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Marten Julian | Horse Racing Blog, Tips & News
by Marten
3d ago
Hi there, This week, away from the political scene, the weights for the nine handicaps at Cheltenham are published. As you may know I always like to dig out the plots for these races … Sire Du Berlais was a big one for us when he got up an under an inspired Barry Geraghty to win the 2019 Pertemps Final … and I have a couple that have caught my eye this season. I see that entries for the Derby will also be revealed. This is the one area where trainers are forced to declare their hand. Yes there is the occasional owner-motivated entry, and Aidan O’Brien will be well represented, but frivolous en ..read more
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A Handsome Sailor gone too soon
Marten Julian | Horse Racing Blog, Tips & News
by Ian Carnaby
2w ago
Cambridge came and went too soon. I see that now and foolishly think of going back, even at this late stage, to write a thesis on some aspect of Marcel Proust’s oeuvre that others have missed. Three years half a century ago should have furnished a handful of memories more vivid than Gaykart just pipping Pretty Puffin on a freezing autumn afternoon but there we are. The Newmarket Rowley Mile Course may lack soul (and how) but a winner warms the heart and does rather more for the pocket. I backed a few of Ryan Jarvis’s in those days  –  Glencar and Quy and Gaykart, of course, who comes ..read more
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A Tragic Loss
Marten Julian | Horse Racing Blog, Tips & News
by Marten
3w ago
Hi there! I was going to start this piece with an expression of my disappointment in the aftermath of the weekend’s action at Leopardstown but the news of the tragic death of 25-year-old Keagan Kirkby, who has been part of Paul Nicholls’s team since 2019, in a point-to-point at Charing on Sunday has put everything else into perspective. This is not the first time that Paul Nicholls has experienced tragedy in his yard. On the evening of Thursday, 28th February, 2013, Dominic Baker, the 21-year-old son of his head lad Clifford, was killed in a road accident when travelling back home from work. T ..read more
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Chubby rides The Carousel – with a little help from his friends
Marten Julian | Horse Racing Blog, Tips & News
by Ian Carnaby
1M ago
For quite a long time I couldn’t work out why Charles Benson entered my thoughts as often as he did. He’s been gone for several years and it wasn’t as if we had a great deal in common, though we were both racing journalists who enjoyed a bet. We got along rather well, the Old Etonian socialite who rubbed shoulders with the Aga Khan and Robert Sangster and the son of a quiet Geordie miner who’d have spent his working life down the pit but for his younger brother joining Southampton from Blyth Spartans in 1937. You know most of the rest. Charles, known as ‘Chubby’ by pressroom die-hards who appr ..read more
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Cheltenham Musings
Marten Julian | Horse Racing Blog, Tips & News
by Marten
2M ago
Hi there! May I start by wishing you all a very healthy and successful 2024. Many people around the world will be keen to see the back of 2023, especially from a political and ecological perspective, but racing – famously described as the ‘great triviality’ by the late Phil Bull – remains an intriguing diversion for those of us fortunate to have it as an interest. It is around now that the bookmakers’ reps start to flap around ante-post quotes for the Cheltenham markets but the days when people tried to build up a portfolio are now long gone. In fact I have not had a serious ante-post bet for ..read more
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Willy Kambwala
Marten Julian | Horse Racing Blog, Tips & News
by sysadmin
2M ago
Manchester United drew 0-0 at Liverpool last time out, with the Red Devils showing plenty of fighting spirit to earn a point at Anfield , a ground where they have struggled for quite some time. The fighting spirit United showed us an intrinsic part of what the club represents, but another huge part of the club was also evident on the day, the desire to bring youth through. Eight academy produced players featured in the match-day squad, with six featuring in the match, including captain Scott McTominay. One of those academy produced players was appearing in a senior match-day squad for the firs ..read more
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THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
Marten Julian | Horse Racing Blog, Tips & News
by Ian Carnaby
2M ago
‘Then, while the wheel is spinning, the Jack of Diamonds is waiting or Hemingway’s bunch of  skins is hurtling towards the furlong pole, we’re not thinking about anything else, regretting anything else or checking the time. This is where we live.’ The above appears in the foreword to The Long Road From Portman Square, a book I wrote a couple of years ago. I think I was at pains to highlight the difference between true gamblers and those for whom the odd investment, even on a daily basis, is a harmless hobby, humdrum but comforting. It’s fairly obvious which group welcomed me with open arm ..read more
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An enigma …
Marten Julian | Horse Racing Blog, Tips & News
by Marten
3M ago
Hi there! If ever I were asked to nominate just one golden rule for betting, and believe me I have dwelt on this long into the wee small hours, then it would be to follow a yard in form and, conversely, be wary of yards out of form. I remember many years ago, when I was with the Sunday Times long before the days of dedicated racing channels, I attended most of the meetings on the southern circuit and a few of us liked to wait for Dick Hern’s horses to hit form. They started to appear at the Greenham meeting at Newbury, finishing their races just off the frame, before a week later others began ..read more
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Autumn in New York? Yes please
Marten Julian | Horse Racing Blog, Tips & News
by Ian Carnaby
3M ago
Not long ago, Katey Kontent finished a very good second at Salisbury. She was carrying 9st 10lbs and was up against colts and geldings so it was a very fair effort. I think of all the people on course and in betting shops risking a few coins, or even a few notes, on this interestingly-named filly. Having read Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility  –  a fine, unusual novel lent to me by my good friend Howard Dawson  –  I know that Katey Kontent is an impecunious New Yorker who, through a chance meeting, finds herself moving in loftier social circles. The year is 1937, three years a ..read more
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Jumps Season 2023/24
Marten Julian | Horse Racing Blog, Tips & News
by sysadmin
4M ago
We are pleased to release our porfolio for the 2023/24 Jumps Season. Marten started the business in 1970 and as the majority of our services are written by Marten we are naturally starting to scale back as we are now in our 53rd year of trading. We very happily published 44 editions of our Cheltenham Bulletin Book covering the Cheltenham Festival but in 2024 we are reducing this service from a book to a booklet. When Marten started his Cheltenham Bulletin Book it was the only book on the market covering the Festival and this is something we are very proud of. To ease work congestion for our te ..read more
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