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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

  • Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe rated best race in the world for the fourth time - A French race is formerly recognised as the greatest sporting challenge in the world of horseracing! Once more, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has been recognised as the best race in the world, based on the Longines World’s Best Horse Race rankings. Since its creation in 1920, this […]
  • Crystal Ocean, Enable and Waldgeist tie as the 2019 Longines World’s Best Racehorses - Swiss watch brand Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) were proud to celebrate the 2019 Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race awards ceremony in London. For the first time in the event’s history, three Thoroughbreds shared the title of 2019 Longines World’s Best […]
  • Defoe set to take Meydan stage in March - Roger Varian is set to tread a familiar pathway as Defoe will bid to follow in the footsteps of illustrious former stable mate Postponed, at Meydan, in March. Postponed got better with age and landed the Group Two City of Gold Stakes before adding the Dubai Sheema Classic on World […]
  • Au-delà Des Pistes General Assembly – important exchanges to improve retraining of racehorses - The 2019 General Assembly of the charity Au-Delà Des Pistes, which works for the promotion and retraining of thoroughbred horses in France, was held on Friday in the Salon Katko at Chantilly training centre. Representatives of 14 of the 24 retraining establishments referenced by the charity were present from across […]

UK Racing News

  • Stuart Edmunds takes aim at Festival Trials Day with Rowland Ward - Stuart Edmunds is hoping Rowland Ward can stake his claim for top honours in the  JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle, the first of five graded races at Cheltenham on Festival Trials Day this Saturday. Four winners of the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle on Festival Trials Day have gone on […]
  • Tizzards eye Exeter prep run for Master Debonair - Colin Tizzard is eyeing up a tried and tested Cheltenham Festival prep route with his smart novice hurdler Master Debonair, who is likely to contest the Bet At racingtv.com Novices’ Hurdle at Exeter. The trainer has won the race on three of the last four occasions, including with future Cheltenham […]
  • John Gosden trio among 21 entries for the Betway Winter Derby - Champion trainer John Gosden accounts for three of the 21 entries for the Betway Winter Derby at Lingfield Park on Saturday, February 22nd. Gosden captured the 10-furlong highlight in 2019 with Wissahickon and the Newmarket handler appears to hold a formidable hand once again, with Dubai Warrior spearheading his team. […]
  • Millisle heads fillies’ classifications - Jessica Harrington’s fine 2019 flat season was underlined as her juvenile filly Millisle, gained top ranking with a rating of 115. The Cheveley Park Stakes winner was one of three Harrington fillies who made the 40-horse list in Europe, attaining a mark in excess of 110. Millisle was considered 1lb […]
  • Pinatubo rated the best juvenile since Celtic Swing - Pinatubo, trained by Charlie Appleby and owned by Godolphin, was today officially recognized as the European Champion two-year-old of 2019 with the highest rating achieved by a juvenile in Europe in 25 years. His end-of-year rating of 128, published as part of the 2019 European two-year-old Classifications, is the loftiest since […]
  • Richard Johnson suffers broken arm - Four-time Champion Jockey, Richard Johnson, has suffered a broken right arm following an unseat at Exeter. Johnson came off Westend Story and his hopes of winning a fifth consecutive title hang by a thread now, as he was trailing Brian Hughes by three before this incident. Trainer Philip Hobbs said: […]

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 […]
  • A wealth of new experiences in a racing yard - With the kind permission of Amy Murphy, I am delighted to record some of the experiences I have had, working in Amy’s stables over the Christmas period so far. Firstly I should thank Amy and Lemos for kindly offering me the opportunity to earn some extra cash – not to […]
  • Big Race History: Coral Welsh National - The Welsh National has a long and illustrious history as well as several home and calendar dates. The race originally had its home at Ely Racecourse in Cardiff, where the first running was held back in 1895. When Ely Racecourse closed in 1939, World War II intervened and the Welsh […]
  • Big Race History: King George VI Chase - Undoubtedly the King George VI Chase, run at Kempton Park on Boxing Day, has become the Crown Jewel in British Steeplechasing’s first half of the season. That underlines how misjudged the Jockey Club’s announcement that it wanted to sell Kempton Park for money was in January 2017. An organisation supposedly […]

Bloodstock News

  • Keskonrisk sets new record at Doncaster January Sale - The much-anticipated Point-to-Point/Form Horse Session at today’s Goffs UK January Sale at Doncaster produced a new sale record with the Camas Park Stud consigned Keskonrisk selling for £370,000. Offered as Lot 236, the five-year-old made a big impression with a smart debut bumper win for Timmy Hyde at Fairyhouse on […]
  • Blue Bresil colt tops buoyant Day 1 of Doncaster January Sale - The opening day of the Goffs UK January Sale at Doncaster saw an attractive catalogue of National Hunt mares and foals of 2019 produce an increase in figures across the board and the sale’s second highest NH foal average. The opening day of the two-day sale saw 82 NH foals […]