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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.

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International Racing News

  • Faugheen to skip Punchestown- Faugheen will miss next week’s Punchestown Festival and instead go on a summer break. Willie Mullins tweeted that the 2015 Champion Hurdle hero, such an impressive winner of the Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown 12 months ago, will not defend that title. Faugheen pulled up at Aintree in early April and […]
  • Mullins big guns left in Punchestown’s Champion Chase- Willie Mullins has left his big guns Douvan, Min and Un De Sceaux engaged in Tuesday’s BoyleSports Champion Chase at the Punchestown Festival. Twelve horses remain in the two-mile showpiece. Douvan has not been seen in competitive action since chasing home Un De Sceaux when in this corresponding race last […]
  • No stall at workout as Beauty Generation rolls towards Champions Mile- By David Morgan Beauty Generation’s final fast work before Sunday’s FWD Champions Mile was not quite as billed after trainer John Moore changed his plan following a phone conversation with big-race jockey Zac Purton. “It was a little different to the work I had in mind earlier in the week […]
  • Santa Ana Lane draws wide for FWD Champions Day assignment at Sha Tin- Santa Ana Lane will have to overcome a wide berth if he is to win the Chairman’s Sprint Prize at Sha Tin on Sunday. The Freedman camp is not fazed though: “Better 10 than one,” Sam Freedman, trainer Anthony Freedman’s son, said after the world’s top-rated sprinter drew 10 of […]

UK Racing News

  • Cyrname to miss Altior clash- The much-anticipated clash between Cyrname and Altior will have to wait for next season after Paul Nicholls rules the former out of Saturday’s Celebration Chase due to the ground. The Ditcheat chaser is the highest-rated chaser in training, with two breathtaking performances at Ascot, most recently in the Grade One […]
  • Racing Together gears up for record Community Day with two weeks to go- Racing Together Community Day is a day on which racing businesses – such as racecourses, charities and major stakeholders – are encouraged to volunteer their time to participate in events which benefit their local communities. In doing so it provides racing charities and businesses across Britain with an opportunity and […]
  • Telecaster set for Dante Stakes- Hughie Morrison has reported that Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Dante Stakes entry Telecaster is in fine fettle ahead of a potential tilt at the £165,000 York feature on Thursday, May 16th. The son of New Approach, who inflicted a nine-length defeat on some fancied rivals in a Windsor novice last […]
  • Barney Roy set for Charlie Appleby debut- Barney Roy is on the cusp of his racing comeback and could run at Ascot next Wednesday, for trainer Charlie Appleby. The five-year-old is entered in the Listed Paradise Stakes at Ascot, the where he recorded Group One victory in the 2017 St James’s Palace Stakes, when trained by Richard Hannon. […]
  • York’s Dante meeting full of Knavesmire stars- A host of horses with previous winning form at York remain engaged in the Group Two contests that are the highlights of the upcoming Dante Festival that will be staged on the Knavesmire between Wednesday 15th and Friday 17th May. Last season’s champion two-year-old, Too Darn Hot, remains the stand-out […]
  • 24 fillies left in the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas- Irish trainer Sheila Lavery will be bidding for her first ever winner in Britain when she saddles Lady Kaya, one of 24 fillies to stand their ground following yesterday’s scratching stage for the Group 1 QIPCO 1,000 Guineas, which will take place at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Sunday, 5th […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: 1,000 Guineas- Inaugurated five years after the colts’ Classic the 2,000 Guineas, the 1,000 Guineas takes place over the same Rowley Mile at Newmarket but is exclusive to three year old fillies. Nowadays the race takes place on the Sunday after the 2,000 Guineas. It is the second of Britain’s five Classic races, and […]
  • Big Race History: 2,000 Guineas- The 2,000 Guineas Stakes forms the first leg of the English Triple Crown for colts and is the first of the five English Classics to be run each year. As befits its standing, the Guineas is a Group 1 flat horse race open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance […]
  • Memory Lane: Barry Hills remembers Tap On Wood- The 1979 Flat racing season was a glorious one in terms of quality. Le Moss ruled the staying division after his Gold Cup victory over Buckskin, while Troy was an outstanding colt over middle distances. But the year was also memorable for the arrival on these shores of the young […]
  • Memory Lane: Mark Johnston remembers Mister Baileys- The first colts’ Classic of the year has been won by all shapes and sizes, but invariably the common denominator over the past 30 years has been that the winner came with a prohibitive price tag from an early age. That was not the case in 1994, as the instantly […]

Bloodstock News

  • Record Top Price Headlines Strong Doncaster Breeze Up Sale- A new record top price of £450,000 along with another three horses selling for £200,000 or more saw today’s Goffs UK Breeze Up Sale at Doncaster produce significant gains on last year’s figures and a new record average. Longways Stables’ Siyouni filly out of the listed winning mare Fig Roll […]
  • Grade One victory for Tattersalls Ireland graduate Honeysuckle- Remaining unbeaten, Derby Sale graduate HONEYSUCKLE produced her best performance to date, lining up with some top class mares and coming out on top to win the Grade 1 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championship Final at Fairyhouse and in doing so, gave Rachael Blackmore her first Irish […]