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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

  • Charles Byrnes eyes up further valuable handicap success at Dublin Racing Festival - The entries and weights for the handicap races at the Dublin Racing Festival at Leopardstown on Saturday, February 2nd and Sunday, February 3rd have been announced this afternoon. Charles Byrnes could well bid for a repeat win with Off You Go in the Ladbrokes Hurdle on the opening afternoon. The […]
  • Free entry to BoyleSports Irish Grand National on offer to Punchestown winner - Image supplied by HRI Race sponsors BoyleSports are to offer free entry to the BoyleSports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday, April 22nd, to the winner of the €100,000 BoyleSports Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Punchestown on Sunday, February 10. Entries for the race close this Wednesday, […]
  • Camelia De Cotte in a league of her own at Thurles - Camelia De Cotte continued her prolific run of form with a bloodless victory in the Grade Two Order Of St George Coolmore NH Sires Irish EBF Mares Novice Chase at Thurles. Seven lined-up for this 2 ½ mile race. Camelia De Cotte and Paul Townend were soon at the head […]
  • Tout Est Permis edges it at Thurles - Tout Est Permis got the call in the tightest of finishes to the Grade Two Horse & Jockey Hotel Chase at Thurles, better known as the Kinloch Brae Chase. With Invitation Only a late defector, a field of seven went to post for this 2 ½ mile contest. As they […]

UK Racing News

  • King and Henderson looking forward to Saturday’s Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham - Cheltenham Racecourse stages Festival Trials Day this Saturday, January 26th, with the fantastic seven-race programme offering racegoers the final opportunity to attend the Home of Jump Racing ahead of the Cheltenham Festival (Tuesday, March 12th to Friday, March 15th). The feature contest on Festival Trials Day is the £100,000 BetBright […]
  • Dingo Dollar “all set” for Saturday’s Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster - Dingo Dollar is one of 14 five-day acceptors for the feature Listed Sky Bet Chase (3.15pm) at Doncaster this Saturday. The prestigious three-mile handicap chase, with boosted record prize money of £100,000 in 2019, headlines a quality seven-race Doncaster programme which also includes three Grade Two contests and the Sky […]
  • Newcastle All-Weather to host Tropics - Sprint perennial Tropics (Dean Ivory/Robert Winston) is out to make his mark again in 2019, being one of seven runners in the £30,000 Betway Conditions Race (5.45pm) at Newcastle tomorrow. The five-furlong Tapeta contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier, with the winner guaranteed a free and automatic place in the £150,000 […]
  • Clyne set for Rendlesham Hurdle with proviso of rain - Evan Williams is keen for classy hurdler Clyne to participate in the Rendlesham Hurdle at Haydock, on February 16th. However, the nine year-old will only be seen if there is rain in the North West, which provides some much-needed ease in the ground. The trainer said: “He will go to […]
  • Paisley Park and Jarveys Plate targeting Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham - Sun Racing Stayers’ Hurdle hope Paisley Park is set to test his credentials in £60,000 galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle (3.35pm), which forms part of an excellent seven-race card at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 26th. Paisley Park, trained by Emma Lavelle, has been successful on all three of his […]
  • Henderson eyes Sandown warm-up for Buveur D’Air - Buveur D’Air is set to warm-up for his bid to win a third Champion Hurdle, with an outing in the Contenders Hurdle at Sandown Park. The eight year-old, suffered a shock defeat when beaten by stable mate Verdana Blue, in the Christmas Hurdle, at Kempton Park, on Boxing Day. He […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Clarence House Chase - Formerly known as the Victor Chandler Chase, this 2 mile 1 furlong signature chase gives the month of January some real impetus and began life in 1989 with a renewal that still stirs the pulse. That first renewal saw a dramatic and titanic finish between the popular Panto Prince and […]
  • 2018 Two Year Old Colts Review - The 2018 Turf Flat Season overall proved somewhat of a disappointment to Course Specialist. The Classic generation produced one or two outstanding performers, but none of the five English Classic winners triumphed again on the racecourse. The two year old picture, in many ways, was a high point, with some […]
  • November Racing Review - British Racing Definitly Red wins incident-packed Charlie Hall Chase Definitly Red ran out a game winner of an incident-packed Grade Two bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby. Just four horses lined up for this three mile race with a rich history, but four quickly became three, as Double Shuffle crashed […]
  • Big Race History: Ladbrokes Trophy - 2017 saw the first renewal of the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, after Hennessy ended 60 years of sponsorship of what was known as the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup. The history of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, perfectly illustrated how a race gains reputation and significance as a prestige event. […]

Bloodstock News

  • First Group of Fasig-Tipton’s Kentucky Winter Mixed Supplemental Entries Now Online - Fasig-Tipton has catalogued an initial 47 entries for its 2019 Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale supplemental catalogue, which may now be viewed online. Fasig-Tipton will continue to accept supplemental entries through this week. These new entries, catalogued as hips 430-476, include racing and/or broodmare prospects, in-foal mares, and short yearlings. These […]
  • Graded weekend success for Tattersalls Ireland graduates - Tattersalls Ireland graduates enjoyed a successful weekend on the track with wins in Grade 2, 3 and Listed company across Ireland and Great Britain. On Saturday at Warwick, OK CORRAL maintained his unbeaten chasing record when taking the Listed Hampton Novices’ Chase for trainer Nicky Henderson and owner JP McManus. […]