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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

  • Niarchos 2020 Classic dreams in tact - The Niarchos family reports its 2020 Classic hopes to be in good shape as the turf Flat season nears its return. Chief among an exciting batch of three year-olds are the fillies Albigna and Alpine Star, who are both trained by Jessica Harrington. Albigna made her mark at the highest […]
  • Beauty Generation back to winning ways with a third Silver Jubilee Cup victory - Beauty Generation came back to winning ways with victory in the Group One The Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup, at Sha Tin. A field of seven took part in this seven-furlong race. Hot King Prawn and Beauty Generation broke well and it was the former who took them along from Ka […]
  • Time Warp strikes gold in Hong Kong - Time Warp made all for Group One glory in the Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup at Sha Tin. Joao Moreira jumped the seven year-old into the lead and he was tracked down the back by Southern Legend and Dark Dream. Into the home straight, Time Warp began to lengthen and […]
  • Volfango strikes again in Prix Saonois - Volfango mowed down Irish challenger Bowerman to claim back-to-back victories in the Listed Prix Saonois  at Cagnes-sur-Mer, France. The mile Polytrack contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier and Volfango has gained a guaranteed start in the £150,000 Bombardier All-Weather Mile Championship at Lingfield Park on Finals Day, Good Friday, April 10. […]

UK Racing News

  • Latest Cheltenham news from Henry de Bromhead, Jessica Harrington and Enda Bolger - Trainer Henry de Bromhead is yet to decide the intended target for the unbeaten Honeysuckle ahead of the Cheltenham Festival. De Bromhead has enjoyed seven winners at The Festival, all of which have been achieved since 2010. His CV includes victories in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase with Sizing […]
  • Delta Work and Envoi Allen head Elliott stars heading for Cheltenham - Gordon Elliott believes Delta Work has all the tools required for the feature Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup on the fourth and a final day of the Cheltenham Festival. Elliott landed Jump racing’s Blue Riband in 2016 with Don Cossack and has amassed 25 winners at the meeting, all achieved since […]
  • All the news from Nicky Henderson’s pre-Cheltenham press day - Altior, Epatante and Santini headline Nicky Henderson’s contenders for the championship races at this year’s Cheltenham Festival. Henderson is the second most successful trainer in history at the Cheltenham Festival with 64 winners, one behind great rival Willie Mullins, and has been the leading trainer at the meeting nine times. […]
  • Nineteen head to Kempton’s 888Sport Handicap Chase - Black Corton is the top weight among nineteen declarations for the 888Sport Handicap Chase at Kempton Park, this Saturday. The race, a one-time Cheltenham Gold Cup trial and perhaps best remembered as the Racing Post Chase, remains a competitive event, with Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls also fielding Adrien Du Pont, […]
  • Kingwell Hurdle rescheduled for Kempton Park - The Grade Two Kingwell Hurdle, which could not take place last Saturday, following the abandonment of Wincanton, will now take place at Kempton Park, this weekend. The BHA announced: Kingwell Hurdle – following the loss of Wincanton on Saturday 15th February, the Kingwell Hurdle will take place at Kempton Park […]
  • Nine set for the Winter Derby - Nine horses have been left in Saturday’s Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield. The field is headed by the Andrew Balding-trained Bangkok, who landed the trial for this contest at the beginning of February. The four year-old broke the track record on that occasion and also ran twelfth in the Epsom […]

Latest Features

  • Exclusive Marco Ghiani Interview! - Every year some new star jockeys emerge from the apprentice ranks. 2019 was certainly the year of Cieren Fallon Jr and the Sardinian Marco Ghiani. The latter started the year without any career victories, but took the summer by storm, with a succession of victories and a formidable partnership with […]
  • Exciting times at The National Stud - In August 2019, Course Specialist was privileged to have a tour of the National Stud in Newmarket. It was a privilege to meet Aclaim and Rajasinghe and to see dear old Bahamian Bounty in his retirement. Not to mention former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Lord Windermere, who is enjoying himself […]
  • Darley Exclusive: Building on a phenomenal 2019 - 2019 was a staggering year for Darley and Godolphin, as the exploits of its stallions and racehorses dominated much of the European racing scene. Shamardal, located at Kildangan Stud, enjoyed a sensational year thanks to his juvenile sons Pinatubo, Earthlight and Victor Ludorum. Course Specialist was privileged to visit Dalham […]
  • Two Year Old Colts Review 2019 - 2019 was indisputably the year of Darley stallion Shamardal. His juvenile colt progeny dominated the Group One scene in the UK, Ireland and France. Heading a trio of top class colts was Pinatubo. Named after an active volcano, the Charlie Appleby-trained colt confounded his home work and took the racing […]

Bloodstock News

  • Agnes dominates first day of Arqana February Mixed Sale - The first day of the February Mixed Sale registered a turnover of €1,380,700 with a 66% clearance rate and an average of €11,568. The figures are not comparable to last year’s sale, which held the dispersal of the Moratalla and Fares’ breeding interests. Eagerly awaited in the ring during the […]
  • Aga Khan Studs’ Sheranda tops Goffs February Sale at €220,000 - The Aga Khan Studs’ Siyouni filly Sheranda, a four year-old half-sister to dual Group 2 Blandford Stakes winner Shamreen as well as the Group 3 winner Shahroze out of a Group 3 winning dam, topped the Goffs February Sale when purchased today by BBA Ireland for €220,000. BBA Ireland accounted […]