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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

  • Aethero’s ready to fly in the LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint - By David Morgan Aethero worked solo down the turf track’s back straight at Sha Tin this morning in a manner which left John Moore satisfied that Hong Kong’s rising sprint star could well make history this weekend. “He went without a work mate because he’s a very fit horse, ready […]
  • City Island chasing bow imminent - Cheltenham Festival winner City Island is set to make his first start over fences at Leopardstown later this month. The six-year-old defeated the Nicky Henderson-trained Champ in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in March, with his rival going on to land a Grade One at Aintree and winning both his starts […]
  • LONGINES Hong Kong International Races – Thursday Track Notes - LONGINES Hong Kong Cup DARK DREAM – HK Completed his first gallop in blinkers, having worn the headgear in a trial last month. Under race day rider Damian Lane, he worked with Class 4 galloper Joyful Heart, stopping the clock in 55.8s (30.2, 25.6) for 800m. Trainer Frankie Lor said: […]
  • Samcro could step up in trip - Gordon Elliott could test his exciting novice chaser Samcro over longer trips this season. The seven year-old was a top class novice hurdler two seasons ago but endured a tough campaign last term, culminating in an early finish, due to a lung infection. Samcro has looked back to his best […]

UK Racing News

  • French raider Be Ahead among 11 in Saturday’s Fast-Track Qualifier at Wolverhampton - French challenger Be Ahead is chasing Fast-Track Qualifier success in the Ladbrokes ‘Play 1-2-Free’ On Football Conditions Stakes at Wolverhampton on Saturday. The six-furlong Tapeta contest hands the winner a free and guaranteed start in the Ladbrokes Three-Year-Old All-Weather Championship over the same distance at Lingfield Park on Finals Day, […]
  • Hollie Doyle sets new record of 107 winners with Southwell victory - Hollie Doyle’s victory aboard Class Clown as Southwell, set a new record set for the most winners in a calendar year by a female jockey, usurping the total set by Josephine Gordon, in 2017. The 23 year-old, who is a Sky Sports Racing Ambassador, brought up her success on the […]
  • Final field of 18 for the Becher Chase - Eighteen horses have been declared for Saturday’s Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree, including the 2017 Grand National winner One For Arthur. Gordon Elliott’s Alpha Des Obeaux shoulders top weight as he drops into handicap company and will be partnered by Richard Johnson. Ben Pauling runs National Hunt Chase winner Le […]
  • Eight confirmed runners for the Tingle Creek Chase - Eight horses will contest Saturday’s Grade One Betfair Tingle Creek Chase, including former winners Un De Sceaux and Politologue. The up and coming Defi Du Seuil is also in the field and renews rivalries with Politologuie, after their fine scrap in Cheltenham’s Shloer Chase. Un De Sceaux won the race […]
  • Tom George mulls options for The Worlds End - Tom George has yet to determine if The Worlds End will take on Paisley Park in the Marsh Hurdle at Ascot. Having won on his return at Wetherby, the eight-year-old came home third to reigning Stayers’ Hurdle winner Paisley Park and Thistlecrack, in Newbury’s Grade Two Long Distance Hurdle. Now […]
  • Simplified deal for apprentice jockeys as new agreements approved for 2020 - Proposals to minimize the risk of unequal relationships and improve the financial situation for apprentices given unanimous approval by BHA Board New deal will give apprentices greater share of prize money and riding fee in return for sole responsibility for their expenses Changes come following 2018 audit which suggested a […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Tingle Creek Chase - Very few race horses attain a level of popularity that thrusts them into the conscience of a wider public audience. Fewer still achieve such a following that a race is named after their exploits. In the 1970’s the two mile chaser called Tingle Creek, illuminated Sandown Park racecourse with a […]
  • Big Race History: Ladbrokes Trophy - 2017 saw the first renewal of the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, after Hennessy ended 60 years of sponsorship of what was known as the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup. The history of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, perfectly illustrated how a race gains reputation and significance as a prestige event. […]
  • 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 […]

Bloodstock News

  • Tattersalls December Sale concludes - The fourth and final session of the December Mares Sale bought the Tattersalls December Sale to a close with a KINGMAN filly heading proceedings. The final session took turnover over the four days of the Mares Sale to almost 58 million guineas, whilst the two-week long December Sale returned more […]
  • Juddmonte Farms draft the highlight on Day 3 of Tattersalls December Mares Sale - The Juddmonte Farms consignment is normally the highlight of the third day of the Tattersalls December Mares Sale and the draft of fillies from the leading nursery did not disappoint, realising 2,809,000 guineas for the 24 lots sold. Aquis buys Time Saver for 750,000 guineas The leading light for the […]