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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 secures Futurity Stakes in style - Armory consolidated his reputation with an authoritative win in the Group Two Galileo Irish EBF Futurity Stakes at the Curragh. Eight two year-old colts took part in this important seven-furlong contest. From the break it was Toronto who went on from Iberia and Armory, as Aidan O’Brien horses filled the […]
  • Alpine Star takes the Debutante Stakes - Alpine Star got the better of a thrilling tussle to land the Group Two Debutante Stakes at the Curragh. Nine juvenile fillies went to post for this seven-furlong race. Windracer took them along through the early stages, with Love tracking her. However, with two furlongs to run, Ryan Moore went […]
  • Champion Hurdle winner Espor D’Allen euthanized - This year’s Champion Hurdle winner, Espoir D’Allen, has passed away at the age of just five. The five year-old ran out a 15-length winner at Cheltenham in March, the widest winning margin in the history of the race. Having summered at Martinstown, Espoir D’Allen returned to Gavin Cromwell’s stable this […]
  • Four Japanese horses set to contest the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe - The Japanese are due to turn out in force in the 2019 edition of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe which will be run at ParisLongchamp on Sunday, October 6th. This follows the confirmation that the Japanese owner, Masaaki Matsushima, has acquired the three-year-old Broome (Galileo) from Coolmore. Broome […]

UK Racing News

  • Mohican Heights powers to victory in the Stonehenge Stakes - Mohican Heights looked a really smart prospect as he powered to victory in the Listed Longines Irish Champions Weekend EBF Stonehenge Stakes at Salisbury. Half a dozen two year-olds contested this one mile race. Subjectivist went in the early lead, but the other Mark Johnston runner, Governor Of Punjab, pulled […]
  • Battaash blitzes rivals in the Nunthorpe Stakes - 29 years on from the astonishing Dayjur, Battaash, another colt in the Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum silks, put up a sparkling display on the Knavesmire, to lower his predecessor’s track record with victory in the Group One Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York. Eleven lined-up for this five furlong contest and […]
  • Stradivarius in command in the Lonsdale Cup - Superstar stayer Stradivarius, made it back-to-back Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers Million bonuses, as he won the Group Two Lonsdale Cup at York. The pre-eminent stayer of this era ran out a comfortable winner in the end, under Frankie Dettori. The field was taken along by last year’s Derby runner-up Dee Ex […]
  • Threat on top in the Gimcrack Stakes - Threat confirmed his proven Pattern race class as he landed the Group Two Gimcrack Stakes at York. The Coventry Stakes and Richmond Stakes runner-up gained a deserved first Pattern success with a comfortable victory under Oisin Murphy. Threat tracked the leaders and when asked to quicken, he readily beat Lord […]
  • Maximum field declared for £1 million Sky Bet Ebor - King’s Advice faces 21 rivals as he goes for his ninth win of 2019 in the first £1 million Sky Bet Ebor at York this Saturday. The historic 14-furlong contest is the richest Flat handicap ever run in Europe and takes place on day four of the Welcome To Yorkshire […]
  • Search For A Song hits the right note in the Galtres Stakes - There was a second victory in the Listed British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes for Dermot Weld, as Search For A Song ran out a convincing winner at York. Ten fillies and mares lined up for this race over an extended 11 furlongs. From the break it was […]

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

  • Roaring Lion loses his fight against colic - On a sad day for racing, Tweenhills Stud has announced that last year’s Champion Three Year-Old, Roaring Lion, has been put to sleep in New Zealand. The four year-old had stood for one season at Tweenhills Stud near Gloucester, before travelling to New Zealand where he was set to cover […]
  • Strong clearance rate at Tattersalls Ascot August Sale - Tattersalls Ascot August Sale concluded the summer sales season with improved results across many key indicators. The aggregate concluded on £555,100 (+31%), the average on £5,001 and the median on £2,800 (+12%). The clearance rate was an impressive 90%. The top Lot of the day was the Godolphin consigned UNIVERSAL […]