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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

  • Albigna heads into winter quarters with Classic aspirations for 2020 - After a jet-setting juvenile campaign, Albigna is now settled into her winter quarters as connections dream of 1,000 Guineas glory next spring. The Jessica Harrington-trained daughter of Zoffany, won the the Group Two Airlie Stud Stakes at the Curragh and the Group One Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp, before coming […]
  • Frankie Dettori among world’s best set for LONGINES IJC - A stellar line-up featuring some of the world’s greatest jockeys will contest the LONGINES International Jockeys’ Championship (IJC) at Happy Valley Racecourse on Wednesday, 4th December. Among the all-star cast is Frankie Dettori – riding in off perhaps the best season of his long and storied career – who is […]
  • Battleoverdoyen works hard for Florida Pearl success - Battleoverdoyen had to work hard but eventually came home well on top in the Grade Two Liam & Valerie Brennan Memorial Florida Pearl Novice Chase at Punchestown. Seven took part in this 2 ¾ mile contest. As the tapes went up it was Dandy Mag who went into the lead […]
  • Stormy Ireland a classy winner at Punchestown - Stormy Ireland made all and skipped away for a comfortable win in the Listed Frontline Security Grabel Mares Hurdle at Punchestown. Five went to post for this 2 ¼ mile race, with two runners each from Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins. Stormy Ireland and Barra were the early leaders, with […]

UK Racing News

  • Denman Gates to open at Newbury’s Ladbroke’s Winter Carnival - Denman, the only horse since Arkle to win two runnings of the Hennessy Gold Cup, has been permanently remembered at Newbury Racecourse by a specially commissioned set of iron gates which have been named after him. The memorial to the legendary chaser stand at the North Entrance and will be […]
  • Ascot could be next for Harambe - Greatwood Hurdle winner Harambe could head to the Betfair Exchange Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Ascot next month. Trainer Alan King is thinking of running in the valuable event at Ascot on December 21st, after the seven-year-old stayed on well up the Cheltenham hill to land the Greatwood late on. “Harambe […]
  • Wholestone could head to Dipper Chase on New Year’s Day - Wholestone could return to Cheltenham on New Year’s Day for the Grade Two Dipper Novice’s Chase, after his success there at the November Meeting. Nigel Twiston-Davies is considering dropping the eight year-old down to 2 ½ miles, telling Press Association: “Another novice chase will be difficult to find with him, […]
  • Altior and Cyrname stand their ground for Ascot clash - Altior and Cyrname remain firmly on collision course as two of the five entries for the Grade 2 Christy 1965 Chase at Ascot, on Saturday. Nicky Henderson’s dual Two-Mile Champion, remains engaged in the Betfair Chase at Haydock on the same day, while the stable could also run Top Notch […]
  • Hat-trick seeking Bristol De Mai heads select six for Betfair Chase - Bristol De Mai (Nigel Twiston-Davies) is the Evens favourite with sponsor Betfair as he bids to win the £200,000 Betfair Chase (3.00pm, six confirmations) for the third consecutive year at Haydock Park this Saturday, Betfair Chase Day. The eight-year-old grey, who races in the familiar green colours of owners Simon Munir […]
  • Group One winners headline superb field for British Stallion Studs EBF Hyde Stakes - Accidental Agent and Librisa Breeze, both successful in Group One races at Ascot, feature among a full field of 14 for the £Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Hyde Stakes (6.10pm) at Kempton Park on Wednesday. The mile Polytrack contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for Finals Day, with the winner receiving […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Betfair Chase - The Betfair Chase (registered as the Lancashire Chase) has a short history but one packed with quality. The race has quickly established itself as an elite contest and one which regularly attracts the very best staying chasers from England and Ireland. One only needs a quick glance at the roll […]
  • The Breeders’ Cup Big Race History - Hollywood Park, California, welcomed the inaugural gathering of the world’s finest thoroughbreds back in October 1984. The meeting commenced after several spectacular years at the North American yearling sales, which had seen stud farms enjoy extraordinary returns. The event was an instant hit – multi-million dollar prize money in the […]
  • Big Race History: Vertem Futurity Trophy - First run in 1961 as the Timeform Gold Cup, the Vertem Futurity Trophy, at Doncaster Racecourse, is the final Group One race of the UK turf flat season and a pointer to the following season’s Classics. Contested over a mile, it was founded by Phil Bull, the creator of Timeform, […]
  • In focus: Hunting Hill Stud - The recent fine effort from Magic Dawn, in a big Newmarket handicap, underlined the growing prowess hailing from Hunting Hill Stud. Located in Castletownroche, in Fermoy, County Cork, the stud farm covers almost 100 acres. Run by Connor Quirke and Kathryn Birch, the stud farm has a long history. Course […]

Bloodstock News

  • Strong horses in training day gets Arqana Autumn Sale underway - The opening day of the Autumn Sale, dedicated to horses in training on the flat and over jumps, returned a solid set of figures headed by an 88% clearance rate and average price of €34,829, up 47% from the same day last year. Turnover for the day was €5,607,500, 45% […]
  • Caravaggio colt tops opening day of Goffs November Foal Sale - A top price of €100,000 and a significant rise in clearance rate were among the highlights of the opening day of Goffs November Foal Sale. A colt from the exciting first crop of the multiple Group 1 winning Caravaggio topped proceedings when Altenbach Bloodstock’s Lot 88 (pictured) out of the […]