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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

  • Winx to reappear in mid-February - Australia’s superstar mare Winx, is set to make her 2019 bow in the middle of February. The seven-year-old won an astounding record fourth Cox Plate in October, extending her unbeaten run to 29 races. Trainer Chris Waller is sizing up the Winx Group Two Apollo Stakes at Randwick, on February […]
  • Record Attendance at ITM Irish Stallion Trail - There was a record turnout for the ITM Irish Stallion Trail 2019, which took place on Friday January 11th and Saturday January 12th. 28 farms across Ireland opened their doors to breeders, racing professionals, and racing fans during the Trail, providing a showcase for the Irish thoroughbred breeding industry. This […]
  • Gold Cup hopes among Thyestes Chase entries - Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott have both put two of their 2019 Magners Gold Cup entries in the Goffs Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park on Thursday, January 24th. The champion trainer has included Cheltenham Festival hopes Total Recall and Invitation Only in his entry of 15 horses. A six-time winner […]
  • All-Weather stalwart Captain Joy is retired - Captain Joy, a winner at the All-Weather Championships, has been retired. The popular grey overcame colic, which almost claimed his life, before going on to make his mark on the all-weather, landing the 2016 All-Weather Mile Championship at Lingfield Park. Captain Joy had his final start when running second at […]

UK Racing News

  • Unbeaten Buster Valentine in line for Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham - Trainer Ruth Jefferson is planning to send the unbeaten Buster Valentine for a crack at the £32,000 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (3.00pm), one of seven races on Festival Trials Day, Saturday, January 26th, at Cheltenham Racecourse. The six-year-old son of Ask won on his one Irish point-to-point start in April and […]
  • Aircraft Carrier sets new course record in Wolverhampton Fast-Track Qualifier this evening - Aircraft Carrier, bought out of Aidan O’Brien’s stable after winning a seven-furlong maiden in October, put up a career-best performance when setting a new course record over the extended two miles of the £19,000 Betway Conditions Race on Tapeta at Wolverhampton this evening. The four-year-old Declaration Of War colt, trained […]
  • 14 entered for Saturday’s Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle - Hugely exciting novice hurdler Angels Breath headlines 14 five-day entries for the £30,000 Sky Bet Supreme Trial Rossington Main Novices’ Hurdle (2.05pm) at Haydock Park this Saturday. The two-mile contest is the fourth of seven races in Sky Bet’s “Road To Cheltenham” which culminates with the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ […]
  • Altior to face a maximum of three opponents in the Clarence House Chase - Unbeaten Champion Chaser Altior, is set to face just three rivals in the Grade One Clarence House Chase at Ascot this Saturday. The Nicky Henderson’s trained superstar, is unbeaten in 16 races, having extended that sequence in the Unibet Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton over Christmas. He is set to […]
  • Impulsive Star breaks his chasing duck in the Classic Chase - Impulsive Star was a gutsy winner of the Grade Three McCoy Contractors Civil Engineering Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick. Twelve horses lined-up for this stamina-sapping race over three miles and five furlongs. Cogry was well into his stride and took the first to the inside, with last year’s winner Milansbar, […]
  • Big Time Dancer waltzes to Lanzarote glory for Jenny Candlish - Jenny Candlish enjoyed big race success as Big Time Dancer lived up to his name and waltzed to victory in the Listed Unibet Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle at Kempton Park. Fourteen contested this Two-mile, 5 furlongs race in memory of the former Champion Hurdle winner. Cotswold Way reached the first flight […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Clarence House Chase - Formerly known as the Victor Chandler Chase, this 2 mile 1 furlong signature chase gives the month of January some real impetus and began life in 1989 with a renewal that still stirs the pulse. That first renewal saw a dramatic and titanic finish between the popular Panto Prince and […]
  • 2018 Two Year Old Colts Review - The 2018 Turf Flat Season overall proved somewhat of a disappointment to Course Specialist. The Classic generation produced one or two outstanding performers, but none of the five English Classic winners triumphed again on the racecourse. The two year old picture, in many ways, was a high point, with some […]
  • November Racing Review - British Racing Definitly Red wins incident-packed Charlie Hall Chase Definitly Red ran out a game winner of an incident-packed Grade Two bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby. Just four horses lined up for this three mile race with a rich history, but four quickly became three, as Double Shuffle crashed […]
  • Big Race History: Ladbrokes Trophy - 2017 saw the first renewal of the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, after Hennessy ended 60 years of sponsorship of what was known as the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup. The history of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, perfectly illustrated how a race gains reputation and significance as a prestige event. […]

Bloodstock News

  • Graded weekend success for Tattersalls Ireland graduates - Tattersalls Ireland graduates enjoyed a successful weekend on the track with wins in Grade 2, 3 and Listed company across Ireland and Great Britain. On Saturday at Warwick, OK CORRAL maintained his unbeaten chasing record when taking the Listed Hampton Novices’ Chase for trainer Nicky Henderson and owner JP McManus. […]
  • Eight pointers added to Goffs UK Doncaster January Sale - An additional eight quality Point-to-Point entries have been supplemented into the P2P/Form Horse Session at the Goffs UK January Sale at Doncaster which will be held on 22nd – 23rd January. Last year’s January Sale was topped by the £270,000 Pointer Phoenix Way, who won a Novice Hurdle for Harry […]