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 Oaks Stakes preceded the Epsom Derby by one year, being first raced in 1779 and is consequently steeped in history and prestige as the forerunner to numerous “Oaks” races around the world which are exclusively for the very best fillies.
The… Read More
The Al Shaqab Lockinge
Stakes is the first Group One mile contest for older horses, in the British
The race takes place at
Newbury and attained Group One status in 1995, the same year that it became
exclusive… Read More
Inaugurated five years after the colts’ Classic the 2,000 Guineas, the 1,000 Guineas takes place over the same Rowley Mile at Newmarket but is exclusive to three year old fillies. Nowadays the race takes place on the Sunday after the… Read More
The 2,000 Guineas Stakes forms the first leg of the English Triple Crown for colts and is the first of the five English Classics to be run each year.
As befits its standing, the Guineas is a Group 1 flat horse race open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies.… Read More
No race in the world compares with the drama, sense of history and achievement of winning the Grand National.
Whilst the 30 formidable fences have been modified and the course is now less than 4 and a half miles, the… Read More
Cheltenham week attracts just under a quarter of a million race goers for the Festival each March, with the Friday the busiest day when the Cheltenham Gold Cup takes place. The race is regarded as the Blue Riband of National… Read More
Inaugurated in 1959, the Queen Mother Champion Chase has established itself as one of the highlights of the entire National Hunt season.
This two mile championship race leaves no margin for error and there have been numerous occasions where a… Read More
The Cheltenham Festival is always keenly awaited and the highlight of the opening day since 1980 has been the Champion Hurdle.
The race has developed into the premier hurdle race in the calendar and always attracts the cream of the… Read More