An­drew ‘Marto’ Martin

This racing ex­pert also knows how to call the shots with a cam­era

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He’s best-known for his pas­sion for horse racing and shar­ing his knowl­edge of the field with Sky Racing view­ers, but An­drew ‘Marto’ Martin, is much more than a one-trick pony, ce­ment­ing his po­si­tion in racing me­dia, with pre­vi­ous stints on 2UE, 2GB and Nova.

Marto says his love of horse racing was sparked in high school, and he hasn’t looked back since.

“I went to a board­ing school and in Year 7, I went with some school mates to Rose­hill (Race­course) be­cause their par­ents owned race horses and that kick­started my love for the sport,” he says. “I have been an owner of a few race horses my­self. Bow River raced and won in Bathurst re­cently and that was the first time I have been at the race­track when my horse has won — it was very ex­cit­ing.”

Today, on what is The Cham­pi­onships Day Two (Queen El­iz­a­beth Stakes Day) at Royal Rand­wick, he’s back­ing the mighty Winx to break Black Caviar’s record of 25 straight wins.

But it’s not all about the races. Other things that cre­ate a buzz in Marto’s life are photography and car­pen­try. He is an ac­com­plished pho­tog­ra­pher, sell­ing his im­ages of beach life through his com­pany Syd­ney Sum­mer.

“I have loved it ever since I was a kid,” he says. “Dad was a good pho­tog­ra­pher back in the dark room days.” Car­pen­try also runs in the fam­ily. “I’m self-taught,” he says. “I started to build the cubby house and I thought it would take me a week, but it took two months. I kept adding to it, so now it’s a proper re­treat with sep­a­rate sec­tions for the kids and par­ents.”

Cubby house

My dad was al­ways handy and I’ve had many a reno done, so I’ve al­ways kept an eye on the tradies and how they do things. I thought I could build a cubby house, but it turned into a mas­sive re­treat and the kids love it. We even have Fox­tel in here now.

Bosch drop saw

This is a re­cent ad­di­tion, which takes my home handy­man skills to the next level. You’re only as good as your tools, and with this you can pretty much make any­thing with tim­ber.

My kids can’t a re­mem­ber life with­out Wags. He is bor­der col­lie cross king charles spaniel, which is a crazy mix. The kids named him. They were big Wig­gles fans when they were lit­tle Com­fort­able and fun A place to re­lax with fam­ily

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