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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 Jacques Le Marois next for Romanised - Ken Condon is preparing Minstrel Stakes winner Romanised for a crack at the Group One Prix Jacques le Marois next month. The four year-old son of Holy Roman Emperor had not got his head in front since his victory in the Irish 2,000 Guineas in May 2018. “He was very […]
  • Star Catcher likely to be aimed at Prix Vermeille - John Gosden is set to take aim at the Group One Qatar Prix Vermeille, with his Irish Oaks winner Star Catcher. The daughter of Sea The Stars has proved most progressive, landing the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, before comfortably making all in the Group One Irish Oaks. […]
  • Impulsif proves stubborn in the Prix Messidor - Impulsif made all the running and saw off all challengers to win the Group Three Prix Messidor at Deauville. Six went to post for this one mile race, including last year’s Prix du Jockey Club winner Study Of Man, dropping in trip. From the gates it was Impulsif who led […]
  • Straight forward success for Red Tea - Red Tea ran out a comprehensive winner of the Group Two Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh. With three non-runners, just five fillies and mares took part over the nine furlongs. From the break Annie Fior reared up and somewhat hampered Goddess. Settling down, Red Tea and Donnacha O’Brien led […]

UK Racing News

  • Japanese challenger Deirdre heading to the Qatar Nassau Stakes - Seiko Hashida, daughter of Deirdre’s trainer Mitsuru Hashida, is looking forward to the star Japanese mare running for the second time in Britain during the Qatar Goodwood Festival. She is hoping that Oisin Murphy can partner Deirdre. The five-year-old Harbinger mare, a Group One winner in Japan, was unsuited by […]
  • Gosden trio on course for Goodwood Group Ones - Stradivarius, Too Darn Hot and Mehdaayih headline a strong John Gosden team for the five-day Qatar Goodwood Festival, which runs from Tuesday, July 30th to Saturday, August 3rd. Champion stayer Stradivarius is going for a record third straight win in the opening day highlight, the Qatar Goodwood Cup over two […]
  • Stoute duo headline superb entries for Saturday’s Sky Bet York Stakes - Sangarius and Regal Reality, both impressive Group Three winners this season for Newmarket trainer Sir Michael Stoute, feature among 11 tremendous entries for the Group Two Sky Bet York Stakes (3.15pm) this Saturday. The extended 10-furlong contest is the highlight of a seven-race card on day two of the Music […]
  • Robin Of Navan to target overseas Group One - Harry Dunlop is looking to step Robin Of Navan back up into Group One class, following his stable star’s Group Two success in Germany at the weekend. The son of American Post won the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud in 2015, but at the age of six, is now perhaps […]
  • Sea Of Class succumbs to colic - Superstar filly Sea Of Class has tragically lost her battle with colic. The William Haggas trained four year-old, a daughter of Sea The Stars, quickly rose through the ranks during 2018. Her victory in the Group One Yorkshire Oaks, was one of pure class, as James Doyle casually bided his […]
  • Red Verdon in the Ebor mix - Ed Dunlop is considering a tilt at the £1 million Sky Bet Ebor Handicap at York, with his recent Knavesmire winner Red Verdon. The six year-old, who has been something of a globe-trotter during his career, bounced back to form to win York’s Silver Cup. Dunlop said: “The owner is […]

Latest Features

  • A tribute to Sea Of Class - Such devastating news this evening about the loss of the beautiful Sea Of Class. Times like this you wonder how God operates – how such a beautiful, talented and young filly could have such an awful fate. It is hard to reconcile, just as it was with St Nicholas Abbey, […]
  • Qatar Goodwood Festival Preview - The end of July and beginning of August mean just one thing for British racing fans: the Qatar Goodwood Festival, better known as Glorious Goodwood. Five magnificent days of high class racing, fashion and society, set in the majestic settings of the Goodwood Estate, ensconced in the South Downs. The […]
  • Big Race History: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes - Although the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes was only inaugurated in 1951 and is relatively young in terms of prestige races in the UK, its status as a middle distance championship contest is uncontested. A quick look at the list of successful horses in the contest is all the […]
  • Book review: Best Horses of the Decade 1990 – 1999 - By John Crofts, published by Miralgo Publications Relive a golden era for horse racing in John Crofts’ outstanding celebrationof the nineties decade. An era which delivered the magnificence of brilliant French champions such as Hector Protector, Helissio, Peintre Celebre, Montjeu, Arazi and Zafonic. From the start of the decade, a […]

Bloodstock News

  • High-class initial entries for Goffs UK Goodwood Sale now online - The first group of selected entries for the second annual Goffs UK Goodwood Sale, which will be held at the ‘Glorious’ Qatar Goodwood Festival on Wednesday 31st July, are now available to view online. To be held in the winners enclosure immediately after racing on Qatar Sussex Stakes day, the […]
  • Increases across the board at Tattersalls Ascot July Sale - Two horses shared the top prices at Tattersalls Ascot July Sale selling for £55,000 a piece. The sale concluded with gains across the board; the aggregate rose 96% to £982,700, whilst the average of £8,121 showed an impressive increase of 93%. The clearance rate was a healthy 81%.  The first […]