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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

  • Mullins run continues as Cabaret Queen lands the Munster National - A great weekend continued for Willie Mullins, as his first-reserve Cabaret Queen, stormed to a decisive victory in the JT McNamara Ladbrokes Munster National Handicap Chase at Limerick. The mare was always prominent and jumped for fun in testing conditions, that left her rivals toiling.  Under Paul Townend, the seven […]
  • Eleventh victory for Varna in the Velka Pardubicka - Theophilos delivered a remarkable eleventh victory for trainer Josef Varna, in the 129th running of the Velka Pardubicka. In an exciting finish, the nine year-old, under Josef Bartos, got up to deny Stretton by 1 ¼ lengths, with just ½ a length back to Chicname de Cotte in third. The David […]
  • Tango all-set for Breeders’ Cup run after Curragh victory - Tango dropped in class to land the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Legacy Stakes at the Curragh. The No Nay Never filly had finished fourth in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes on her prior start and was in control a long way out here, winning by six lengths from […]
  • Dewhurst-placed Arizona and Wichita could head to Breeders’ Cup - The Dewhurst Stakes form could be tested fairly quickly, with the news that Aidan O’Brien is contemplating running second the third, Arizona and Wichita, at the Breeders’ Cup in Santa Anita. The duo were beaten two lengths and two and three-quarter lengths respectively by Pinatubo, in the Dewhurst t Newmarket. […]

UK Racing News

  • Roger Varian feels ground blunted Molatham - Roger Varian is keeping the faith with his smart juvenile Molatham, despite his disappointing run in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket. The trainer feels that soft ground hindered the chances of the son of Night Of Thunder, on his first start over a mile and after some fine earlier efforts. […]
  • Flash The Steel shines in the Silver Trophy for the Skeltons - Flash The Steel gave brothers Dan and Harry Skelton another big race victory in the Grade Three Cotswold Stone Supplies Ltd Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Chepstow. This always competitive race attracted a field of 17 over two-miles 3 ½ furlongs. The Knot Is Tied, Chic Name and Remastered took […]
  • Jarvey’s Plate puts down a marker at Chepstow - Jarvey’s Plate burst a big bubble whilst asserting his own pretensions over fences, in the Listed Low Cost Vans Novices’ Chase at Chepstow. Three went to post for this race over two-miles and three furlongs, including the smart former novice hurdler Reserve Tank. Posh Trish took the trio along for […]
  • Feliciana De Vega caps a memorable day for Beckett and Bentley - Feliciana De Vega stormed to an emphatic victory in the Group Three Darley Stakes, to crown a remarkable day for trainer Ralph Beckett and jockey Harry Bentley, at Newmarket. Eleven took part in this nine-furlong contest. Dolphin Vista and Matterhorn cut out much of the running, but with two furlongs […]
  • Richenza powers to victory in the Boadicea Stakes - Richenza made it three wins on the card for trainer Ralph Beckett, as she landed the Listed Dubai British EBF Boadicea Stakes at Newmarket. This race for fillies and mares attracted a field of 15 runners over six furlongs.  Richenza powered up the stands’ rail to win in emphatic style […]
  • Another Cesarewitch for Mullins as Stratum times it to perfection - Willie Mullins made it back to back victories in the Emirates Cesarewitch Stakes at Newmarket, as Stratum completed an amazing couple of days for jockey Jason Watson. A field of 30 horses took part in this historic 2 ¼ mile race, the second leg of the Autumn Double. Another Mullins […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Dewhurst Stakes - Now recognised as the race that most likely defines the champion two year old colt of Britain and Ireland each season, the Dewhurst Stakes is a race that also plays a significant role in establishing likely contenders for the following year’s 2,000 Guineas and Derby. Raced over the straight 7 […]
  • Prepare yourself for another stellar Tattersalls October Yearling Sale - As the leaves turn to various hues of gold, the pulse begins to race for bloodstock and racing fans alike, with a magical series of sales and races. Newmarket has launched the Gold Season for 2019 which truly depicts the magnificent atmosphere, world class racing, outstanding sales and often glorious […]
  • Big Race History: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe - There are championship races and there are championship races. Some are manufactured and establish significance on account of monetary value; but others are steeped in history and prestige. The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp falls into the latter category and simply has always been essential in defining […]
  • Newmarket’s Open Weekend brings the horses and public together - Walking on Warren Hill at 7am was a truly magical experience, with the only noise the breeze on a picture perfect, glorious autumn morning. Oh to be able to bottle the very essence of Warren Hill, its natural beauty, its peace and quiet, its exclusiveness and its history – imagine […]

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