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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

  • Cambier Parc lands the Del Mar Oaks - Cambier Parc completed a Grade One double on the evening for trainer Chad Brown, as she won the Grade One Del Mar Oaks. A field of thirteen three year-old fillies lined up for this 9-furlong contest on the turf. Raymundos Secret took them along with the grey Keeper Ofthe Stars. […]
  • Brilliant Higher Power lifts the TVG Pacific Classic - Higher Power stormed to an emphatic victory in the Grade One TVG Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar. A field of ten horses contested this important 10-furlong race. Quip and War Story were prominent from the gate, with Higher Power settled in third. It was Quip who led the runners […]
  • Dunbar Road dominates in the Alabama Stakes - Dunbar Road was a clear cut winner of the the Grade One Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. A field of nine three year-old fillies went to post for this 10-furlong race on the dirt. From the break it was Dunbar Road to the inside who lead as the field raced through […]
  • Tarnawa on top in the Give Thanks Stakes - Tarnawa returned from over a two-month absence to readily land the Group Three Irish Stallion Farms EBF Give Thanks Stakes at Cork, under Chris Hayes. Tarnawa had not raced since the end of May, when she was well down the field in the Epsom Oaks. However, the daughter of Shamardal […]

UK Racing News

  • Terebellum impresses in the Prix de la Nonette - Terebellum looked a smart prospect on just her third racecourse start, as she ran out a convincing winner of the Group Two Prix de la Nonette at Deauville. A field of eight three year-old fillies took part in this 10-furlong race. Platane was well away and the early leader, but […]
  • Dakota Gold goes one better in the Great St Wilfrid Handicap - Last year’s second was this year’s first as Dakota Gold won the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon. The Michael Dods-trained gelding took the field along from the outset under Connor Beasley and moved clear. Nothing ever really got a blow in and Dakota Gold passed the post […]
  • Three in a row for Thunderous in the Denford Stakes - Mark Johnston drew level with Barry Hills as the most successful trainer in the Denford Stakes – formerly known as the Washington Singer Stakes, when Thunderous extended his unbeaten record to three to give his handler a fourth success in the Listed prize.  The Middleham trainer had previously struck with […]
  • Technician states his St Leger case in the Geoffrey Freer Stakes - Technician looks set to become the latest three-year-old winner of the Unibet Geoffrey Freer Stakes to tackle the St Leger after wearing down Morando to capture the Group 3 prize. The grey put a disappointing run at Goodwood behind him to secure a three quarters of a length victory over […]
  • Glorious Journey lands the Hungerford Stakes - Glorious Journey, a horse who never quite lived up to his seven figure price tag, belatedly  showed himself to be a leading performer at the specialist seven furlong trip with the biggest victory of his career in the Group 2 Unibet Hungerford Stakes. At 2.6 million guineas Glorious Journey was […]
  • Stradivarius heads Lonsdale Cup entries - Stradivarius is the star name in 10 entries for the Group Two Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at York on Friday. The star stayer landed a million pound bonus in 2018, thanks to victories in the Yorkshire Cup, Ascot Gold Cup, Goodwood Cup and Lonsdale Cup – and he is on […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Yorkshire Oaks - The Yorkshire Oaks is one of the major races at York’s prestigious Ebor Festival each August. Established in 1849, the race has been a Group 1 contest since 1971 and is run over a mile and a half. Originally the race was open to three year old fillies, but older […]
  • The Million Pound Race for the Ebor - York’s Ebor Festival now stretches to four days, with the Saturday being added in 2011. The big race of the day is the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap, the race after which the festival gets its name. The big race was first contested in 1843 and for the first time this […]
  • Big Race History: Juddmonte International Stakes - The Juddmonte International Stakes is one of the high points of British summer racing. Inaugurated in 1972, the race began with a dramatic bang and has lived up to its reputation for shocks and thrills and top class racing ever since. Raced on the first day of the York Ebor […]
  • A Royal Command performance – Gary Stevens - As preparations are well under way for the 2019 York Ebor Festival, it is hard to believe that twenty years have passed since Royal Anthem illuminated the Knavesmire with a stunning victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes. His story was part of a much bigger one, as his rider that […]

Bloodstock News

  • A colt by Galileo tops the first day of the August Yearling Sale - The 2019 edition of the August Yearling Sale opened its doors, with the median close to €283,000 recording a 23 per cent rise with the clearance staying solid from 2018. The turnover for the session reached €14,580,000. Top price for a son of Galileo A son of top sire stallion […]
  • Consistent trade at the Tattersalls Ireland August NH Sale - Three days of solid trade at the August NH Sale saw 456 horses sold for an aggregate of €3,777,750 and an average of €8,285. The sale’s median price of €5,500 and the clearance rate of 68 per cent equaled last year’s figures. This year’s Day 3 session produced average and […]