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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.

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International Racing News

  • Voix Du Reve lands the Ryanair Gold Cup- Voix Du Reve had plenty in hand as he sauntered to victory in the Grade One Ryanair Gold Cup Novice Chase at Fairyhouse. Just the five horses lined up for this 2 ½ mile contest. As the race got underway, it was Mengli Khan who went on from Voix Du […]
  • Timeforwest lands Cork feature- Timeforwest got the better of Killultagh Vic to land the Grade Three Betway Chase at Cork. Six contested this three mile contest. At flag fall it was Killultagh Vic who went off in the lead from Call It Magic, but the leader made an error at the first and conceded […]
  • Honeysuckle delivers a first Irish Grade One for Rachel Blackmore- Rachel Blackmore and Henry De Bromhead have enjoyed a fine season and the jockey sealed that with a first Irish Grade One aboard Honeysuckle, in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle Championships Final at Fairyhouse. Sixteen went to post for this 2 ½ mile contest, including seven from […]
  • Andre Fabre reaffirms position on Persian King’s Guineas target- Andre Fabre has not been swayed to aim Persian King at the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, despite the recent defection of Too Darn Hot. The impressive winner of the Prix de Fontainebleau appears more likely to run at Longchamp in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas) on May 12th, […]

UK Racing News

  • Landmark 200th winner for Dan Skelton- A remarkable six-timer on the day brought Dan Skelton to 200 winners for the season. The victory of Montego Grey , ridden by Skelton’s brother Harry, at Market Rasen, delivered the landmark number. Skelton Tweeted: “AMAZING!!! What an afternoon, an incredible way to get our 200th winner with a six-timer […]
  • Invincible Army could head to the Curragh- James Tate is waiting to see what the weather does in York, before committing Invincible Army to the Duke Of York Stakes next month. As a back up, Tate is considering sending his four year old to the Curragh, for the Group Two Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes on May 25th. […]
  • Sea Of Class misses intended York return- William Haggas has revealed that star filly Sea Of Class will not make her seasonal return in York’s Middleton Stakes. The four year old filly won the Irish and Yorkshire Oaks last season, before finishing a close second to Enable in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. She was expected […]
  • Toast Of New York retires- Toast Of New York, who came within a whisker of landing the Breeders’ Cup Classic, has been retired at the age of eight. The son of Thewayyouare first came to prominence when landing the 2014 UAE Derby, having shown his proficiency on the all-weather at Wolverhampton. After Meydan, Toast Of […]
  • Too Darn Hot misses the 2,000 Guineas- John Gosden has conceded he has run out of time to get a full Guineas preparation into his Champion Two Year Old Colt Too Darn Hot. The son of Dubawi swept all before him at two, culminating in his victory in the Dewhurst Stakes. However, heat was found in a […]
  • Agrotera wins the Snowdrop Stakes- Agrotera was produced with consummate timing by Gerald Mosse, to land the Listed Racing TV Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes at Kempton Park. Fourteen older fillies and mares lined-up for this one mile contest. Contrive just about took the lead in the scrimmage for early supremacy. Settling down, Astonished and Shepherd Market […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: 1,000 Guineas- Inaugurated five years after the colts’ Classic the 2,000 Guineas, the 1,000 Guineas takes place over the same Rowley Mile at Newmarket but is exclusive to three year old fillies. Nowadays the race takes place on the Sunday after the 2,000 Guineas. It is the second of Britain’s five Classic races, and […]
  • Big Race History: 2,000 Guineas- The 2,000 Guineas Stakes forms the first leg of the English Triple Crown for colts and is the first of the five English Classics to be run each year. As befits its standing, the Guineas is a Group 1 flat horse race open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance […]
  • Memory Lane: Barry Hills remembers Tap On Wood- The 1979 Flat racing season was a glorious one in terms of quality. Le Moss ruled the staying division after his Gold Cup victory over Buckskin, while Troy was an outstanding colt over middle distances. But the year was also memorable for the arrival on these shores of the young […]
  • Memory Lane: Mark Johnston remembers Mister Baileys- The first colts’ Classic of the year has been won by all shapes and sizes, but invariably the common denominator over the past 30 years has been that the winner came with a prohibitive price tag from an early age. That was not the case in 1994, as the instantly […]

Bloodstock News

  • Invincible Spirit Colt Tops Day 2 of Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up- Norman Williamson’s Oak Tree Farm enjoyed another profitable day when selling their INVINCIBLE SPIRIT colt out of the Group 3 winner and Group 1 Prix Vermeille third MARE NOSTRUM for 575,000 guineas. The half-brother to the Group 1 winner ERUPT was purchased by Godolphin with Justin Casse the underbidder. The […]
  • Kingman Filly Breaks Record on Opening Day of Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up- A daughter of KINGMAN lit up the sale ring on the opening day of the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale, becoming the highest priced filly ever sold at the fixture when knocked down for 850,000 guineas. A total of 43 lots sold for 5,261,000 guineas, with an average of 122,349 guineas […]