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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

  • Star Catcher makes all for Irish Oaks glory - Star Catcher and Frankie Dettori seized the initiative from the start to win the Group One Kerrygold Irish Oaks at the Curragh. The fourth Irish Classic of 2019, attracted a field of eight three year-old fillies, over 1 ½ miles. As the race got underway, it was Peach Tree who […]
  • Romanised back to winning ways in the Minstrel Stakes - Romanised put a couple of unlucky runs behind him to land the Group Two Paddy Power Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh. There were plenty of familiar names among the ten runners, for this seven furlong race. All The King’s Men quickly asserted in this race and moved into a four […]
  • Roman Turbo wins a thriller for the Anglesey Stakes - Roman Turbo came with a late flourish to win the Group Three Jebel Ali Racecourse and Stables Angelsey Stakes at the Curragh. Seven two year-olds participated in this six-furlong contest. Real Appeal was well away, but it was Mount Fuji who soon took up the running, chased by Lil Grey. […]
  • Mohawk back on-song in the Meld Stakes - Mohawk ran out a convincing winner of the Group Three Meld Stakes at Leopardstown. A field of seven contested this race over nine-furlongs, remembering one of the great Irish racing mares. As the race got underway, it was Ancient Spirit who was best away and set the pace from Zihba […]

UK Racing News

  • A summary of Newbury on Weatherbys Super Sprint Day - Bargain buy Bettys Hope hits the jackpot for Millman Rod Millman, whose 1997 Weatherbys Super Sprint victory with Lord Kintyre sustained his business for 22 years, secured the windfall that could keep him going for another 22 years when Bettys Hope got up on the line to give him a […]
  • Fairytale success for Bettys Hope in the Super Sprint - Bettys Hope, purchased for a pittance, landed a major prize as she just got up in the Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes at Newbury. 24 juveniles lined-up for this five-furlong dash. From the gates Electric Ladyland and Daddies Diva were among the leaders with Mighty Spirit and Never In Paris, racing […]
  • Casablanca Mix gives Henderson a first Summer Plate at Market Rasen - Casablanca Mix put up a fine performance to win the Listed Betway Summer Plate Handicap Chase at Market Rasen. A field of fourteen ran in this race over two miles and five furlongs. As the race got underway, Darcy Ward and More Buck’s were up with the early pace, along […]
  • Waldpfad causes a German shock in the Hackwood Stakes - There was an unexpected German trained winner of the Group Three bet365 Hackwood Stakes, as Waldpfad stormed clear at Newbury. Ten took part in this six-furlong race. From the break it was Recon Mission who led down the centre of the track from Barbill and Donjuan Triumphant. Recon Mission continued […]
  • Dame Malliot slams rivals in the Aphrodite Stakes at Newmarket - Dame Malliot, on her turf debut, turned the Listed Ric and Mary Hambro Aphrodite Fillies’ Stakes into a procession at Newmarket. A field of twelve fillies and mares contested this 1 ½ mile race. The race got underway with Dance Legend to the fore, but soon passed by Skill Set […]
  • Grapevine storms home in the Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen - Grapevine was produced with perfect timing, to land the Listed Betway Summer Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen. Fifteen took part in this valuable contest over just shot of two miles and a furlong. As the tapes went up, it was Chef De Troupe who led from Cardigan Bay at the […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes - Although the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes was only inaugurated in 1951 and is relatively young in terms of prestige races in the UK, its status as a middle distance championship contest is uncontested. A quick look at the list of successful horses in the contest is all the […]
  • Book review: Best Horses of the Decade 1990 – 1999 - By John Crofts, published by Miralgo Publications Relive a golden era for horse racing in John Crofts’ outstanding celebrationof the nineties decade. An era which delivered the magnificence of brilliant French champions such as Hector Protector, Helissio, Peintre Celebre, Montjeu, Arazi and Zafonic. From the start of the decade, a […]
  • Cheveley Park Stud – delivering equine excellence - The Cheveley Park Stud racing colours have been a fabric of the British racing scene for decades and the stud farm itself, located just outside of Newmarket, in the village of Cheveley, has a wealth of history. Course Specialist was privileged to recently catch up with Chris Richardson, Managing Director […]
  • Big Race History: The Darley July Cup - One of the rare delights of the English summer is to go racing at Newmarket’s July Course, where there is a distinctly laid-back approach to racing. The highlight of the course’s programme is the July Festival which takes place in the second week of that month each year. And the […]

Bloodstock News

  • High-class initial entries for Goffs UK Goodwood Sale now online - The first group of selected entries for the second annual Goffs UK Goodwood Sale, which will be held at the ‘Glorious’ Qatar Goodwood Festival on Wednesday 31st July, are now available to view online. To be held in the winners enclosure immediately after racing on Qatar Sussex Stakes day, the […]
  • Increases across the board at Tattersalls Ascot July Sale - Two horses shared the top prices at Tattersalls Ascot July Sale selling for £55,000 a piece. The sale concluded with gains across the board; the aggregate rose 96% to £982,700, whilst the average of £8,121 showed an impressive increase of 93%. The clearance rate was a healthy 81%.  The first […]