In this section course-specialist.co.uk takes a look at the overall history of the big races that have shaped the pattern system for Ireland and the UK and have defined horse racing’s champions. From the Cheltenham Festival to the Grand National, Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot, York’s Ebor meeting, Newbury’s Winter Festival and Kempton’s King George VI Chase, course-specialist.co.uk gives you insight into the famous winners that have made these races so prestigious.
The Yorkshire Oaks is one of the major races at York’s prestigious Ebor Festival each August.
Established in 1849, the race has been a Group 1 contest since 1971 and is run over a mile and a half.
Originally the… Read More
The Juddmonte International Stakes is one of the high points of British summer racing. Inaugurated in 1972, the race began with a dramatic bang and has lived up to its reputation for shocks and thrills and top class racing ever… Read More
High class championship racing over a mile, on the glorious undulations of the South Downs. Glorious Goodwood takes place at the height of the English summer’s splendour and offers racing fans five days of top class action, with the Sussex… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
Parading at York in 2005
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,… Read More
After the feast of racing thrown up by June’s Derbies and Royal Ascot, July always arrives with keen anticipation for the racing aficionado.
That is because the first Saturday in July really represents the start of the second half of… Read More
The Curragh on the final weekend of June is often the setting for revenge, an opportunity of Classic glory and the chance of affirmation of brilliance.
The Irish Derby often brings together the main principles from its Epsom counterpart earlier… Read More