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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

  • Horse Racing Ireland outlines 2019 budget - Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)’s budget for 2019, approved at its Board meeting on Monday December 10, prioritises racecourse capital development, prizemoney, integrity and equine welfare, industry training and education, broadening the interest of the sport, and point-to-points. Prizemoney will rise by €2.9 million, to a figure of €66.1 million, with […]
  • Tip Two Win all set for Qatar return - Tip Two Win, who proved himself one of the world’s best racehorses by finishing second in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket last May, will be the star attraction at the two-day Qatar International Derby Festival at Al Rayyan Racecourse in Doha at the end of next week. Trained in […]
  • Camelia De Cotte impresses at Cork - Camelia De Cotte dominated from start to finish and ran out a ready winner of the Grade Three Kerry Group Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase at Cork. A competitive field of ten went to post for this two-mile race. The exciting Camelia De Cotte took the field along for much […]
  • Min made to fight for John Durkan victory - Min, on his seasonal return, had to fight hard to hold off the mare Shattered Love, in the Grade One John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase. Five lined-up for this 2 ½ mile contest. Balko Des Flos took the field along from Shattered Love and Min, with The Storyteller next and […]

UK Racing News

  • A summary of Cheltenham on Friday - The International got underway at Cheltenham today with a seven-race programme running from 12.10pm through to 3.40pm. It was a great day for local trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies, who enjoyed a double. Both winners were partnered to victory by his son Sam. Action was staged on the New Course, which was […]
  • The New One out to make history in tomorrow’s Bula Hurdle - Admirable 10-year-old The New One bids for an unprecedented fourth victory in the £140,000 Bula Hurdle (3.05pm, eight runners) at Cheltenham tomorrow, in what could be his final racecourse appearance. The New One (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Sam Twiston-Davies) captured the near two-mile, one-furlong (2m 179y) highlight in 2013, 2014 and 2016, and […]
  • Crystal Cup concludes on day one of The International tomorrow - The International gets underway at Cheltenham tomorrow, with a seven-race programme running from 12.10pm through to 3.40pm. Last season’s Grand National third Bless The Wings (Gordon Elliott IRE/Mr Jamie Codd, 11st 12lb) heads the weights in the £35,000 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase (3.05pm, 11 runners). Staged over three miles […]
  • 15 stand their ground for the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup - A field of 15, the highest number since 2011, is set to go to post for the £130,000 Caspian Caviar Gold Cup (1.55pm), the handicap chase highlight staged over an extended two and a half miles of the New Course at Cheltenham on Saturday. Baron Alco (Gary Moore/Jamie Moore, 11st) […]
  • Informative Fast-Track Qualifier in prospect at Newcastle on Saturday - All-Weather stalwart Watersmeet features among an excellent field of nine chasing Fast-Track Qualifier success in the £25,000 Betway Stayers Conditions Race (12.55pm) at Newcastle this Saturday. The winner of the extended two-mile Tapeta contest is guaranteed a free start in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships over the same distance […]
  • BHA publishes review of the Cheltenham Festival - The central areas of focus for the review fell across six broad categories: the courses; the obstacles; participant factors; starts, safety factors and race tempo; programming and race conditions; and veterinary histories and protective measures. The detailed analysis covered all races run at the Festival from 2007 to 2018, including […]

Latest Features

  • November Racing Review - British Racing Definitly Red wins incident-packed Charlie Hall Chase Definitly Red ran out a game winner of an incident-packed Grade Two bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby. Just four horses lined up for this three mile race with a rich history, but four quickly became three, as Double Shuffle crashed […]
  • Big Race History: Ladbrokes Trophy - 2017 saw the first renewal of the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, after Hennessy ended 60 years of sponsorship of what was known as the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup. The history of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, perfectly illustrated how a race gains reputation and significance as a prestige event. […]
  • Big Race History: Betfair Chase History - The Betfair Chase (registered as the Lancashire Chase) has a short history but one packed with quality. The race has quickly established itself as an elite contest and one which regularly attracts the very best staying chasers from England and Ireland. One only needs a quick glance at the roll […]
  • Ian Watkinson: Memories of a golden era for jumps racing - The 1970s must have been a very special era for jumps racing fans. The Champion Hurdle picture was never rosier and over time, became known as the Golden Era for hurdling. But what was it like for jumps jockeys? Course-Specialist was hugely privileged recently to catch up with Ian Watkinson, […]

Bloodstock News

  • Highest Priced National Hunt Mare Of 2018 Tops Strong Goffs December NH Sale - The 2018 sales year at Goffs finished on a high note today, with a second record price in as many days at the December National Hunt Sale. While yesterday’s trade was headed by the most expensive foal in the sale’s history at €90,000, today it was the turn of the […]
  • Keeneland January Sale Catalogue adds 11 supplemental entries - Keeneland has announced 11 supplemental entries to the catalogue for the January Horses of All Ages Sale, which will be held from January 7th to 10th, 2019. With the additions, a total of 1,565 horses, including champion Abel Tasman, have been catalogued to the auction, which offers broodmares and broodmare […]