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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

  • Lanigan targets the Pretty Polly Stakes with Worth Waiting- David Lanigan is targeting the Group One Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh with his smart filly Worth Waiting. Worth Waiting won four races on the trot last term, before her run was ended in the Prix Vermeille. She looked every bit as good on her return, when landing […]
  • Nominations open for 2019 Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards- Nominations are now open for the 2019 Irish Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards and can be made online at www.studandstablestaffawards.ie. The awards encompass 10 categories which carry prizemoney of over €80,000. 2019 marks the fifth year of Godolphin’s sponsorship of the Irish Stud and Stable Staff Awards which will […]
  • Large turnout for National Racehorse Trainer Open Morning- Over 2,000 racing fans and potential racehorse owners got to go behind the scenes at training yards across the country on Saturday, May 18th, for the inaugural National Racehorse Trainer Open Morning. 28 trainers opened their doors to the public, the first time that such widespread access has been provided.  […]
  • Morgan Le Faye impresses again in the Prix Corrida- Morgan Le Faye confirmed herself one of France’s leading older fillies and mares with another impressive victory in the Group Two Prix Corrida at Saint-Cloud. Six went to post for this 10 ½ furlong race. As the race got underway, it was Golden Legend who went on from Tosen Gift, […]

UK Racing News

  • Hardwick Stakes a possibility for Southern France- Despite giving Stradivarius plenty to think about in the Yorkshire Cup, Southern France could drop in trip for the Hardwicke Stakes, at Royal Ascot, next month. Trainer Aidan O’Brien was delighted with the four year-old’s run at York and felt the colt showed plenty of pace. “Southern France ran well […]
  • No decision imminent on Frankellina Oaks bid- A decision on whether or not Frankellina will run in the Investec Oaks, is unlikely to be made before the weekend. The William Haggas trained daughter of Frankel ran with great credit despite her inexperience, when a close second to Nausha, in the Musidora Stakes at York. Owner Anthony Oppenheimer […]
  • Line Of Duty still a Derby possible- Charlie Appleby has not ruled out a Derby bid with his Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Line Of Duty. The son of Galileo beat only one home in last week’s Dante Stakes at York, but Appleby is willing to give the colt extra time before making decision on Epsom. He said: […]
  • Goodwood set for a thrilling May Festival- Goodwood Racecourse is gearing up for three outstanding days of action with the May Festival, which runs from Thursday, May 23rd to Saturday, May 25th inclusive. Thursday’s feature race is the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes (4.20pm, 13 entries) over just short of 10 furlongs for three-year-old fillies. Named after […]
  • Calyx and Kachy to star at Haydock Park on Saturday- A magnificent seven-race programme at Haydock Park this Saturday, is headed by the £Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes (4.00pm, seven confirmations) over the minimum distance of five furlongs. Racegoers are also set for a treat with the hugely-exciting Calyx (John Gosden) set to put his unbeaten record on the line in […]
  • Dream Of Dreams lands Windsor feature- Dream Of Dreams won a tactical battle for the Listed Weatherbys Hamiolton Stakes at Windsor. A field of six went to post for this six furlong prize. From the gates it was Foxtrot Lady who broke best and was joined up front by Glorious Journey. Foxtrot Lady held the overall […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: The Epsom Derby- Every June, the culmination of four years of meticulous planning and dreams come to fruition for one thoroughbred racehorse, while those of countless others fall by the wayside. The Epsom Derby is the race to win, coveted and feted around the world; it is the route to instant stardom for […]
  • Big Race History: The Oaks- The Oaks Stakes preceded the Epsom Derby by one year, being first raced in 1779 and is consequently steeped in history and prestige as the forerunner to numerous “Oaks” races around the world which are exclusively for the very best fillies. The event is named after The Oaks, an estate located to the […]
  • Memory Lane: Indian Skimmer- Throughout his illustrious training career, Sir Henry Cecil nurtured the careers of countless great fillies and mares. One In A Million, Fairy Footsteps, Oh So Sharp, Diminuendo, Snow Bride, All At Sea, Bosra Sham, Lady Carla, Sleepytime, Reams Of Verse, Ramruna, Love Divine, Light Shift, Timepiece and Midday all spring […]
  • Big Race History: Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes- The Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes is the first Group One mile contest for older horses, in the British racing calendar. The race takes place at Newbury and attained Group One status in 1995, the same year that it became exclusive to horses of four years and older. The event is […]

Bloodstock News

  • Arqana’s Auteuil Sale is topped by Fontaine Collonges- Lot 1 FONTAINE COLLONGES knocked down for €180,000 Offered by Fabrice Foucher, who was notably UN DE SCEAUX’s first trainer, a bay mare launched the 2019 Auteuil Sale. This four-year-old AQPS won on the flat on May 9 at Le Lion d’Angers over 2400m. She is by Saddler Maker and […]
  • Tattersalls Ireland May Store Sale hailed a huge success- The second renewal of the May Store Sale more than consolidated the young sale’s place in the calendar showing improved returns on it’s 2018 debut. The median increased by 15% increase to €15,000, there was an improvement of 16% in the average to €17,663 and the aggregate of €2,563,200 was […]