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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

  • Tiz The Law slams Florida Derby rivals - Trainer Barclay Tagg has a bona fide Derby candidate following the authoritative win of Tiz The Law in the Grade One Curlin Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. A dozen lined-up for this nine-furlong race on the dirt, often a significant trial for the Kentucky Derby. From the gates Tiz The […]
  • Shout The Bar all heart in the Vinery Stud Stakes - Shout The Bar was a determined winner of the Group One Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill. Thirteen three year-old fillies contested this race over 1 ¼ miles. From the break it was Shout The Bar who went on, with Funstar and Asiago, with Probabeel fourth. Shout The Bar continued to […]
  • Verry Elleegant storms to Tancred Stakes victory - Verry Elleegant made a quick return from last weekend’s second to Addeybb in the Ranvet Stakes, to land the Group One Kia Tancred Stakes at Rosehill. Nine horses lined-up for this 1 ½ mile contest, with plenty of ex-European runners in the field. Ex-Sir Michael Stoute runner Mirage Dancer was […]
  • More Group joy for Marquand in Australia - Tom Marquand’s Australian odyssey continued with further Group success at Rosehill. Just a week on from riding a Group-race double for William Haggas, at the same venue, Marquand landed a decisive victory aboard Holyfield, in the Group Three Schweppervescence Handicap for Ciaron Maher and David Eustace. The two year-old found […]

UK Racing News

  • Peter Beaumont trainer of Jodami, passes away - Sad news has broken of the passing of Peter Beaumont, the man who trained Jodami to Cheltenahm Gold Cup glory in 1993. The Yorkshire Post reported that Beaumont passed away peacefully at Springhill Court, Easingwold, at the age of 85. Beaumont never maintained a large string of horses, but trained […]
  • A squint into racing’s crystal ball - In troubled times, an irreverent look at what could be in store for racing in 2020. August arrives and with it, the resumption of racing. After a dry three months, the heavens of course consent to open, just in time for Royal Ascot at Goodwood. Enable wins her third King […]
  • Henderson looks to the long term with Epatante - Trainer Nicky Henderson is already looking ahead to next season’s campaign for Epatante, as he plots her defence of her Champion Hurdle crown. The six year-old mare made it four consecutive wins in the race for owner JP McManus, with Henderson’s dual winner Buveur D’Air sidelined through injury. Ahead of […]
  • Popular veteran Loose Chips retires - Trainer Charlie Longsdon has announced the retirement of his grand stable stalwart, Loose Chips, at the age of fourteen. A bold, front-runner, with a love of Kempton and Sandown, he was set to have one more run at Newbury this weekend, before British racing was called off. Writing on his […]
  • ITV Racing to broadcast five races from Thurles on Saturday - ITV Racing will broadcast five races from Thurles on Saturday 21st March, on air from 1.30-4pm on ITV4. Ed Chamberlin will present the show, which will be produced in the UK with the smallest possible team. As well as racing from Thurles, the team will look back at the recent […]
  • Some thoughts on the implications of coronavirus on racing - As of March 18th, 2020, there will be no horse racing in the UK, until early May at the earliest. We already know of specific race meetings that will not take place, but here are some thoughts on other implications. At this point, there is no certainty over how long […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: The Grand National - No race in the world compares with the drama, sense of history and achievement of winning the Grand National. Whilst the 30 formidable fences have been modified and the course is now less than 4 and a half miles, the race still attracts a worldwide audience and victory is still […]
  • Course Specialist’s 2019-20 National Hunt Review - A season which offered much, delivered in spades and finished early, albeit packed with stories and emerging stars. Long before the nights began to draw in and the flat turf petered out, reigning Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls had set out his stall as his grand chaser Black Corton, had put […]
  • Catching up with a grey legend: Grands Crus - In a quiet, tucked-away corner of Gloucestershire, an almost white horse, unassumingly wanders in a paddock, without a care in the world. During a particularly muddy winter, it has been hard to maintain those sleek looks, but he later looks a picture, back in his box, flanked by two mares, […]
  • Reflections on the 2020 Cheltenham Festival - The 2020 Cheltenham Festival has taken place. Crowns have slipped, new champions crowned. Crowds enthralled, crowds returning home with memories anew. For everyone one of them, it was a relief, a blessing, to make that annual, escape from the normal. Even more so in these times. The Sword of Damocles […]

Bloodstock News

  • Killer Kane tops the Cheltenham Festival Sale at £300,000 - Solid trade was witnessed at the Cheltenham Festival Sale held in the winner’s enclosure. The evening concluded with an aggregate of £2,195,000, a median of £115,000 and an average of £146,333. The highlight of the evening came from Donnchadh Doyle’s Killer Kane (Lot 21). The Oscar five year-old made an […]
  • Darley stallion Fast Company passes away - Top-class juvenile and prolific sire Fast Company has sadly been euthanised at the age of fifteen, after his health deteriorated markedly from an existing medical condition. Trained at two by Brian Meehan, Fast Company won on his debut in July by three lengths at Salisbury before stepping up to Group […]