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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

  • Surprising Soul and Ross Geraghty win Grade One in Belmont - Surprising Soul and Ross Geraghty made virtually all the running to win the Grade One Lonesome Glory Handicap Chasee at Belmont. Nine took part in this 2 ½ mile race with plenty of ex-British and Irish runners and Rachael Blackmore competing. After a false start, it was Scorpiancer who led […]
  • Record entries in Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Final - A record of 77 two-year-olds are entered for the fifth running of the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Final at Naas Racecourse, with a prize-fund of €120,000. It is a timely reminder, before the yearling sales start next week, that horses purchased for €72,000 or less will be eligible […]
  • Irish EBF launches exciting new opportunities for two-year-olds in 2020 - The Irish EBF have announced a significant boost to the two-year-old programme for 2020 with a newly revamped median sires race series consisting of 24 races with a minimum prize-fund of €25,000 per race. In addition there will be a new exciting €200,000 two-year-old median sires race at Naas racecourse […]
  • Savarin set for Prix Marcel Boussac - Trainer Andre Fabre looks set to run his exciting, unbeaten filly Savarin in the Prix Marcel Boussac, at ParisLongchamp. The daughter of Deep Impact, out of the smart Sarafina, is unbeaten in two starts, although she scrambled home on the second of those, in a Group Three at the same […]

UK Racing News

  • Kalashnikov on-track for Old Roan Chase return - Amy Murphy is readying her star chaser Kalashnikov for a return in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree next month. The Newmarket trainer reports the six year-old to be in good form having done well over the summer. He will be returning to the scene of his Grade One triumph […]
  • Hugo Palmer favouring Fillies’ Mile bid with Powerful Breeze - Hugo Palmer is currently in favour of supplementing Powerful Breeze for the Group One bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket after her superb victory in the Group Two May Hill Stakes at Doncaster. Two years ago the double was completed by John Dance’s magnificent filly Laurens and Palmer is keen to […]
  • Encapsulation storms to victory in the Doonside Cup - Encapsulation stormed to success in the Listed William Hill Doonside Cup Stakes at Ayr. The Andrew Balding-trained three-year-old filly raced up with the pace from an early stage, which was set by Forest Ranger and Big Country. But the long-time leaders faded with a furlong to run and Ben Curtis […]
  • Pierre Lapin aims to emulate Harry Angel in Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes - Pierre Lapin will emerge from a four month absence to try to build on a strong first impression by emulating his illustrious half-brother Harry Angel in the Group 2 Dubai Duty Free Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. The Roger Varian-trained juvenile looked an exciting prospect on debut when […]
  • Shaun Parker appointed as BHA Head of Stewarding - The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that, following an extensive, global recruitment process, Shaun Parker – Chief Stipendiary Steward for the National Horseracing Authority of South Africa based in Durban – has been appointed as its new Head of Stewarding. Having begun his career as a Stipendiary Steward […]
  • Magna Grecia set to return in the QEII Stakes - Aidan O’Brien is priming Magna Grecia’s return to the track in the Queen Elizabeth IInd Stakes. The colt won the Qipco 2,000 Guineas in earloy May, before finishing fifth in the Irish equivalent at the Curragh. However, he was reported to have suffered a hamstring injury and has not been […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Cheveley Park Stakes - The arrival of autumn on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse is always a keenly anticipated time, particularly as far as the juveniles go. For autumn at Newmarket is a defining time when the best two year old colts and fillies from the summer bring various bits of form together and clash […]
  • Big Race History: Middle Park Stakes - As the British Flat Season draws towards its close, a series of Group 1 contests help to define the leading juveniles of the year and often play a significant role in shaping the ante-post winter markets for the following year’s Classics. Among these races is the Middle Park Stakes, a […]
  • SADDLE UP FOR THE HENRY CECIL OPEN WEEKEND 2019 IN NEWMARKET - On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September horseracing’s HQ throws open its door for the Henry Cecil Open Weekend in Newmarket. Saddle up for a weekend of exploring behind the scenes and great entertainment. During the Open Weekend, recently re-named to commemorate one of Newmarket’s iconic trainers, visitors will get […]
  • NEWMARKET LAUNCHES THE GOLD SEASON - Racing fans always look forward to this time of the year as top class horse racing returns to Newmarket’s historic Rowley Mile Course. Some of the finest thoroughbreds in the world will be gracing the turf there over the coming weeks. As summer turns to autumn, the hues change too. […]

Bloodstock News

  • Maclean’s Music colt tops Keeneland Sale on Thursday - Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale continued to produce healthy results on Thursday as Cromwell Bloodstock became the session’s leading buyer with the single purchase of a colt by Maclean’s Music for $300,000. Eaton Sales, agent, consigned the colt, who is out of the Indian Charlie mare Woodford County and from the […]
  • Outwork colt headlines Wednesday at Keeneland September Yearling Sale - The lively atmosphere at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale continued Wednesday on the ninth day of the auction, which was highlighted by the sale of a colt from the first crop of Outwork to Charles Marquis for $220,000. Keeneland sold 290 yearlings today for $12,880,500, for an average of $44,416 […]