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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

  • Siyarafina retires to stud- Siyarafina’s brief racing career is at an end, as she has been retired to the Aga Khan’s breeding paddocks. The daughter of Pivotal created plenty of interest in a four-race career, winning at Saint-Cloud and ParisLongchamp, before landing the Group One Saxon Warrior Coolmore Prix Saint Alary in late May […]
  • Star Catcher set for Irish Oaks supplement- John Gosden is set to supplement his Ribblesdale Stakes winner Star Catcher, for Saturday’s Group One Kerry Gold Irish Oaks at the Curragh. Gosden said of the daughter of Sea The Stars: “The plan is to supplement tomorrow (Tuesday) morning.” Owner-breeder Anthony Oppenheimer will pay 40,000 euros and commented: “Mr […]
  • Iridessa into unchartered waters in the Irish Oaks- Dual Group One winning filly Iridessa, is set to step up to a mile and a half for the first time, in Saturday’s Kerrygold Irish Oaks at the Curragh. Winner of the Fillies’ Mile at two, Iridessa failed to make a mark over a mile earlier this season, but was […]
  • Cheltenham winner City Island set to go chasing- Cheltenham Festival winner City Island appears likely to go chasing in the autumn, trainer Martin Brassil has stated. The six-year-old ran out an impressive winner of the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Prestbury Park in March. Speaking after saddling a winner at Sligo on Sunday, Brassil said: “City Island is enjoying […]

UK Racing News

  • Ventura Rebel bids to give Fahey a fourth Weatherbys Super Sprint- Richard Fahey is hoping Ventura Rebel has all the attributes needed to give him a fourth win in Saturday’s Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury. The Norfolk Stakes runner-up is set to tackle the traditional cavalry charge for the Weatherbys Super Sprint, rather than Sunday’s Prix Robert Papin at Maisons Laffitte. […]
  • Who Dares Wins a Newbury possible- Who Dares Wins could bid to add to his recent Northumberland Plate victory in the Marsh Cup at Newbury on Saturday. Alan King’s seven-year-old is a winner over hurdles at the Berkshire course, but reached a career best when landing the Plate at Newcastle. Part-owner Henry Ponsonby said: “If the […]
  • Oisin Murphy to partner Japanese hope in the King George- Oisin Murphy, who rode in Japan last winter, is set to partner Japanese hope Cheval Grand in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday week. Murphy made a big impression whilst in Japan and will partner the 2017 Japan Cup winner. Murphy said: “I’m looking […]
  • A Group One autumn campaign likely for Kurious- Connections are content to bide their time with the progressive three year-old filly Kurious. The Henry Candy-trained filly has won at Listed and Group Three class at Sandown Park, most recently landing the Coral Charge. The filly is now set for a break, with big autumn targets in mind, including […]
  • Veracious heading to the Sussex Stakes- Veracious is likely to line-up in the Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes on her next appearance. The Sir Michael Stoute trained four year-old filly, landed a first career Group One, when landing the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on Friday. Speaking on Racing TV’s Luck On Sunday programme, Stoute indicated […]
  • Charlie Appleby keeps faith in Masar- Charlie Appleby is far from writing off Masar’s comeback, after the four year-old finished last of six in the Group Two Princess Of Wales’s Tattersalls Stakes at Newmarket. Last year’s Investec Derby winner had an eventful return from injury, when fifth in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot, but had […]

Latest Features

  • Book review: Best Horses of the Decade 1990 – 1999- By John Crofts, published by Miralgo Publications Relive a golden era for horse racing in John Crofts’ outstanding celebrationof the nineties decade. An era which delivered the magnificence of brilliant French champions such as Hector Protector, Helissio, Peintre Celebre, Montjeu, Arazi and Zafonic. From the start of the decade, a […]
  • Cheveley Park Stud – delivering equine excellence- The Cheveley Park Stud racing colours have been a fabric of the British racing scene for decades and the stud farm itself, located just outside of Newmarket, in the village of Cheveley, has a wealth of history. Course Specialist was privileged to recently catch up with Chris Richardson, Managing Director […]
  • Big Race History: The Darley July Cup- One of the rare delights of the English summer is to go racing at Newmarket’s July Course, where there is a distinctly laid-back approach to racing. The highlight of the course’s programme is the July Festival which takes place in the second week of that month each year. And the […]
  • York ready to celebrate the 60th John Smith’s Cup- It has become a significant handicap during the course of the season and a well-trodden path to future stardom. As York prepares to stage this diamond jubilee race, we take a look behind the scenes, at the history of this great race. When did John Smith’s first sponsor the race? […]

Bloodstock News

  • Tattersalls Ireland August NH Sale catalogue now online- The three-day August National Hunt Sale 2019 will take place from Tuesday 13th August until Thursday 15th August, starting at 10am each day. The catalogue is now online and available in hard copy from Friday 18th July.  The August National Hunt Sale continues to be a constant and affordable source […]
  • Goffs Breeze Up-sold Red Cactus wins Swedish Derby- The Doncaster Breeze Up Sale’s superb season on the track continued with a coveted Classic victory with the Scandinavian trained Red Cactus winning the Swedish Derby. Trained by Bent Olsen, the 3YO son of Hard Spun came into the Derby as favourite after winning the Derby trial, also a leg […]