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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

  • Qabala supplemented for Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas- Qabala is set to have her first race away from Newmarket, after trainer Roger Varian supplemented her for this weekend’s Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas. The daughter of Scat Daddy won a Newmarket maiden last autumn and stepped up on that run to win the Group Three Nell Gwyn Stakes in […]
  • Too Darn Hot could run in Irish 2,000 Guineas- Too Darn Hot could make a surprise bid for the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas this weekend. Last year’s Champion Two Year Old had a setback in the spring which meant he missed the Qipco 2,000 Guineas. He eventually returned last week in the Dante Stakes over 1 ¼ miles, but […]
  • Lanigan targets the Pretty Polly Stakes with Worth Waiting- David Lanigan is targeting the Group One Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh with his smart filly Worth Waiting. Worth Waiting won four races on the trot last term, before her run was ended in the Prix Vermeille. She looked every bit as good on her return, when landing […]
  • Nominations open for 2019 Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards- Nominations are now open for the 2019 Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards and can be made online at www.studandstablestaffawards.ie. The awards encompass 10 categories which carry prizemoney of over €80,000. 2019 marks the fifth year of Godolphin’s sponsorship of the Irish Stud and Stable Staff Awards which will […]

UK Racing News

  • Australian sprinter set for York this weekend- Acqume is poised to add an international dimension to proceedings at York on Saturday, as the Australian sprinter tries to emulate some illustrious compatriots who have succeeded on the Knavesmire. The Paul Messara-trained Ortensia produced a devastating turn of foot to land the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes in 2012 and Acqume, […]
  • Sir Dragonet set to spearhead formidable O’Brien challenge for Investec Derby- Epsom Downs staged its annual Breakfast With The Stars media event this morning, ahead of the Investec Derby Festival on Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st. Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden were among a host of trainers and jockeys to share their thoughts ahead of three feature races over […]
  • Hardwick Stakes a possibility for Southern France- Despite giving Stradivarius plenty to think about in the Yorkshire Cup, Southern France could drop in trip for the Hardwicke Stakes, at Royal Ascot, next month. Trainer Aidan O’Brien was delighted with the four year-old’s run at York and felt the colt showed plenty of pace. “Southern France ran well […]
  • No decision imminent on Frankellina Oaks bid- A decision on whether or not Frankellina will run in the Investec Oaks, is unlikely to be made before the weekend. The William Haggas trained daughter of Frankel ran with great credit despite her inexperience, when a close second to Nausha, in the Musidora Stakes at York. Owner Anthony Oppenheimer […]
  • Line Of Duty still a Derby possible- Charlie Appleby has not ruled out a Derby bid with his Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Line Of Duty. The son of Galileo beat only one home in last week’s Dante Stakes at York, but Appleby is willing to give the colt extra time before making decision on Epsom. He said: […]
  • Goodwood set for a thrilling May Festival- Goodwood Racecourse is gearing up for three outstanding days of action with the May Festival, which runs from Thursday, May 23rd to Saturday, May 25th inclusive. Thursday’s feature race is the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes (4.20pm, 13 entries) over just short of 10 furlongs for three-year-old fillies. Named after […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: The Epsom Derby- Every June, the culmination of four years of meticulous planning and dreams come to fruition for one thoroughbred racehorse, while those of countless others fall by the wayside. The Epsom Derby is the race to win, coveted and feted around the world; it is the route to instant stardom for […]
  • Big Race History: The Oaks- The Oaks Stakes preceded the Epsom Derby by one year, being first raced in 1779 and is consequently steeped in history and prestige as the forerunner to numerous “Oaks” races around the world which are exclusively for the very best fillies. The event is named after The Oaks, an estate located to the […]
  • Memory Lane: Indian Skimmer- Throughout his illustrious training career, Sir Henry Cecil nurtured the careers of countless great fillies and mares. One In A Million, Fairy Footsteps, Oh So Sharp, Diminuendo, Snow Bride, All At Sea, Bosra Sham, Lady Carla, Sleepytime, Reams Of Verse, Ramruna, Love Divine, Light Shift, Timepiece and Midday all spring […]
  • Big Race History: Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes- The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes is the first Group One mile contest for older horses, in the British racing calendar. The race takes place at Newbury and attained Group One status in 1995, the same year that it became exclusive to horses of four years and older. The event is […]

Bloodstock News

  • Six-Figure Stores Headline Good Start to Goffs Doncaster Spring Sale- The three-day Goffs UK Spring Sale at Doncaster got underway today with the Spring Store Sale producing figures largely matching last year’s trade and was headlined by four horses selling for six-figure sums.  The sale sold 179 stores today with a clearance rate of 80% and saw two lots share […]
  • Arqana’s Auteuil Sale is topped by Fontaine Collonges- Lot 1 FONTAINE COLLONGES knocked down for €180,000 Offered by Fabrice Foucher, who was notably UN DE SCEAUX’s first trainer, a bay mare launched the 2019 Auteuil Sale. This four-year-old AQPS won on the flat on May 9 at Le Lion d’Angers over 2400m. She is by Saddler Maker and […]