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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

  • Sub Lieutenant in command in Punchestown feature - The classy Sub Lieutenant was back to his best as he dominated in the Grade 3 Irish Daily Star Chase at Punchestown. The nine-year-old was soon in front and began to turn the screw with three fences to jump, being ridden hard by Rachael Blackmore. Having cleared the last, Sub […]
  • Cadmium takes Punchestown honours - Cadmium gained revenge over old rival Ornua, as he landed the Grade 3 Buck House Novice Chase at Punchestown. Ornua, as he had done at Roscommon recently, set out to make all the running, with Ruby Walsh settling just behind the leaders on the Willie Mullins trained Cadmium. Walsh became […]
  • Too Darn Hot scorches into pole position for Cartier Two-Year-Old Colt - Too Darn Hot emerged as potentially the best of a very strong crop of European juvenile colts with a decisive victory in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes at the weekend and the unbeaten son of Dubawi is now the leading contender for the Cartier-Two-Year-Old Colt Award at this year’s Cartier Racing […]
  • €120,000 Foran EBF Final at Naas proves hard to resist - Twenty seven horses remain after today’s final forfeit stage for the Foran Equine Irish EBF Auction Series Final, including seven series race winners. Trainer Ger Lyons has four runners with Kestrel Prince being the horse with the highest official rating (89) but his Army Recruit was runner-up to the smart […]

UK Racing News

  • Nicky Henderson’s We Have A Dream could return at Cheltenham - Britain’s champion Jump trainer Nicky Henderson has a wealth of talent at his Seven Barrows yard north of Lambourn, with his team boasting superstars including Altior, Might Bite, Buveur D’Air and Terrefort. Henderson has once again readied a powerful battalion of horses for the current season as he goes for […]
  • 19 set for opening Fast-Track Qualifier at Newcastle as the All-Weather Championships resume next week - The All-Weather Championships return at Newcastle on Tuesday, October 23rd, with a seven-race programme headlined by the six-furlong £25,000 Ladbrokes Home Of The Odds Boost Conditions Race (3.40pm) which has attracted 19 entries. The six-furlong Tapeta contest for two-year-olds is the first of 24 Fast-Track Qualifiers during the 2018/19 All-Weather […]
  • Philip Hobbs sweet on Gumball as Cheltenham returns next week - Trainer Philip Hobbs has enjoyed a good start to the 2018/19 Jump season, with 21 winners on the board so far, and is looking forward to the first Cheltenham meeting next week. Hobbs is hoping that classy four-year-old Gumball will line up in the £40,000 Masterson Holdings Hurdle (2.35pm), which […]
  • Thrilling All-Weather Championships return at Newcastle a week today - The exciting sixth season of the continuing success story, the All-Weather Championships, starts at Newcastle Racecourse on Tuesday, October 23 and culminates with the tremendous £1-million All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 19, 2019. Headlining the seven-race programme at Newcastle on October 23 is the […]
  • Secret Investor lands the Persian War - Secret Investor stayed on well to win the Grade Two Fox Family Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow. A field of eight lined-up for this prestigious contest over just short of 2 ½ miles. As the tapes went up it was Double Treasure who pressed on and was clear of […]
  • York draws its curtains on a memorable 2018 of flat racing - York Racecourse concluded its 2018 season today after a hugely busy year which has seen a strong attendance, as over 350,000 racegoers witnessed 122 races over 18 fabulous days of racing action. Nearly 1,400 horses competed for a record of more than £8.2m prize money delivering an impressive average field size, which looks set to retain its position as the largest in British flat racing. In other excitements this year, Macmillan Charity […]

Latest Features

  • Book Review: Mill Reef: The life and legacy of a great racehorse - by Martin d’Evelin Pampaloni This superbly detailed book chronicles the racing and stud career of one of the great horses of the Twentieth Century, the Ian Balding trained Mill Reef. Foaled in 1968, this diminutive but charismatic son of Never Bend made his mark with victories in the Coventry Stakes, […]
  • Lift off for the sixth All-Weather Championships - It is a sure-fire sign of winter’s proximity, as the nights draw in and the turf Flat Season winds to its inevitable conclusion. But for the past five years, the all-weather under floodlights, has flourished, with a series of heart-warming performances and flat horses running with enough regularity to, like […]
  • Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Weekend review - SATURDAY: Brundtland gets Godolphin off to a flyer on Arc Weekend The unbeaten Brundtland showed guts and class to fight back and land the Group Two Qatar Prix Chaudenay at ParisLongchamp. The Charlie Appleby colt set the pace for much of the race, tracked by Mystic Sunshine and Ziyad, but […]
  • September Racing Review - British Racing News   Take Cover to the fore again at Beverley Take Cover continued to defy Father Time with a blistering all the way win in the Listed Beverley Bullet. The David Griffiths trained eleven year old, was completing back to back victories. He was soon into the lead […]

Bloodstock News

  • Lookin for Eight among Supplemented Entries to Keeneland November Sale - Keeneland today announced four supplements to its 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale: a weanling filly by leading sire Tapit out of champion La Verdad; Almudena (PER), dam of Peruvian champion filly Cascanueces; Somalia, dam of 2018 Durham Cup winner Lookin for Eight and Selene winner Miss Mo Mentum; and multiple […]
  • Record breaking Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book 2 concludes - Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale came to a conclusion with colts by leading first season sires NO NAY NEVER and KINGMAN, and the established DARK ANGEL, leading the way. The sale turnover was a record whilst the average and median were both on a par with last […]