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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

  • Jean-Claude Rouget excited by Sottsass Arc prospects- Prix du Jockey Club winner Sottsass, is to be trained with the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as his main objective for the rest of the year. The Jean-Claude Rouget trained colt lowered the colours of Persian King in the Chantilly Classic and the trainer believes that the son of […]
  • Godolphin challengers to the fore at Chantilly on Sunday- Three-year-old colts Khagan, Al Hilalee and Melicertes all try for a first Group victory at Chantilly, on Sunday. Khagan (Andre Fabre/Mickael Barzalona) remains over a mile and a half in the Group Two Prix Hocquart following three excellent efforts over the same distance, most recently when trying to make all […]
  • Latrobe likely to head to the Wolferton Stakes- Joseph O’Brien is siding with running his Irish Derby winner Latrobe in the Wolferton Stakes, rather than the Hardwicke, at Royal Ascot next week. He said: “I’ll be talking things over with Latrobe’s owners, Lloyd and Nick Williams, before a final decision is made but we’re leaning towards the Wolferton […]
  • Who’s Steph back to form in the Munster Oaks- The proven class of Who’s Steph proved decisive as she won the Group Three Munster Oaks Stakes at Cork. Seven fillies and mares took part in this 1 ½ mile race. Peach Tree and Jaega cut out the early running from Who’s Steph. Down the back, Jaega almost joined Peach […]

UK Racing News

  • Macmillan Charity Raceday at York Racecourse raises a record total of over £640,000- The 49th staging of Macmillan Charity Raceday at York Racecourse raised a record amount for charity, with over £640,000 and counting.  With people still able to make donations, the aggregate figure since its inception in 1971 is now approaching £9 million. The long-lasting partnership between York Racecourse and Macmillan Cancer […]
  • Recon Mission makes all at York- Recon Mission put up a game performance to make all in the Pavers Foundation Catherine Memorial Sprint Handicap at York. A field of 22 took part in this three year-old handicap which has in the past thrown up the likes of future Group One winning sprinters Cadeaux Genereux, Sheikh Albadou […]
  • Gold Mount wins the Grand Cup at York- Gold Mount ran out a convincing winner of the Listed Sky Bet Race To The Ebor Grand Cup Stakes at York. A field of seven contested this 1 ¾ mile race. Austrian School was straight into the lead, but Ryan Moore soon bustled Mekong up into the pace-setting role. Mekong […]
  • Hermosa heads Coronation Stakes dozen- Hermosa bids to follow-up former stable mate Winter, by adding the Coronation Stakes to triumphs in the English and Irish 1,000 Guineas. The Aidan O’Brien runner headlines twelve fillies who have stood their ground for Friday’s Group One mile contest. O’Brien has also left in Happen, Just Wonderful and So […]
  • Middle Park rematch as Ten Sovereigns and Jash head to Commonwealth Cup- Ten Sovereigns and Jash, the Middle Park Stakes first and second, are set to meet in Friday’s Group One Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot. Ten Sovereigns came out on top on that occasion, but lost his unbeaten record when perhaps not quite seeing out the mile, when fifth in the […]
  • Kurious a big winner for Shoemark- There was a notable success for Kieran Shoemark as Kurious won the Listed Scurry Stakes at Sandown Park. A field of eight three year-olds went to post for this five-furlong contest on soft ground. At the break it was Leodis Dream who led early on and was a length clear […]

Latest Features

  • Royal Ascot Big Race History: Diamond Jubilee Stakes- Royal Ascot’s most prestigious sprint became the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012 in recognition of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to throne in 1952. It was elevated to Group One status to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and run as the Golden Jubilee Stakes from 2002 – […]
  • Royal Ascot Big Race History: Coronation Stakes- There are plenty of races at the Royal meeting which leave connoisseurs waxing lyrical over the quality of competition. Certainly down the years the Coronation Stakes has fallen nicely into that category. The Coronation Stakes is a Group 1 contest with similar conditions to the St James’s Palace Stakes with the main difference being […]
  • Big Race History: Commonwealth Cup- The Commonwealth Cup is a new innovation at Royal Ascot, but one which has quickly caught the imagination of owners, trainers and breeders. The race, over six furlongs, is a Group One contest for three year olds (including geldings) and is currently contested on the Friday of the Royal Meeting. […]
  • Royal Ascot Big Race History: The Gold Cup- For many racing people Royal Ascot is all about the Thursday, traditionally “Ladies’ Day” and the day when the week’s showpiece race takes place: the Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is of course a Group 1 contest, open to horses aged four years or older. It takes place over two and a half miles, with […]

Bloodstock News

  • Vibrant trade as Goffs Land Rover Sale concludes- An incredible two days at the Goffs Land Rover Sale concluded with vibrant trade at Part 2 that was topped by Glen Stables’ beautiful Beat Hollow gelding (Lot 280) that sold for €90,000 to Martin Brassil (pictured), the purchaser of yesterday’s €185,000 sale-topping son of Yeats (Lot 113) from Rathmore […]
  • Day One results for Goffs Land Rover Sale- A clearance rate of 91% and a surge in median and six figure sales told the story of a record opening day at Goffs Land Rover Sale. Consistently strong trade throughout today’s session was topped by Rathmore Stud’s Yeats half-brother to multiple Graded winner Tombstone and own-brother to Listed hurdle […]