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.
Very few race horses attain a level of popularity that thrusts them into the conscience of a wider public audience. Fewer still achieve such a following that a race is named after their exploits.
In the 1970’s the two mile… Read More
The Betfair Chase (registered as the Lancashire Chase) has a short history but one packed with quality. The race has quickly established itself as an elite contest and one which regularly attracts the very best staying chasers from England and… Read More
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Hollywood Park, California, welcomed the inaugural gathering of the world’s finest thoroughbreds back in October 1984. The meeting commenced after several spectacular years at the North American yearling sales, which had seen… Read More
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First run in 1961 as the Timeform Gold Cup, the Vertem
Futurity Trophy, at Doncaster Racecourse, is the final Group One race of the UK
turf flat season and a pointer… Read More
Now recognised as the race that most likely defines the champion two year old colt of Britain and Ireland each season, the Dewhurst Stakes is a race that also plays a significant role in establishing likely contenders for the following… Read More
The Irish Champion Stakes has been a modicum for excellence since its inception in 1976, when the race was inaugurated as the Joe McGrath Memorial Stakes.
Originally run at Leopardstown, the race commemorated Joe McGrath, who had passed away a… Read More
The world’s oldest Classic horse race takes place at Doncaster each September. The term ‘Heritage Race’ could almost have been invented for a race which was first run in 1776.
The St Leger forms the final part of the colts’… Read More
Over the past 50 years few owner/breeders have made a bigger impact on the Sport of Kings than Robert Sangster. Heir to the Vernons Pools business, Sangster developed a love of racing that developed into a magnificent empire, with his… Read More