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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

  • Canada could be next for Love So Deep - Connections are considering a trip to Canada next, for Love So Deep, after her close second in the Prix de Pomone at Deauville. Prior to her run in France, Love So Deep had impressed when landing the Chalice Stakes at Newmarket. The daughter of Deep Impact appeared to improve again […]
  • Fourth edition of the Retrained Racehorse Day taking place at Deauville Racecourse - Organised by the charity Au-Dela Des Pistes with the support of Al Shaqab Racing and the Association Française des Courtiers and in partnership with France Galop, the Retrained Racehorse Day will take place for the fourth consecutive year on Saturday at Deauville racecourse. A Parade of Champions will open the […]
  • Pat Smullen withdraws from Champions Race on medical grounds - A health setback means Pat Smullen will be unable to ride in his Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland on day two of Longines Irish Champions Weekend on Sunday September 15th. Pat said: “Unfortunately I’ve had a setback with my health and have to undergo chemotherapy. On advice from my […]
  • Romanised likely to return to France for Prix du Moulin - Trainer Ken Condon is mulling sending his dual Group One winner Romanised back to France, for the Prix du Moulin, following his victory in the Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville. “He has come out of the Marois very well,” said the Rathbride-based trainer. “He’s just doing routine canters, but […]

UK Racing News

  • Maximum field declared for £1 million Sky Bet Ebor - King’s Advice faces 21 rivals as he goes for his ninth win of 2019 in the first £1 million Sky Bet Ebor at York this Saturday. The historic 14-furlong contest is the richest Flat handicap ever run in Europe and takes place on day four of the Welcome To Yorkshire […]
  • Search For A Song hits the right note in the Galtres Stakes - There was a second victory in the Listed British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes for Dermot Weld, as Search For A Song ran out a convincing winner at York. Ten fillies and mares lined up for this race over an extended 11 furlongs. From the break it was […]
  • Enable the Queen of York again - The brilliant Enable kept up her remarkable run of victories with another imperious display to land the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks at York. The superstar mare, on probably her last start on home soil, led from the start and asserted early in the long home straight. Magical and stable […]
  • Living In The Past storms to Lowther Stakes glory - Living In The Past romped to victory, making all the running, as she won the Group Two Sky Bet Lowther Stakes at York. Danny Tudhope dominated proceedings on the Karl Burke-trained filly and none of her rivals ever threatened to challenge her. Nasaiym and Precious Moments were the closest pursuers, […]
  • Logician impressive in Great Voltigeur Stakes - Logician laid down a very firm marker for the Ladbrokes St Leger, as he maintained his unbeaten record with a decisive victory in the Group Two Sky Bet Great Voltigeur Stakes at York. Just five horses went to post for this traditional St Leger trial, with the John Gosden colt […]
  • Yorkshire victory in the Acomb Stakes as Valdermoro gets up - Valdermoro made it a local victory as he landed the Group Three Tattersalls Acomb Stakes at York for trainer Richard Fahey. A field of nine juveniles went to post for this seven-furlong contest and the Aidan O’Brien runner, Harpocrates, was soon to the fore. With a quarter of a mile […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Yorkshire Oaks - The Yorkshire Oaks is one of the major races at York’s prestigious Ebor Festival each August. Established in 1849, the race has been a Group 1 contest since 1971 and is run over a mile and a half. Originally the race was open to three year old fillies, but older […]
  • The Million Pound Race for the Ebor - York’s Ebor Festival now stretches to four days, with the Saturday being added in 2011. The big race of the day is the Sky Bet Ebor Handicap, the race after which the festival gets its name. The big race was first contested in 1843 and for the first time this […]
  • Big Race History: Juddmonte International Stakes - The Juddmonte International Stakes is one of the high points of British summer racing. Inaugurated in 1972, the race began with a dramatic bang and has lived up to its reputation for shocks and thrills and top class racing ever since. Raced on the first day of the York Ebor […]
  • A Royal Command performance – Gary Stevens - As preparations are well under way for the 2019 York Ebor Festival, it is hard to believe that twenty years have passed since Royal Anthem illuminated the Knavesmire with a stunning victory in the Juddmonte International Stakes. His story was part of a much bigger one, as his rider that […]

Bloodstock News

  • Strong clearance rate at Tattersalls Ascot August Sale - Tattersalls Ascot August Sale concluded the summer sales season with improved results across many key indicators. The aggregate concluded on £555,100 (+31%), the average on £5,001 and the median on £2,800 (+12%). The clearance rate was an impressive 90%. The top Lot of the day was the Godolphin consigned UNIVERSAL […]
  • 2019 Arqana August Yearling Sale concludes with record figures - The strong trade for top calibre individuals that was evident over the weekend continued during Part II, the third and final day of the August Yearling Sale, on Monday. With 161 yearlings going through the ring, figures showed a similar clearance rate to last year with 73 per cent sold, […]