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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

  • Soleil Marin leads home an Andre Fabre one-two in the Prix Exbury- Soleil Marin got the better of his stable mate Magny Cours, to land the Group Three Prix Exbury at Saint-Cloud. Nine took part in this 10 furlong race, which was contested in a blizzard last year. The ground on this occasion was heavy, as the gates broke, with last year’s […]
  • Moyhenna cruises to Grade Two success at Limerick- Moyhenna dictated and dominated proceedings to score an easy success in the Grade Two Charleville Cheese Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase at Limerick. Half a dozen mares took part in this two-mile, six and a half furlong race in heavy ground. At the start it was Sweet Destination who just […]
  • Robin De Carlow keeps up fine Mullins form with Limerick success- Robin De Carlow was patiently ridden to land the Grade Three Kerry Group Irish EBF Shannon Spray Mares Novice Hurdle at Limerick. A field of 12 lined up for this 2 ¾ mile contest in very soft ground. At the off it was Ifyoucatchmenow and Western Victory who set the […]
  • Furore takes the Hong Kong Derby- Furore receved a fine ride from Hugh Bowman to capture the BMW Hong Kong Derby at Sha Tin. A field of 14 four year-olds contested this 1 ¼ mile race. From the break it was Harmony Victory who led with Mr So And So and Mission Tycoon. Settling down, Ka […]

UK Racing News

  • Road To Riches strolls to Carlisle victory- Former top class chaser Road To Riches made his mark in the hunter chase division with a facile success at Carlisle. The 12 year-old, a former dual Grade On winner, who also landed a Galway Plate and was placed in a Ryanair Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup, put his three […]
  • Punchestown a possibility for Paisley Park- Emma Lavelle has not ruled out a Punchestown Festival visit for her Stayers’ Hurdle winner Paisley Park. The seven-year-old was most impressive as he won at the Cheltenham Festival to continue a marvellous season. Lavelle dismissed any notion of Paisley Park running at Aintree in three weeks time, but a […]
  • Connections pay tribute as hunter chase star Pacha Du Polder is retired- Pacha Du Polder, twice a winner of the Cheltenham Foxhunters’ and the horse who Victoria Pendleton famously rode in the same race in 2016, has been retired. The Andy Steward-owned veteran had run a lack lustre race and was pulled up in yesterday’s renewal at the Cheltenham Festival. Trainer Paul […]
  • Potters Corner wins a gruelling Midlands Grand National- An exhausting renewal saw Potters Corner see off the gritty challenge of Ms Parfois, to land the Listed Martson’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter. A field of 19 went to post for this 4 ¼ mile race, which took place in strong winds. As the race got underway, […]
  • Nico De Boinville and Willie Mullins claim Cheltenham crowns- Nico de Boinville, the Holland Cooper Top Jockey at the Cheltenham Festival 2019 with three winners, reacted: “I am over the moon. “You do not come into a week like this thinking you have any sort of a chance [of being top jockey]. You know you have good rides, but […]
  • Winning connections’ celebrate Cheltenham Gold Cup glory- Al Boum Photo provided Willie Mullins with a first victory in Jump racing’s Blue Riband event, the £625,000 Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup following a thrilling two and a half-length victory in the three and a quarter-mile championship chase. Ridden by Paul Townend, the seven-year-old son of Buck’s Boum took the […]

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

  • Phenomenal results at the best ever Cheltenham Festival Sale- The Tattersalls Cheltenham Festival Sale recorded the best ever results on record producing a set of statistics unrivalled with any other edition. The aggregate resulted in £3,410,000 (+7%)  the median finished on £150,000 (+2%) and the average concluded on £162,381 (+3%). The star of the show was Patrick Turley’s mare My […]
  • Keeneland 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale catalogue available online- Keeneland has catalogued 72 juveniles for its 2019 April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, Tuesday, April 9th. The Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale catalogue is available online by clicking here. Print catalogues will be mailed the week of March 18th. This year’s April Sale also will offer […]