Introducing – Samantha Martin
Hi Sam, tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a sixteen-year-old horse racing journalist for a website called Rein It In Racing. I’ve written for the website since October 2017 and interviewed many trainers, jockeys, owners and journalists in that time. More recently, I’ve joined the team at Horse Race Ratings and I’m a regular guest on the And They’re Off! Podcast.
How would your friends describe you in 3 words?
Pragmatic, Caring, Tenacious.
Flats or Jumps?
I love both but my heart lies with jump racing – there’s nothing more exciting than seeing a racehorse in full-flight over a fence! However, I’m really interested in the bloodstock side of flat racing and I’m very keen to explore that more.
How long have you been working / connected to horseracing?
I’ve had a passion for the sport for as long as I can remember but first became actively involved in October 2017 when I began writing for Rein It In Racing.
What first attracted you to the sport?
When I was younger, I watched the horse racing on a Saturday with my Grandad. He got dementia and my interest blossomed first as something to talk to him about and now it is my biggest passion in life.
What is your favourite racing memory?
I was lucky enough to be at the Cheltenham Festival for the opening day in 2020 – it was so exciting. My favourite racehorse, Mulcahys Hill, ran in the Ultima Handicap Chase so it was incredible to be there and watch ‘Mully’ race in person.
What do you feel horseracing has done well during the pandemic?
So many people rely on this sport for livelihoods and income so the way the sport has carried on and rallied together since the resumption in June is commendable. The TV channels have worked so hard to bring the raceday action to us at home and I think they have done a brilliant job and we should be very grateful!
What do you enjoy most about working in the industry or building content on the sport?
For me, it’s the people that you speak to and work with. I have made so many brilliant friends from engaging on horse racing social media. Everyone seems to be so friendly and encouraging, which is amazing. One of the best parts of this sport is that it’s a game of opinions and that makes conversations about the races so interesting.
What made you start creating horseracing content online?
I’ve always had a massive passion for writing so, when the opportunity came about to write about my favourite sport, I jumped at the chance! Over the past few years, I’ve started to do podcasts and video previews, which were at first a bit out of my comfort zone but I absolutely love doing them.
Do you have a favourite horse?
Yes, his name is Mulcahys Hill and he’s in training with Warren Greatrex in Lambourn. I was lucky enough to meet him at the Lambourn Open Day in 2019 and see him race at the Cheltenham Festival in 2020.
Leicester is my local track and I love the days I spend there with my family. It isn’t one of the big tracks but there is always competitive racing. I have also had some brilliant days out at Warwick Racecourse too.
Which race / racecourse around the world would you love to visit?
I would love to go to Pardubice in the Czech Republic. Recently, I learnt of the story of a woman called Lata Brandisová, who raced against Nazi officers in the 1937 Velká Pardubická, one of the toughest steeplechases in the world – and she won! She inspires me and I would love to visit the scene of her incredible success.
Instagram: @sam_angelina22 @reinitinracing