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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

  • Viadera edges to Cairn Rouge success at Killarney to deny Dettori- Viadera just denied Frankie Dettori a first winner at Killarney, as she got up in the final stride to land the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes. A field of eleven fillies and mares went to post for this one mile contest. From the break it was Wisdom […]
  • Gosden aims for repeat Cartier Awards with trio of stable stars- Enable and Too Darn Hot, superstars of previous European Flat seasons, have emerged as strong contenders for this year’s Cartier Racing Awards following impressive recent victories under Frankie Dettori. The John Gosden-trained duo have already been honoured at the Cartier Racing Awards, with Enable crowned both Cartier Horse Of The […]
  • Pink Dogwood heads 13 fillies in Saturday’s Irish Oaks- Pink Dogwood is one of six Aidan O’Brien entries from a field of 13 fillies confirmed for Saturday’s Kerrygold Irish Oaks at the Curragh. The Ballydoyle maestro has saddled five previous winners of the fillies’ Classic over 1 ½ miles – and looks to get Pink Dogwood back to winning […]
  • Caspian Prince set for Curragh’s Sapphire Stakes- Caspian Prince will once again contest the Friarstown Stud Sapphire Stakes at the Curragh on his next start. The ten year-old trail-blazing sprinter won Sunday’s Group Two prize in 2017 and was second to Havana Grey 12 months ago. “He’s going over to the Curragh on Sunday for the Sapphire,” […]

UK Racing News

  • Sussex Stakes a possibility for Circus Maximus- Connections are considering whether to supplement Circus Maximus for the Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes at Goodwood. The colt ran in the Derby and was then unexpectedly dropped in trip to a mile, winning the Group One St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. “The Sussex is still under strong […]
  • End of an era as Mark Tompkins set to quit the training ranks- Mark Tompkins, one of Newmarket’s longest-serving trainers, is set to retire at the end of the month. The Yorkshireman, who trained over 1,000 winners, is remembered for a golden spell during the early 1990s, when he trained Bob’s Return to win the St Leger at Doncaster and Even Top, who […]
  • Mark Johnston targets Qatar Goodwood Festival with strong team- Record-breaking trainer Mark Johnston opened the doors to his Kingsley House Stables in Middleham, North Yorkshire this morning for a media visit organised by Goodwood Racecourse ahead of the 2019 Qatar Goodwood Festival. Johnston, Britain’s winning-most trainer of all time, has already sent out 150 winners this season and recorded […]
  • Dream Of Dreams team target Haydock- Dream Of Dreams is likely to have a break before he is targeted at the Group One 32Red Sprint Cup at Haydock, in September. The colt had finished a closing second to Blue Point, in the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot, but was never a factor in […]
  • Too Darn Hot set for the Sussex Stakes- A revitalised Too Darn Hot is set to return to a mile with the Group One Qatar Sussex Stakes, his intended target, on July 31st. Last season’s unbeaten champion two-year-old suffered a setback in the spring and was forced to miss the Qipco 2,000 Guineas. He eventually returned over 1 ¼ […]
  • Derby winner Masar is retired- Last year’s Investec Derby winner Masar, has been retired from racing. The Godolphin-owned fou year-old, in the care of Charlie Appleby, failed to recapture his best form in two runs this season, after returning from an injury which side-lined him for over a year. The sonof New Approach was a […]

Latest Features

  • 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 […]
  • Cheveley Park Stud – delivering equine excellence- The Cheveley Park Stud racing colours have been a fabric of the British racing scene for decades and the stud farm itself, located just outside of Newmarket, in the village of Cheveley, has a wealth of history. Course Specialist was privileged to recently catch up with Chris Richardson, Managing Director […]
  • Big Race History: The Darley July Cup- One of the rare delights of the English summer is to go racing at Newmarket’s July Course, where there is a distinctly laid-back approach to racing. The highlight of the course’s programme is the July Festival which takes place in the second week of that month each year. And the […]
  • York ready to celebrate the 60th John Smith’s Cup- It has become a significant handicap during the course of the season and a well-trodden path to future stardom. As York prepares to stage this diamond jubilee race, we take a look behind the scenes, at the history of this great race. When did John Smith’s first sponsor the race? […]

Bloodstock News

  • 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 […]
  • Tattersalls Ireland August NH Sale catalogue now online- The three-day August National Hunt Sale 2019 will take place from Tuesday 13th August until Thursday 15th August, starting at 10am each day. The catalogue is now online and available in hard copy from Friday 18th July.  The August National Hunt Sale continues to be a constant and affordable source […]