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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

  • Voix Du Reve impresses in the Craddockstown - Voix Du Reve made all to land the Grade Two Betway Craddockstown Novice Chase at Punchestown. Five went to post for this two mile chase. As the tapes went up, Voix Du Reve went on from Hardline and Cadmium. That was the order with a circuit to race. Voix Du […]
  • Gold Mount ready to show something en route to LONGINES Hong Kong Vase - By Steve Moran Trainer Richard Gibson is optimistic that recent stable acquisition Gold Mount can take a positive step towards LONGINES Hong Kong International day in Sunday’s BOCHK Jockey Club Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin. Gold Mount, who had his first run for Gibson when three and three-quarter lengths fifth […]
  • Time Warp and Glorious Forever square up for round two at Sha Tin - By David Morgan It’s a case of “Seconds out: Round two” in the BOCHK Jockey Club Cup (2000m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (18 November) when Glorious Forever will attempt to reverse a round one defeat to Time Warp in the battle of the brothers. The latter landed a points […]
  • Colin Keane is ready to make a LONGINES IJC impact - Colin Keane will follow in the footsteps of storied compatriots when he embarks for Hong Kong and the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship at Happy Valley (Wednesday, 5th December). The Irishman, 24, is the sole newcomer among the world class line-up of international talent featuring Ryan Moore, Javier Castellano, Hugh Bowman […]

UK Racing News

  • Ibis Du Rheu experience tells - Past Cheltenham Festival winner Ibis Du Rheu got back to winning ways today, landing his first success since the big meeting in March, 2016. The seven-year-old, whose most recent success came in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle at The Festival, landed the mallardjewellers.com Novices’ Chase, becoming trainer Paul Nicholls’ […]
  • Quel Destin Triumphs at Cheltenham - Quel Destin became Paul Nicholls’ fifth winner of the Grade Two JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle, taking the two-mile contest from Cracker Factory by a length and a quarter. The Muhtathir three-year-old, who was ridden by Harry Cobden, was bought from France in late summer and was having his third […]
  • A look ahead to Sunday’s Shloer Chase at Cheltenham - Tomorrow sees the 10th running of the Shloer Chase, and the Grade 2 two-mile chase has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated races in the calendar. It has been won by some of the best two-milers, starting with the David Pipe-trained Well Chief in 2009 and including the […]
  • Josh Moore and Jerry McGrath preview the BetVictor Gold Cup - Joshua Moore is relishing the opportunity to partner the progressive Baron Alco in today’s feature race, the £160,000 BetVictor Gold Cup (2.25pm) at Cheltenham on day two of The November Meeting. Trained by his father Gary, the seven-year-old son of Dom Alco finished second in the 2017 Brown Advisory & […]
  • Cheltenham Friday Review - The Young Master back to winning ways The Young Master has raced back to form this season, winning at Chepstow recently and then landing today’s Markel Insurance Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase. The Sam Waley-Cohen-ridden winner beat Station Master and Walk In The Mill by eight lengths and 14 lengths. The […]
  • Rather Be heads maximum field for BetVictor Gold Cup - Rather Be heads a maximum field of 20 going for glory in the £160,000 BetVictor Gold Cup, staged over two and a half miles at Cheltenham this Saturday, November 17th, day two of The November Meeting. Rather Be (Nicky Henderson/Jeremiah McGrath, 11st), has not raced since going down by a […]

Latest Features

  • Memory Lane: Another Coral and Waterloo Boy - There is something wonderfully humbling to be in the presence of an old racing warrior. To know his battles, the miles travelled, the races he won and lost – and the reasons why, is to know why the great races are so remembered. It is all about context and great […]
  • Penzance: From Cheltenham Triumph to showjumping glory - Many readers will remember Penzance landing the 2005 Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. It was a race to remember for his trainer Alan King, who commented that he thought the winning line would never arrive, as Faasel bore down on the flashy chesnut. But Penzance, owned by Elite Club […]
  • 2018 Breeders’ Cup Review - Friday Bulletin makes big news in the Juvenile Turf Sprint Bulletin made every yard of the running for a smart victory in the Listed Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs. The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships got underway with this new race, over 5 ½ furlongs. Thirteen two […]
  • October Racing Review - British Racing News Laurens all heart again in Sun Chariot Stakes victory Laurens once again demonstrated all of her finest racing attributes as she landed a fifth Group One victory with a battling performance in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket. Nine fillies took part in this […]

Bloodstock News

  • Let’s Dance sells for €200,000 to complete an outstanding November NH Sale - The strong trade seen throughout the week at the four-day Tattersalls Ireland foal sale continued apace into today’s one-day mares session of the November NH Sale, the competitive bidding producing a record-breaking average of €23,923 (+55%) and a median of €13,000 (+100%), huge gains on 2017’s renewal. The turnover increased […]
  • Showcasing breeding right sold for €240,000 at Arqana Online - Arqana’s online sales continued today with a breeding right to Showcasing on offer. Already the sire of 16 Group winners including the outstanding sprinters Quiet Reflection, Advertise and Soldier’s Call, the son of Oasis Dream, which is based at Whitsbury Manor Stud, will stand for an increased fee of £55.000 […]