear in his Weekend Action article.

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Below there are extracts from various editions with winning results. We know it’s not all about winners which is why we offer past samples so you can judge the publication for yourself. Clients I speak to tell me they look forward to a Thursday when they receive their email copy or to the hard copy arriving on a Friday/Saturday. We aim to offer long-term news and look back at Marten’s previous selections so we can learn from them and make notes for the future.

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Edition 35
Extract from Jodie’s Jottings

“Finally, we come to the Grand National and One For Arthur, who I advised at 20/1 when the weights were published, comes here in good form according to his connections (5.15 Aintree Saturday). The eight-year-old has been my idea of a National horse from way back in December and I couldn’t have been happier when he won the Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick in January as it ensured that he would get into this race. He has all the right attributes you need – he’s a sound jumper, he stays well, he’s got a lovely racing weight and he has experience over the fences.
Everything else is down to luck and chance.” One For Arthur WON 14/1 (Advised 20/1 Antepost)

Edition 32
Extract from Jodie’s Jottings

“Paul Nicholls looks to have another live chance in the Martin Pipe in the shape of Brio Conti, having won the race last year with Ibis Du Rheu (4.50 Cheltenham Friday and 2.40 Kempton Saturday). As I write on Wednesday, he is number 56 on the list so I’m confident he will get into the race, but he also holds an entry for the consolation race of the Silver Plate at Kempton on Saturday. He won last time out at Doncaster with any amount in hand, cruising effortlessly though the race to win by an eased down nine lengths. He’s been allotted a handicap mark of 134 and the
Nicholls stable have been quite bullish about his chances. For me he’s each-way value.” Brio Conti WON 8/1

Edition 28
Extract from Marten’s Weekend Action

“I took a great liking to Dadsintrouble both in the paddock and the race itself when I saw him winning at Haydock last month. Tim Vaughan’s seven-year-old had tipped up when travelling well on his previous start at Cheltenham and he won here by six lengths with plenty in hand. The handicapper has raised him 12lb, from 117 to 129, but to my eyes he had that in hand and I expect him to go very close in his chosen engagement this weekend (2.35 Haydock or 3.55 Wincanton Saturday). The latter is the less competitive but the longer trip at Haydock will suit him better. He is bred to stay very well and could develop into a Welsh National type when he is switched to fences.” Dadsintrouble WON 6/1

Edition 28
Extract from Jodie’s Jottings

“I am going to take a chance on Tim Vaughan’s Dadsintrouble (2.35 Haydock Saturday). I was very impressed with how well the gelding travelled into the race when scoring over course and distance last time out. Despite making a complete hash at the third from home he was quick to regather his stride and continue motoring. Pricking his ears on the approach to the last it was clear there was plenty left in the tank. He’s been raised 12lb but his trainer has targeted this race saying he would like the horse to win and be put up 7lb so he can squeeze into the bottom of the weights for the main event. Whatever happens he is there to run on his merits and he cannot be ignored.” Dadsintrouble WON 6/1

Edition 25
Extract from Marten’s Weekend Action

“This weekend we head to Kelso on Sunday for the extended 2m 5f handicap chase on Sunday (2.40). I hope Doctor Harper opts for Warwick because in his absence I suggest we take a close look at Bernadelli. Nicky Richards has endured a torrid first half of the season, with at least five on-course fatalities to my knowledge and another expensive store horse lost at home. He is due for a change of fortune, and Bernadelli now has plenty in his favour. He struck winning form last season on heavy ground, winning handicap chases off 125 at Newcastle in December and off 132 at Ayr in February. Three defeats later he is still a little high on 133, but the trip on Sunday and soft ground look ideal and his two runs this season have not been without promise.” Bernadelli WON 11/1

Issue 23
On a quiet weekend for me I suggest we keep an eye on Lough Kent at Newcastle (2.10). The eight-year-old has slipped to a mark of 108 from 115 and, after a couple of disappointing runs, he showed a little more last time at Haydock. He was rated as high as 139 over fences with Nicky Henderson and 136 over hurdles. (WON 7/1 from 14/1)

Edition 21
Extract from Jodie’s Jottings

“On to Saturday, Frodon (1.50 Cheltenham Saturday) is a name I have mentioned a few times in the past. He was my tip for the BetVictor Gold Cup last month and despite finishing down the field, I was not disappointed with his run. The four-year-old was travelling well and looked poised before making a terrible blunder at a crucial stage of the race. That error winded him and he couldn’t make up the lost ground. He is entered in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup and I am hopeful he can put his experience to good use and run a big race. Nicholls won the race in 2012 with the four-year-old Unioniste and I am hoping this youngster can follow in his footsteps. At around 12/1 he is good each-way value.” Frodon WON 14/1

Edition 21
Extract from Ian Carnaby’s Weekend News
“I like three-mile handicap hurdles at Cheltenham and Philip Hobbs’ For Good Measure may be suited by stepping back up in trip on Friday after disappointing last time (2.40 Cheltenham Friday). The one to take the eye, however, is Jonjo O’Neill’s lightly-raced Call To Order over the longer distance. With only 10st 1lb he has clearly been nursed along with something in mind and Jonjo must think he stays because he is also in the Pertemps Qualifier at Carlisle on Sunday (2.10). Interesting.” Call To Order WON 11/2

Edition 20
Shotofwine has been declared for an extended 2m 7f 0-100 handicap hurdle at Market Rasen on Thursday (3.00). The first-time application of a tongue-tie and step up in trip point to intent on the part of connections – especially in the case of the trip given than he is out of a Gunner B mare. Having been pulled up twice and beaten a long way from four starts over hurdles, a mark of 88 is probably high, but having finished second in three runs in bumpers for his former trainers we know he has more ability than his recent form suggests. Also, he ran well for a long way until tiring at Hexham in September so let’s hope he can go close here. (WON 3/1 from 7/1)

Edition 17
Extract from Ian Carnaby’s Weekend News
“A couple of things on Friday’s card are worthy of mention. Nigel Twiston-Davies can win races at any time but is particularly effective in October and November and I believe Astracad, happiest around here, can trouble the best in the Markel Insurance Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (12.55 and also 3.50). There is plenty of talent in the stable for this type of contest, with James Bargary ably supported by other amateurs.” Astracad WON 100/30

Edition 16
I give Queen’s Trust an each-way chance in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Saturday (7.43) … has run second and third twice in three Group 1 contests including a very good second to Minding over this trip in the Nassau Stakes … expect her to reverse Yorkshire Oaks form with Seventh Heaven … (WON 8/1)


The Contents …

The Sleeper Section – by far and away the most popular feature of the Weekend Card, with Marten’s specially noted horses – a few dark ones, a few unexposed ones and a few unraced ones.

The Clock Watcher – Marten has devised and now tried a system to identify horses that have put up exceptional performances on the clock.

The Ante-Post Agenda – a brief weekly update on horses that Marten believes may warrant ante-post interest. Again there will be continuity of mention.

Under The Radar – observations. Sometimes controversial, from Marten and Jodie on the sort of thing the pundits miss – or choose to avoid! Strange rides, non-racing betting opportunities and a bit of politics!

The Weekend Action – obviously the Weekend Card covers Marten’s thoughts on the big-race action at the weekend, together with horses that have caught his eye elsewhere.

The Update – latest news and entries for horses that have featured in past Weekend Cards, the Dark Horses Annuals and the Postscript Service.

Ian Carnaby – a great favourite of our clients and a big part of our team for many years.

Jodie’s Jottings – Marten’s assistant Jodie Standing specialises in Irish point-to-pointers but she will also be sharing her occasional insights.


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