The Cost of Congestion …

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

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 Tracker and a team to support me, but even so there is no excuse. The only consolation is that I thought he would need to drop to seven furlongs.

I hope that some of you spotted it.

From May 20th, 2022 | Marten’s Current Racing Diary

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 season, the three-year-old grey won two of his four starts, a maiden at Brighton and then a novice event at Leicester, on good to firm ground, before running fifth of six in a 1m Class 2 at Newbury, shaping better than the result reflects.

Now with George Baker, and facing soft ground for the first time at Goodwood today, he ran from a mark of 82 in a 1m 0-85 and travelled smoothly just behind the leaders before dropping away in the final quarter mile, beaten almost 10 lengths at the line.

Out of a mare by Oasis Dream, who won over sprint trips, Rawyaan found the combination of the soft ground and the trip beyond him. He will come down 3 or 4lbs for this and looks an ideal type for one of the summer’s better 7f handicaps.

Bye for now