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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

  • Ghaiyyath back with a bang - Ghaiyyath confirmed the promise of his juvenile career, as he made a successful belated reappearance, in the Group Three Prix du Prince D’Orange at ParisLongchamp. Seven three year old colts contested this 1 ¼ mile event, with four of the field hailing from the UK. As the race got underway, […]
  • My Sister Nat on top at ParisLongchamp - My Sister Nat was given a fine tactical ride to win the Group Three Prix Bertrand de Tarragon at ParisLongchamp. Eight fillies lined-up for this nine-furlong race. Hadith was soon to the fore and took the field along at a good clip from fellow Godolphin runner Expressiy and Adorable. As […]
  • Broadway lands Gowran Park Group Three - Broadway was delivered late to land the Group Three Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes at Gowran Park. Eleven fillies and mares went to post for this race, just over a mile in distance, but with stamina at a premium in the ground. At the break it was […]
  • Jungle Cat and James Doyle triumph in Group One in Australia - Star sprinter Jungle Cat has stormed to victory in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield, his second success at the top level in 2018. The six-year-old son of Iffraaj, trained by Charlie Appleby, is now a Group 1 winner on two continents, having come to Melbourne off his last-start […]

UK Racing News

  • Former Gold Cup winner Coneygree a Down Royal possible - Coneygree, winner of the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup, could return to action at Down Royal, in early November. The Grade One Jnwine.com Champion Chase, on November 3rd, has been pencilled-in as a possible return date for the eleven year old. Coneygree has suffered a succession of setbacks since winning the […]
  • Newmarket good to soft ahead of Cambridgeshire Meeting - The Official Going on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile is currently Good to Soft ahead of the three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting which begins on Thursday 27th September. Michael Prosser, Clerk of the Course at Newmarket Racecourses, said: “We have had 10mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours which has changed the going […]
  • Kessaar stars on Mill Reef Stakes Day - Persistent rain proved no barrier to a great afternoon of racing on day two of the Dubai Duty Free International Weekend at Newbury on Saturday, with several top-quality performances and thrilling finishes featuring in an action-packed eight-race card. 2.55pm £75,000 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes (Group Two) 6f The […]
  • Dead-heat in the Ayr Gold Cup - Son Of Rest and Baron Bolt could not be separated as they shared the spoils in a memorable renewal of the William Hill Ayr Gold Cup. A field of 25 took part in this traditional six-furlong cavalry charge, on heavy ground. At the off, it was Muntadab and Teruntum Star […]
  • Mr Lupton denies retiring Take Cover at Newbury - Mr Lupton won a shade cosily in the Group Three Dubai International Airport World Trophy Stakes. Ten horses contested this five-furlong race, which was possibly the final career start for the terrific Take Cover. Take Cover was fast from the gates and soon into a length lead from Mrs Gallagher. […]
  • Queen Of Bermuda impressive at Ayr - Queen Of Bermuda put up an authoritative performance to readily land the Group Three William Hill Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr. Eleven juvenile fillies took part in this six-furlong race on heavy ground. At the off it was Shumookhi who went on with Light My Fire, as the field […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Middle Park Stakes - As the British Flat Season draws towards its close, a series of Group 1 contests help to define the leading juveniles of the year and often play a significant role in shaping the ante-post winter markets for the following year’s Classics. Among these races is the Middle Park Stakes, a […]
  • Big Race History: Cheveley Park Stakes - The arrival of autumn on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse is always a keenly anticipated time, particularly as far as the juveniles go. For autumn at Newmarket is a defining time when the best two year old colts and fillies from the summer bring various bits of form together and clash […]
  • A growing force at Headquarters: Amy Murphy Racing - Having taken the decision to strike out as a trainer, it did not take Amy Murphy long to hit the mark. In August 2016, Course-Specialist reported on Amy’s plans to set up as a dual-purpose trainer, in Newmarket, that autumn. Within weeks, she was training winners, with the mare Kalane […]
  • Irish Champions Weekend Review - Leopardstown Sparkle’n’joy gives Irish Champions Weekend lift off for Jessica Harrington Sparkle’n’joy showed tremendous heart to battle back and win the Listed Ballylinch Stud Irish EBF Ingabelle Stakes at Leopardstown. A field of sixteen two year old fillies took part in this seven furlong contest, which got the LONGINES Irish […]

Bloodstock News

  • Substantial gains continue on Day 11 of Keeneland September Yearling Sale - A filly by Mucho Macho Man sold for $170,000 to lead Friday’s 11th session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, which realized another session of tremendous growth in gross, average and median. Keeneland sold 287 yearlings Friday for a total of $5,313,000, a 151.57 percent increase from the 11th session […]
  • Listed winners Naturally High and Spotify added to Arqana Arc Sale - As a result of the Wild Card system, the Arc Sale will have the addition of black-type winners SPOTIFY and NATURALLY HIGH at Saint-Cloud on October 6th. A recent third in La Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte where he was beaten by group winners GOLDEN LEGEND and ROBIN OF NAVAN, SPOTIFY is […]