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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

  • Rathvinden back with Bobbyjo Chase success - Rathvinden made the perfect comeback as he landed the Grade Three Betvictor Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse. Six went to post for this three-mile, one-furlong race. At the off it was Alpha Des Obeaux who led Outlander and the mare Magic Of Light. Settling down, Alpha Des Obeaux opened up a […]
  • Way Back Home too good at Fairyhouse - Way Back Home made every yard of the running for a dominant victory in the Grade Three Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse. Six horses took part in this two-mile contest. At flag fall, it was Way Back Home who led from Authorizo and Our Legend. There was no real […]
  • A summary of today’s big race action from Meydan - Spotify makes most for Dubai Millennium Stakes successful Spotify showed guts aplenty to hold on in the Group Three Dubai Millennium Stakes at Meydan. A field of eight went to post for this 1 ¼ mile race on the turf, with Godolphin responsible for six of them. From the gates […]
  • Go Another One bags Thurles feature - The improving Go Another One ran out a clear-cut winner of the Grade Three Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle at Thurles. Six lined-up for this 2 ½ mile contest and it was Harrie who narrowly led from Denwork and Go Another One, as the field took the first flight. Settling […]

UK Racing News

  • Good Friday or Dubai next for Wissahickon - Wissahickon continued his domination of the middle-distance category of this season’s All-Weather Championships with an impressive victory in the £100,000 Group Three Betway Winter Derby (3.15pm) on Polytrack at Lingfield Park. The four-year-old Tapit colt gained a third straight win over 10 furlongs at Lingfield Park when very readily beating […]
  • Walt a spirited winner at Kempton - Bottom weight Walt put in a game performance to land the Grade Three 888Sport Handicap Chase at Kempton Park. Ten took part in this three-mile contest. At the start it was Didero Vallis who led with Double Shuffle, with Walt racing between the pair and then Catamaran Du Seuil. The […]
  • Wissahickon powers home in the Winter Derby - Wissahickon continued to outclass his all-weather rivals with a brilliant performance in the Group Three Betway Winter Derby Stakes at Lingfield Park. Seven horses lined-up for this 10-furlong contest, one of the biggest all-weather races of the season. At the break it was Wissahickon who burst through, but Hathal and […]
  • Crosspark lands a bittersweet Eider Chase - Crosspark got the better of a cracking climax to land the Vertem Eider Handicap Chase at Newcastle. A field of sixteen contested this 4-mile and half a furlong marathon. Daklondike was reluctant to line-up with the rest of the field and had to be led in from behind. As the […]
  • Southfield Stone overcomes last flight blunder in the Dovecote - Southfield Stone was a game winner of the Grade Two Sky Bet Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle at Kempton Park. Eight assembled for this two-mile contest, with the highly-regarded Angels Breath leading a field of intriguing potential talent. At the off, it was Southfield Stone who led from Angels Breath to the […]
  • Fusil Raffles storms to Adonis victory - Fusil Raffles turned the Grade Two 888Sport Take ‘Em On Adonis Juvenile Hurdle into a procession at Kempton Park. Twelve four year-olds contested this two-mile race. Rose Sea Has led from Petit Palais for much of the contest. With three to jump, the long-time leader continued to travel well, with […]

Latest Features

  • 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 […]
  • Brian Barr Racing: The pursuit of continual improvement and training excellence - Training is all about progression, learning new things and developing facilities, to give every horse an opportunity to succeed and to encourage new owners. In the Blackmoor Vale, North Dorset, Brian Barr and his partner Daisy, have been gradually building up their accumulated experience, whilst converting the facilities at Tall […]
  • Big Race History: Betfair Hurdle - The Betfair Hurdle has long been regarded as one of the biggest, most lucrative handicap hurdle races to win in the British jumps racing calendar. The Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race is open to horses aged four years or older and often attracts a fascinating mix of progressive novice hurdlers, established handicappers and would-be Champion […]
  • Qatar Bloodstock and Tweenhills Stud: Gearing up for a fantastic 2019 - In deepest Gloucestershire, on a freezing cold January morning, the future has arrived at Tweenhills Stud. As the sheep nonchalantly graze in the paddock next to the gates, a small dog patters casually around the yard. Overlooking this scene are six young stallions, set to take Qatar Bloodstock and Tweenhills […]

Bloodstock News

  • Fabulous February for the second year in a row at Tattersalls Cheltenham - Tattersalls Cheltenham 2019 sales season opened with fabulous results at the Cheltenham February Sale. The joint second highest price for a point to pointer was recorded for the consecutive year of £410,000. The sale concluded with an increased median of £66,000 (+2%), an exceptional average of £101,680 and an aggregate […]
  • 30-day foal notification central to enhancing high animal health standards - As of January 2019, breeders are required to notify Weatherbys Ireland General Stud Book within 30 days of the birth of a foal born in Ireland and bred for racing. Information gained will improve transparency and traceability around the care that breeders and owners provide to thoroughbreds at all stages […]