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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

  • Weld relies on Hazapour- Dermot Weld will have just the one runner at Royal Ascot this week: Hazarpour, in tomorrow’s Group One Queen Anne Stakes. Frankie Dettori will renew his partnership with the colt he rode in last year’s Derby. Weld said: “Hazapour will be my only runner at Royal Ascot in the Queen […]
  • Vintager lands Chantilly Group Three- Vintager made the most of having the run of the race to win the Group Three Prix Bertrand du Breuil Longines at Chantilly. Five older horses contested this one mile race. The race started with Vintager the early leader with Geniale to the inside. Settling down, Yutaka Take took Geniale […]
  • Channel lands the Prix de Diane- Channel won a sprint for the Group One Prix de Diane Longines at Chantilly. The French Oaks attracted a field of sixteen fillies over 10 ½ furlongs. At the  break it was Platane who went on with Wonderment and Channel, while Nausha fought for her head and suffered with some […]
  • Al Hilalee wins the Prix Hocquart- A step up in trip showed Al Hilalee in a different light as he made all in the Group Two Prix Hocquart Longines at Chantilly. Five three year-old colts took part in this 1 ½ mile race. From the break it was Al Hilalee who led from fellow Godolphin runner […]

UK Racing News

  • Twenty head to a truly international Diamond Jubilee Stakes- James Tate’s Invincible Army faces nineteen opponents in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes, on the final day of Royal Ascot. Having won at Doncaster on his return, the four year-old was most impressive when landing the Group Two Duke Of York Stakes – often a good trial for this […]
  • Masar among fourteen in the Hardwick Stakes- Masar features among fourteen entries for Saturday’s Hardwick Stakes at Royal Ascot. Charlie Appleby’s colt has not raced since winning the Investec Derby at Epsom in June last year. Following a gallop last weekend, the Godolphin colt was given the Hardwick Stakes as his intended comeback. Appleby has also left […]
  • Royal Ascot Wednesday fields confirmed- Sir Michael Stoute is set to run Rawdaa in the Group Two Duke of Cambridge Stakes on Wednesday, where she will face 16 opponents. Stoute has won the race twice in the last nine years with Integral (2015) and Strawberrydaiquiri (2010) and his Middleton Stakes winner bids to complete the […]
  • Eight to contest Prince of Wales’s Stakes- A high-class final field of eight will take part in Wednesday’s Group One Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot. Two of the world’s finest fillies will line-up in the shape of Sea Of Class and Magical, with recent Prix Ganay winner Waldgeist representing France and the improving Crystal Ocean […]
  • 1,000 winners up for Paul Mulrennan- 1,000 winners is no mean achievement and it is one that jockey Paul Mulrennan reached aboard Camacho Chief at Doncaster. The 37-year-old has made his mark predominately in the north of England, where he forged a strong partnership with the top class sprinter Mecca’s Angel. That filly was trained by […]
  • Archer’s Dream and Snazzy Jazzy share Cathedral Stakes spoils- Archer’s Dream and Snazzy Jazzy proved inseparable in an exciting climax to the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Cathedral Stakes at Salisbury. Six assembled for this six-furlong contest. As the race got underway, it was Archer’s Dream who led early on, but was passed by Arbalet. Settling down, Arbalet took […]

Latest Features

  • Royal Ascot Big Race History: Diamond Jubilee Stakes- Royal Ascot’s most prestigious sprint became the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012 in recognition of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to throne in 1952. It was elevated to Group One status to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and run as the Golden Jubilee Stakes from 2002 – […]
  • Royal Ascot Big Race History: Coronation Stakes- There are plenty of races at the Royal meeting which leave connoisseurs waxing lyrical over the quality of competition. Certainly down the years the Coronation Stakes has fallen nicely into that category. The Coronation Stakes is a Group 1 contest with similar conditions to the St James’s Palace Stakes with the main difference being […]
  • Big Race History: Commonwealth Cup- The Commonwealth Cup is a new innovation at Royal Ascot, but one which has quickly caught the imagination of owners, trainers and breeders. The race, over six furlongs, is a Group One contest for three year olds (including geldings) and is currently contested on the Friday of the Royal Meeting. […]
  • Royal Ascot Big Race History: The Gold Cup- For many racing people Royal Ascot is all about the Thursday, traditionally “Ladies’ Day” and the day when the week’s showpiece race takes place: the Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is of course a Group 1 contest, open to horses aged four years or older. It takes place over two and a half miles, with […]

Bloodstock News

  • Vibrant trade as Goffs Land Rover Sale concludes- An incredible two days at the Goffs Land Rover Sale concluded with vibrant trade at Part 2 that was topped by Glen Stables’ beautiful Beat Hollow gelding (Lot 280) that sold for €90,000 to Martin Brassil (pictured), the purchaser of yesterday’s €185,000 sale-topping son of Yeats (Lot 113) from Rathmore […]
  • Day One results for Goffs Land Rover Sale- A clearance rate of 91% and a surge in median and six figure sales told the story of a record opening day at Goffs Land Rover Sale. Consistently strong trade throughout today’s session was topped by Rathmore Stud’s Yeats half-brother to multiple Graded winner Tombstone and own-brother to Listed hurdle […]