Since it was first published over 40 years ago Marten Julian’s Dark Horses Annual has become accepted as the industry’s authoritative source of information on unexposed and unraced horses.
Marten’s Classic Preview essays in the 2014 Dark Horses Annual included Night Of Thunder WON 40/1 (nominated in the first three) as his best outsider for 2000 Guineas, Australia WON (4/1 advised) for the Derby and Taghrooda WON (33/1 advised) for the Oaks. In 2013 Marten selected Sky Lantern WON (16/1advised, with Just the Judge second) for the 1000 Guineas and Dawn Approach WON (7/2 advised) for the 2000 Guineas. Last year’s Dark Horses Annual included Derby and four-time Group 1 winner Golden Horn (not entered at the time of writing) and Irish Derby winner Jack Hobbs in his Premier List.
Marten’s 2016 Dark Horses Annual features:
The Premier List – Marten’s hand-picked horses that he believes will yield a profit to level stakes including a potential top-notch performer from a low-profile Irish yard and a very highly-rated horse that returns after missing last season
The Dark Horses – Unexposed and unraced horses from the UK, Ireland and France, that have shown the potential to win races including an unraced 5yr old gelding in a top Newmarket yard and a very well-regarded colt with a lady trainer
The Classic Previews – Marten’s in-depth previews of the first four Classics with ante-post recommendations, amounting to almost 17,000 words
How Good A Judge Am I? – Marten highlights a few recommendations from the yearling sales he attended last autumn
The Effect Of Foaling Dates – Paul Day analyses the effect of a late foaling date on the racehorse