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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

  • Mohawk back on-song in the Meld Stakes - Mohawk ran out a convincing winner of the Group Three Meld Stakes at Leopardstown. A field of seven contested this race over nine-furlongs, remembering one of the great Irish racing mares. As the race got underway, it was Ancient Spirit who was best away and set the pace from Zihba […]
  • Dettori to ride Hey Gaman in the Minstrel Stakes - James Tate has booked Frankie Dettori to ride Hey Gaman in Saturday’s Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh. The son of New Approach, placed in last year’s French 2,000 Guineas, has been in fine form this term, landing a Leicester contest and then winning a Group Three at ParisLongchamp. “Hey Gaman […]
  • Guinness Galway Hurdle entries unveiled - Grade 1 hero Quick Grabim, Cheltenham Festival winner Band Of Outlaws and the locally-trained Sole Pretender are sure to be among the leading fancies for the €300,000 Guinness Galway Hurdle on Thursday, August 1st. Last year Willie Mullins scored his third success in the race with Sharjah, ridden by his […]
  • Black Corton and Bryony Frost set for Galway Plate duty - Black Corton and Bryony Frost will bid to give top English trainer Paul Nicholls a second win in the thetote.com Galway Plate at Ballybrit on Wednesday, July 31st. Successful with the Ruby Walsh-ridden Oslot in 2008, Nicholls has also entered Modus and the €300,000 Galway festival highlight has long been […]

UK Racing News

  • Newmarket Racecourses to honour Ric and Mary Hambro with Aphrodite Stakes - Newmarket Racecourses is ensuring the memories of Ric and Mary Hambro will live on after renaming this weekend’s Listed Aphrodite Fillies’ Stakes in their honour. A titan of the banking and investment world and a keen philanthropist, including over 30 years involvement with Macmillan, Ric Hambro was also a lover […]
  • Emten among 25 for the Weatherbys Super Sprint - Emten, trained in Lambourn by Jamie Osborne, was among 25 horses declared for the Weatherbys Super Sprint for which the hot favourite is Norfolk Stakes runner-up Ventura Rebel, from the stable of three times race winner Richard Fahey. Ventura Rebel is one of four who will represent Fahey, successful in […]
  • Fanshawe targets more Hackwood glory with The Tin Man - Former winner and multiple Group One winner The Tin Man will return to Newbury for the latest renewal of the bet365 Hackwood Stakes on Saturday. James Fanshawe’s seven-year-old is a three-time Group One winner and drops to Group Three level here, after running sixth in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal […]
  • Clive Cox targets Goodwood with smart juveniles - Clive Cox is set to unleash two very promising juveniles on the big contests at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. The Lambourn handler is looking at the Group Two Qatar Vintage Stakes with Positive, an impressive winner on debut at Salisbury. The five furlongs of the Molecomb Stakes could be on […]
  • James Doyle to ride Crystal Ocean in the King George - With Frankie Dettori committed to riding previous winner Enable, James Doyle has come in for the plum ride on last year’s runner-up Crystal Ocean, in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, on Saturday week. The son of Sea The Stars has won all three starts this season, including […]
  • Sussex Stakes a possibility for Circus Maximus - Connections are considering whether to supplement Circus Maximus for the Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. The colt ran in the Derby and was then unexpectedly dropped in trip to a mile, winning the Group One St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. “The Sussex is still under strong […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes - Although the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes was only inaugurated in 1951 and is relatively young in terms of prestige races in the UK, its status as a middle distance championship contest is uncontested. A quick look at the list of successful horses in the contest is all the […]
  • Book review: Best Horses of the Decade 1990 – 1999 - By John Crofts, published by Miralgo Publications Relive a golden era for horse racing in John Crofts’ outstanding celebrationof the nineties decade. An era which delivered the magnificence of brilliant French champions such as Hector Protector, Helissio, Peintre Celebre, Montjeu, Arazi and Zafonic. From the start of the decade, a […]
  • Cheveley Park Stud – delivering equine excellence - The Cheveley Park Stud racing colours have been a fabric of the British racing scene for decades and the stud farm itself, located just outside of Newmarket, in the village of Cheveley, has a wealth of history. Course Specialist was privileged to recently catch up with Chris Richardson, Managing Director […]
  • Big Race History: The Darley July Cup - One of the rare delights of the English summer is to go racing at Newmarket’s July Course, where there is a distinctly laid-back approach to racing. The highlight of the course’s programme is the July Festival which takes place in the second week of that month each year. And the […]

Bloodstock News

  • Increases across the board at Tattersalls Ascot July Sale - Two horses shared the top prices at Tattersalls Ascot July Sale selling for £55,000 a piece. The sale concluded with gains across the board; the aggregate rose 96% to £982,700, whilst the average of £8,121 showed an impressive increase of 93%. The clearance rate was a healthy 81%.  The first […]
  • Tattersalls Ireland August NH Sale catalogue now online - The three-day August National Hunt Sale 2019 will take place from Tuesday 13th August until Thursday 15th August, starting at 10am each day. The catalogue is now online and available in hard copy from Friday 18th July.  The August National Hunt Sale continues to be a constant and affordable source […]