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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

  • Grade Two success for Chris’s Dream - Chris’s Dream had to work hard but battled well to land the Grade Two Ladbrokes Acca Boosty Ten Up Novice Chase at Navan. Six took part in this three-mile contest. At flag fall it was Blow By Blow who led from Moonshine Bay and Champagne Classic. At the third fence, […]
  • Tiger Roll storms to Boyne Hurdle success - Tiger Roll confirmed his well-being with a resounding success in the Grade Two Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan. A field of six lined-up for this 2-mile, 5-furlongs contest. Coquin Mans went straight into the lead from Cracking Smart and Bless The Wings. Paul Townend and Coquin Mans continued to […]
  • Exultant finish to the Hong Kong Gold Cup - Zac Purton bagged a quickfire Group One double as Exultant landed the Group One Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup at Sha Tin. Eleven contested this 1 ¼ mile race. As the gates burst open, it was a relatively even break, with Simply Brilliant nudging to the lead. From out wide, […]
  • Beauty Generation imperious in Sha Tin - Beauty Generation took his rival apart with another awesome performance in the Group One Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup at Sha Tin. Ten lined-up for this seven-furlong dash, with all eyes on the prolific winner Beauty Generation. From the gates, Beauty Only was tardy away, while Beauty Generation was soon into […]

UK Racing News

  • Lisnagar Oscar bounds clear at Haydock - Lisnagar Oscar posted an emphatic victory in the Grade Two Albert Bartlett Prestige Novices’ Hurdle at Haydock Park. Ten lined-up for this three mile contest. At flag fall, Rockpoint led but there was no real pace and Ask Ben found himself in front, with two circuits to race. Ask Ben […]
  • Cyrname routs his Ascot Chase rivals - Cyrname demolished his opponents with a brilliant front-running display in the Grade One Betfair Ascot Chase at Ascot. Six lined-up in a fascinating renewal of this two-mile, 5-furlong contest. At the start it was Cyrname who went on from Charbel and Aso. At the fourth, Cyrname held a three length […]
  • Robinsfirth wins a thrilling Grand National Trial - Robinsfirth and Sean Bowen got up late to land the Grade Three William Hill Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Haydock Park. A competitive field of sixteen lined-up for this 3 ½ mile event. Bishops Road led the charge to the first fence, with Ah Littleluck unseating at the second […]
  • Al Dancer impresses in the Betfair Hurdle - Al Dancer ran out a most impressive winner in the Grade Three Betfair Handicap Hurdle at Ascot. Fourteen took part in this rescheduled contest, which had been due to take place at Newbury a week earlier. At the off it was Magic Dancer who led from Blu Cavalier and the […]
  • Grand Sancy all heart in the Kingwell Hurdle - Grand Sancy showed plenty of heart to win the Grade Two Betway Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton. Five contested this two-mile race which has thrown up Champion Hurdle winners in the past. Unison went into the early lead from the novice Grand Sancy, with Vision Des Flos settled in third. That […]
  • Clan Des Obeaux a class apart in the Denman Chase - Clan Des Obeaux confirmed himself in rude health as he comfortably won the Grade Two Betfair Denman Chase at Ascot. Four lined-up for this three-mile contest, rescheduled after Newbury’s meeting was cancelled. Terrefort and Thomas Patrick took the field along through the early stages, with the former pressing on into […]

Latest Features

  • Tom Walls: Stage star with a Derby dream - by Gus Dalrymple “I’m rich,” mused Tom Walls as he sat in a deckchair on a first-class deck sipping champagne poured by watchful stewards on the voyage home to England, “and now all the Aussies on board want my autograph! Bit different from when the bilge in steerage was all […]
  • Brian Barr Racing: The pursuit of continual improvement and training excellence - Training is all about progression, learning new things and developing facilities, to give every horse an opportunity to succeed and to encourage new owners. In the Blackmoor Vale, North Dorset, Brian Barr and his partner Daisy, have been gradually building up their accumulated experience, whilst converting the facilities at Tall […]
  • Big Race History: Betfair Hurdle - The Betfair Hurdle has long been regarded as one of the biggest, most lucrative handicap hurdle races to win in the British jumps racing calendar. The Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race is open to horses aged four years or older and often attracts a fascinating mix of progressive novice hurdlers, established handicappers and would-be Champion […]
  • Qatar Bloodstock and Tweenhills Stud: Gearing up for a fantastic 2019 - In deepest Gloucestershire, on a freezing cold January morning, the future has arrived at Tweenhills Stud. As the sheep nonchalantly graze in the paddock next to the gates, a small dog patters casually around the yard. Overlooking this scene are six young stallions, set to take Qatar Bloodstock and Tweenhills […]

Bloodstock News

  • 30-day foal notification central to enhancing high animal health standards - As of January 2019, breeders are required to notify Weatherbys Ireland General Stud Book within 30 days of the birth of a foal born in Ireland and bred for racing. Information gained will improve transparency and traceability around the care that breeders and owners provide to thoroughbreds at all stages […]
  • ARQANA joins Haras Vacacion and Abolengo for a unique yearling sale in Argentina - On March 21st, leading breeders Haras Abolengo and Haras Vacacion are organizing their annual yearling sale in partnership with leading auctioneer in France, ARQANA. Haras Abolengo is the breeder of champion sire and winner in Argentina and USA, CANDY RIDA, Champion in Argentina Interprete, US winner VALE DORI, Multiple Champion […]