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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

  • Twist ‘N’ Shake storms to Deauville success -  Twist ‘N’ Shake ran out a facile winner of the Listed Prix de Bagatelle at Deauville. A field of seven three year-old fillies took part in this one mile contest. At the start it was Fount who led with Nayala and it was the latter who pressed on. Settling down, […]
  • Maximum Security lands the Haskell Invitational - Maximum Security gained a small level of compensation for his Kentucky Derby disqualification, as he won the Grade One TVG.vom Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth Park. Six three year-olds contested this nine-furlong race on the dirt. From the gates, Luis Saez had Maximum Security prominent, but it was Bethlehem Road […]
  • Star Catcher makes all for Irish Oaks glory - Star Catcher and Frankie Dettori seized the initiative from the start to win the Group One Kerrygold Irish Oaks at the Curragh. The fourth Irish Classic of 2019, attracted a field of eight three year-old fillies, over 1 ½ miles. As the race got underway, it was Peach Tree who […]
  • Romanised back to winning ways in the Minstrel Stakes - Romanised put a couple of unlucky runs behind him to land the Group Two Paddy Power Minstrel Stakes at the Curragh. There were plenty of familiar names among the ten runners, for this seven furlong race. All The King’s Men quickly asserted in this race and moved into a four […]

UK Racing News

  • Liberty Beach set for Molecomb Stakes - John Quinn is keen to have a crack at the Markel Insurance Molecomb Stakes with his fast filly Liberty Beach. The daughter of Cable Bay has so far won three of her four starts, with her fourth place finish to Raffle Prize, in the Group Two Queen Mary Stakes, looking […]
  • Dashing Willoughby a possible for the Goodwood Cup - Andrew Balding is still thinking of running his Queen’s Vase winner Dashing Willoughby in the Group One Qatar Goodwood Cup. The Nathaniel colt then went to Newmarket and took on older horses over the shorter mile and a half for the Princess of Wales’s Stakes, running well from the front […]
  • Pretty Pollyanna set to return to Deauville - Trainer Michael Bell is preparing Pretty Pollyanna for a return trip to Deauville, the scene of her greatest triumph. The three year-old filly, was victorious in last year’s Group One Prix Morny at the track in northern France – and Bell is keen to run her in the Prix Maurice […]
  • A summary of Newbury on Weatherbys Super Sprint Day - Bargain buy Bettys Hope hits the jackpot for Millman Rod Millman, whose 1997 Weatherbys Super Sprint victory with Lord Kintyre sustained his business for 22 years, secured the windfall that could keep him going for another 22 years when Bettys Hope got up on the line to give him a […]
  • Fairytale success for Bettys Hope in the Super Sprint - Bettys Hope, purchased for a pittance, landed a major prize as she just got up in the Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes at Newbury. 24 juveniles lined-up for this five-furlong dash. From the gates Electric Ladyland and Daddies Diva were among the leaders with Mighty Spirit and Never In Paris, racing […]
  • Casablanca Mix gives Henderson a first Summer Plate at Market Rasen - Casablanca Mix put up a fine performance to win the Listed Betway Summer Plate Handicap Chase at Market Rasen. A field of fourteen ran in this race over two miles and five furlongs. As the race got underway, Darcy Ward and More Buck’s were up with the early pace, along […]

Latest Features

  • Qatar Goodwood Festival Preview - The end of July and beginning of August mean just one thing for British racing fans: the Qatar Goodwood Festival, better known as Glorious Goodwood. Five magnificent days of high class racing, fashion and society, set in the majestic settings of the Goodwood Estate, ensconced in the South Downs. The […]
  • 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 […]

Bloodstock News

  • High-class initial entries for Goffs UK Goodwood Sale now online - The first group of selected entries for the second annual Goffs UK Goodwood Sale, which will be held at the ‘Glorious’ Qatar Goodwood Festival on Wednesday 31st July, are now available to view online. To be held in the winners enclosure immediately after racing on Qatar Sussex Stakes day, the […]
  • 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 […]