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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

  • Aintree a possible target for Castlegrace Paddy- Queen Mother Champion Chase runner Castlegrace Paddy, could head to Aintree following his sixth-placed effort at Cheltenham. Pat Fahy’s gelding had earlier landed the Grade Two Hilly Way Chase win at Cork in December, but arrived at the festival last week off the back of a fall at Leopardstown in […]
  • Pat Smullen sets race riding goal- Pat Smullen hopes to one day return to riding as a jockey, once he has completed his cancer treatment. The nine-time champion Flat jockey in Ireland, based with Dermot Weld, ceased riding in March 2018, following the discovery of a tumour. While he is now on the road to recovery, […]
  • City Island to head to Punchestown- Cheltenham Festival winner City Island, is set to round-off his season with a run at the Punchestown Festival. The six-year-old impressed in beating Champ in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle last week. Now trainer Martin Brassil is eyeing the Punchestown Champion Novice Hurdle. “I was hoping he could go to Cheltenham […]
  • 2019 Irish Flat season launched at historic Currabeg Stables- The stables of John Oxx on the edge of the renowned Curragh training grounds was the venue for the launch of the new Irish Flat season this afternoon. The 2019 season begins at Naas on Sunday where the €100,000 Tote Irish Lincolnshire is the most valuable event on the eight-race […]

UK Racing News

  • Grand National schooling fences in place at four different venue across Britain and Ireland- Grand National schooling fences in place at four different venue across Britain and Ireland Special Grand National schooling fences are now available for use at four different venues across Britain and Ireland. The fences are for any trainer to school horses entered in the three races run over the Grand […]
  • Listed winners set for Lingfield on Saturday- Corinthia Knight and Gracious John, both successful at Listed level on the All-Weather, feature in an excellent 10-strong field for the £19,000 Betway Casino Handicap (3.45pm), highlight of Lingfield Park’s six-race card on Saturday. Six of the runners in the five-furlong Polytrack contest have a BHA rating of 102 or […]
  • Godolphin harbour high hopes for Ghaiyyath- One-time Derby hope Ghaiyyath, has returned from Dubai and is being prepared for a run in the Group 2 Prix d’Harcourt at Longchamp on April 7th. Injury delayed Ghaiyaath’s 2018 debut but he was in good form in the autumn, winning the Group 3 Prix du Prince d’Orange at the […]
  • Peter O’Sullevan Lambourn Open Day returns in style- Peter O’Sullevan Lambourn Open Day returns in style Lambourn kicks off Easter Weekend in style, on Good Friday, 19th April 2019, by opening its doors to the public for 29th The Peter O’Sullevan Lambourn Open Day. This annual Berkshire charity event, which was heavily affected by rain in 2018, gives […]
  • Cliff Stud and Thirsk Racecourse sign three-year sponsorship deal for Thirsk Hunt Cup- An historic Helmsley-based stud farm, once owned by horse racing legend Sir Henry Cecil, has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Thirsk Racecourse to back Thirsk’s most prestigious race, the Thirsk Hunt Cup, until at least 2021. Set in 220 acres above Helmsley, Cliff Stud specialises in foaling, and with […]
  • Newmarket Racecourses and Tattersalls expand partnership- Newmarket Racecourses is delighted to announce that it has agreed a new three-year partnership with Tattersalls that will see Europe’s leading thoroughbred auction house expand its sponsorship portfolio at the Home Of Horseracing. The new agreement will see Tattersalls increase their presence at the prestigious Moët & Chandon July Festival, […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Cheltenham Gold Cup- Cheltenham week attracts just under a quarter of a million race goers for the Festival each March, with the Friday the busiest day when the Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place. The race is regarded as the Blue Riband of National Hunt steeple chasing and has over the years attracted the […]
  • Big Race History: Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase- Inaugurated in 1959, the Queen Mother Champion Chase has established itself as one of the highlights of the entire National Hunt season. This two mile championship race leaves no margin for error and there have been numerous occasions where a small mistake has cost any chance of winning. The 2 […]
  • Big Race History: The Champion Hurdle- The Cheltenham Festival is always keenly awaited and the highlight of the opening day since 1980 has been the Champion Hurdle. The race has developed into the premier hurdle race in the calendar and always attracts the cream of the hurdlers from Ireland and the UK. The Champion Hurdle is […]
  • Tom Walls: Stage star with a Derby dream- by Gus Dalrymple “I’m rich,” mused Tom Walls as he sat in a deckchair on a first-class deck sipping champagne poured by watchful stewards on the voyage home to England, “and now all the Aussies on board want my autograph! Bit different from when the bilge in steerage was all […]

Bloodstock News

  • Sonru tops Tattersalls Ascot March Sale- Tattersalls Ascot March Sale concluded with a top price of £50,000 and an impressive clearance rate of 82% with 126 of the 154 horses offered sold. The aggregate concluded on £936,300, the median on £3,500 and the average on £7,258. Sonru impressed with his 25-length victory in the five-year-old Geldings […]
  • Fifty-two wildcard entries complete Thursday’s Tattersalls Ascot Sale- The first Tattersalls Ascot March Sale of the year takes place this Thursday at 10.30am and has attracted a strong catalogue of over 190 horses which has been greatly enhanced by the addition of fifty-two wildcard lots. The Sale will offer quality Flat & NH Horses in Training, Point to […]