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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

  • Trethias impresses in the Naas Oaks Trial- Trethias ran out a convincing winner of the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Naas Oaks Trial. A field of nine three year-old fillies contested this 1 ¼ mile race. From the off it was Trethias who went on from Flowering Peach, with the latter soon leading, but passed by Search […]
  • Blue Point sprints into contention for Cartier Horse Of The Year honours- Brilliant sprinter Blue Point has stormed to the head of the Cartier Horse Of The Year standings following an exceptional double at Royal Ascot last week. The Godolphin-owned five-year-old, trained by Charlie Appleby, became only the second horse in 99 years to follow up victory in the five-furlong King’s Stand […]
  • Gosden pair remain in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud- John Gosden could be double-handed in Sunday’s Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, after leaving in his smart older fillies and mares Lah Ti Dar and Coronet. Lah Ti Dar missed the Hardwicke Stakes after not eating up, while stablemate Coronet bids to go one better than a year ago, when she […]
  • Seven set for the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes- Seven fillies and mares will vie for Group One success in Friday’s Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. Trainer Aidan O’Brien has won the race four times and fields three runners on this occasion, with Investec Oaks runner-up Pink Dogwood leading his challenge. She is set to be joined […]

UK Racing News

  • King George bid unlikely for Nagano Gold- Nagano Gold ran a mighty race in defeat when an unlucky second to Defoe in the Hardwicke Stakes, but is unlikely to return to Ascot for the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. The Czech trained horse, owned and trained Vaclav Luka Jr, was hampered when Masar stumbled out […]
  • Tapisserie lands Listed spoils at Carlisle- Tapisserie was delivered late and wide to win the Listed British Stallion Studs EBF Eternal Stakes at Carlisle. A field of eleven three year-old fillies lined-up for this seven furlong contest. From the gates it was Astrologer who led with Irish raider Viadera and Sunday Star, while Concello was also […]
  • Strong entries for Goodwood Group Two contests- Entries are also unveiled today for three Group Two races staged during the Qatar Goodwood Festival for three-year-olds and upwards, plus the two enormously valuable heritage handicaps – the Unibet Golden Mile (Friday, August 2nd) and the Unibet Stewards’ Cup (Saturday, August 3rd). Qatar Lennox Stakes The Qatar Lennox Stakes […]
  • Stradivarius heads 30 for Qatar Goodwood Cup- Star stayer Stradivarius headlines 30 entries (up from 26 in 2018) for the Qatar Goodwood Cup, the feature race on the first day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Tuesday, July 30th, as he continues his pursuit of a second successive Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million bonus. Successful in the Qatar Goodwood […]
  • Classic heroines Hermosa and Channel among Qatar Nassau Stakes entries- Classic winners Hermosa (Aidan O’Brien)and Channel (Francis-Henri Graffard) feature among 33 entries (13 more than in 2018) for the Qatar Nassau Stakes over nearly 10 furlongs, the highlight on the third day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, Ladies’ Day, on Thursday, August 1st. Dual British and Irish 1,000 Guineas scorer […]
  • ‘All systems go’ for Brando as he bids to make it third time lucky in Darley July Cup- Brando, third and second in the last two runnings of the Darley July Cup, is among the 22 entries remaining following yesterday’s (Tuesday) scratching stage for this £500,000 Group 1 event which take place at Newmarket’s July Course on Saturday, 13th July. Run over a straight six furlongs and the […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Irish Derby- The Curragh on the final weekend of June is often the setting for revenge, an opportunity of Classic glory and the chance of affirmation of brilliance. The Irish Derby often brings together the main principles from its Epsom counterpart earlier in the month but has over the years produced horses […]
  • Out now! Chandler’s Leap and other stories from Warwick Racecourse- Author Chris Pitt ‘Chandler’s Leap and other stories from Warwick Racecourse’ is an intriguing treasure chest of stories concerning the long history of Warwick Racecourse. The stories date back to the Great Fire of Warwick in 1694. From the ashes, rose a phoenix in 1707 – and the creation of […]
  • 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 […]

Bloodstock News

  • Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale starts strongly- Derby Sale 2019 got off to a flying start with notably strong trade throughout a first session that produced a turnover of €9,003,0000, a satisfactory increase of two per cent compared with day one in 2018. The session’s average price of €52,343 and median of €45,000 were closely comparable to that […]
  • Strong Irish support for 30-day foal notification as compliance reaches 75%- The new 30-day thoroughbred foal notification system, introduced in Ireland in spring 2019, has already achieved 75% compliance. This strong support matches the year-one compliance for a similar initiative in Britain. “There is a worldwide acceptance for the need for whole-of-life traceability of horses, because this allows for assurance on […]