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Course-Specialist.co.uk is a fresh look at horse racing, providing news, views and insight into the Sport of Kings. What makes us different? Not just a horse racing blog, we are devoid of betting news or tipping – and aim to celebrate the best of international horse racing. From Newmarket’s Guineas Festival to Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, York’s Ebor Festival, Irish Champions Weekend, the St Leger Festival, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and through to the Future Champions Festival back at Newmarket, Course-Specialist.co.uk will give you information on the history of horse racing, the big names and latest news.


International Racing News

  • Armory heads O’Brien seven in the Futurity Stakes - Armory heads seven entries for Aidan O’Brien in the Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes at the Curragh on Friday. The Ballydoyle maestro has won the seven-furlong Group Two race on twelve previous occasions, with horses of the calibre of Giant’s Causeway (1999), Hawk Wing (2001) and this year’s Epsom Derby […]
  • Marmelo on top in the Prix Kergorlay - Marmelo was given a patient ride and quickened well to land the Group Two Darley Prix Kergorlay at Deauville. Eight horses took part in this one mile, seven-furlong race. There was a reluctance from all of the jockeys to set the pace and eventually it was Mille Et Mille who […]
  • Coronet wins a second Group One with Deauville success - Coronet showed determination to land the Group One Darley Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville. Nine fillies and mares contested this ten-furlong race. At the off it was Wild Illusion who led from Red Tea, with Coronet racing third. Down the back, Wild Illusion held the overall advantage from Red Tea, […]
  • Earthlight wins a second Prix Morny for Fabre - The Godolphin colt Earthlight quickened well in unsuitably soft ground, to land the Group One Darley Prix Morny at Deauville. A fascinating field of eight juveniles went to post for this six-furlong race, including three Royal Ascot winners and two unbeaten French runners. From the break it was Raffle Prize […]

UK Racing News

  • Golden Horde run pleases Cox - Clive Cox proclaimed himself delighted with the run of Golden Horde as the colt finished third in the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday. Having won the Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, on his prior start, the son of Lethal Force was beaten just over two lengths by […]
  • Five to contest the Great Voltigeur Stakes - A field of five horses will contest the St Leger trial, the Group Two Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes at York. The Gordon Stakes winner Nayef Road features among the runners for the in-form Mark Johnston. He will face stern opposition from John Gosden’s unbeaten colt Logician, who has won […]
  • Gerald Mosse to ride Mabs Cross in the Nunthorpe Stakes - Gerald Mosse is to replace Paul Mulrennan on the Michael Dods-trained Mabs Cross, in Friday’s Group One Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York. The veteran French jockey was successful on the mare in last October’s Prix de l’Abbaye at ParisLongchamp. Paul Mulrennan has been the five-year-old’s regular rider this year and […]
  • Raffle Prize to contest the Cheveley Park Stakes - Raffle Prize is to be aimed at the Group One Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes, following her fine second to Earthlight, in the Group One Darley Prix Morny. The Mark Johnston filly landed the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket before keeping up […]
  • A dozen left in the Celebration Mile - Twelve horses remain engaged in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday. Richard Hannon’s Beat Le Bon is among the entries and landed a valuable handicap at the Sussex track in late May and he has since won at Haydock and back at Goodwood in the Unibet Golden Mile […]
  • If The Cap Fits set for top staying hurdle contests - The Harry Fry-trained If The Cap Fits is to be aimed at all the top staying hurdle races this winter. The seven-year-old signed off last season with a major victory in the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree, on his first try over an extended three-mile trip. Plans for the Paul and […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Yorkshire Oaks - The Yorkshire Oaks is one of the major races at York’s prestigious Ebor Festival each August. Established in 1849, the race has been a Group 1 contest since 1971 and is run over a mile and a half. Originally the race was open to three year old fillies, but older […]
  • The Million Pound Race for the Ebor - York’s Ebor Festival now stretches to four days, with the Saturday being added in 2011. The big race of the day is the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap, the race after which the festival gets its name. The big race was first contested in 1843 and for the first time this […]
  • Big Race History: Juddmonte International Stakes - The Juddmonte International Stakes is one of the high points of British summer racing. Inaugurated in 1972, the race began with a dramatic bang and has lived up to its reputation for shocks and thrills and top class racing ever since. Raced on the first day of the York Ebor […]
  • A Royal Command performance – Gary Stevens - As preparations are well under way for the 2019 York Ebor Festival, it is hard to believe that twenty years have passed since Royal Anthem illuminated the Knavesmire with a stunning victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes. His story was part of a much bigger one, as his rider that […]

Bloodstock News

  • 2019 Arqana August Yearling Sale concludes with record figures - The strong trade for top calibre individuals that was evident over the weekend continued during Part II, the third and final day of the August Yearling Sale, on Monday. With 161 yearlings going through the ring, figures showed a similar clearance rate to last year with 73 per cent sold, […]
  • Dubawi and Galileo headline second day of Arqana August Yearling Sale - The second day of the August Yearling Sale, that closed Part 1 of the catalogue, proved to be an extremely busy session that was echoed by the 86 per cent clearance rate. The average of nearly €300,000 and the median of €215,000 was up 25 per cent in comparison to […]