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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

  • Fox Champion delivers German 2,000 Guineas glory for Richard Hannon and Oisin Murphy- There was Classic glory for Richard Hannon and Oisin Murphy, as Fox Champion led a clean sweep for British runners in the German 2,000 Guineas at Cologne. Fox Champion, having his firsts start over a mile, was given a positive ride by Murphy and dictated the pace throughout. He was […]
  • Aidan O’Brien outlines plans for Guineas winners- Aidan O’Brien is set to run his Newmarket Guineas winners Magna Grecia and Hermosa in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas and 1,000 Guineas respectively. O’Brien is assembling a strong Ballydoyle team for the Group One races at the Curragh next weekend, with Magna Grecia bidding to add the Irish Guineas […]
  • So Perfect impresses in the Lacken Stakes- So Perfect completed a fine Pattern afternoon for Aidan O’Brien, with an impressive victory in the Group Three Goffs Lacken Stakes at Naas. Ten took part in this six furlong event. As the race got underway, it was Empire Line who broke best and led So Perfect and Western Frontier. […]
  • Feu Follet powers to Grade One success at Auteuil- Feu Follet was different class to his rivals as he ran riot in the Grade One Prix Alain Du Breil – Course de Haies de Printemps des Quatre Ans at Auteuil. Nine four year-olds took part in France’s premier race for juvenile hurdlers, over two miles, 3 ½ furlongs. Pat […]

UK Racing News

  • The Tin Man bids for a Windsor hat-trick- Popular Group One winner The Tin Man, makes his seasonal return in Windsor’s Listed Weatherbys Hamilton Stakes on Monday, bidding to complete a hat-trick in the race. The James Fanshawe trained seven year old landed the spoils in 2016 and a year later and has won Group One races in […]
  • Mustashry lands an eighth Lockinge Stakes for Sir Michael Stoute- Sir Michael Stoute extended his extraordinary record in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes to eight victories, 33 years after he secured his first, when Mustashry saw off the challenge of superstar filly Laurens to claim a stirring renewal of Newbury’s Flat showpiece on Saturday. Mustashry pulled two and a half […]
  • Jash back with a win- Jash had to work hard but showed a willing attitude to win the Listed Betway King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket. Five horses contested this seven furlong race which saw the reappearance of last season’s Middle Park Stakes runner-up Jash. Azano soon took the field along with Watan. However, coming […]
  • Raise You impresses at Newmarket- The Andrew Balding trained Raise You dominated from start to finish and was an authoritative winner of the Listed Betway Fairway Stakes at Newmarket. An intriguing field of six three year olds went to post for this 1 ¼ mile contest, with Al Hilalee making a quick return to the […]
  • A summary of Newbury on Friday- Keifer rekindles Melbourne Cup dreams Owner-breeder Spencer Chapman, who narrowly missed out on a famous win in the 2008 Melbourne Cup when Bauer was beaten a nose, hopes to return to Australia with a new candidate after Keifer secured his first victory at Newbury on Friday. The half-brother of Bauer, […]
  • Wild Illusion to gallop on Rowley Mile tomorrow morning- A trio of high-class fillies from the powerful Charlie Appleby stable will gallop at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 9am. On what is the morning of the final day of spring racing at the Rowley Mile before the focus switches to the July Course, three Godolphin fillies […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: The Oaks- The Oaks Stakes preceded the Epsom Derby by one year, being first raced in 1779 and is consequently steeped in history and prestige as the forerunner to numerous “Oaks” races around the world which are exclusively for the very best fillies. The event is named after The Oaks, an estate located to the […]
  • Memory Lane: Indian Skimmer- Throughout his illustrious training career, Sir Henry Cecil nurtured the careers of countless great fillies and mares. One In A Million, Fairy Footsteps, Oh So Sharp, Diminuendo, Snow Bride, All At Sea, Bosra Sham, Lady Carla, Sleepytime, Reams Of Verse, Ramruna, Love Divine, Light Shift, Timepiece and Midday all spring […]
  • Big Race History: Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes- The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes is the first Group One mile contest for older horses, in the British racing calendar. The race takes place at Newbury and attained Group One status in 1995, the same year that it became exclusive to horses of four years and older. The event is […]
  • Chelsea Thoroughbreds: A great way to get involved in racing- Over the past few years, the Chelsea Thoroughbreds name has made a notable mark in British racing. The instantly recognisable light blue silks with dark blue sleeves and a white cap, have stood out with a series of fascinatingly-named racehorses. Names like Humphrey Bogart, Ernest Blofeld, Mr Scaramanga, Harry Callahan […]

Bloodstock News

  • Arqana’s Auteuil Sale is topped by Fontaine Collonges- Lot 1 FONTAINE COLLONGES knocked down for €180,000 Offered by Fabrice Foucher, who was notably UN DE SCEAUX’s first trainer, a bay mare launched the 2019 Auteuil Sale. This four-year-old AQPS won on the flat on May 9 at Le Lion d’Angers over 2400m. She is by Saddler Maker and […]
  • Tattersalls Ireland May Store Sale hailed a huge success- The second renewal of the May Store Sale more than consolidated the young sale’s place in the calendar showing improved returns on it’s 2018 debut. The median increased by 15% increase to €15,000, there was an improvement of 16% in the average to €17,663 and the aggregate of €2,563,200 was […]