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 Betfair Hurdle has long been regarded as one of the biggest, most lucrative handicap hurdle races to win in the British jumps racing calendar.
The Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race is open to … Read More
Desert Orchid won the inaugural race in a thrilling contest with Panto Prince
Formerly known as the Victor Chandler Chase, this 2 mile 1 furlong signature chase gives the month of January some real impetus and began life in 1989… Read More
The Welsh National has a long and illustrious history as well as several home and calendar dates.
The race originally had its home at Ely Racecourse in Cardiff, where the first running was held back in 1895. When Ely Racecourse… Read More
Undoubtedly the King George VI Chase, run at Kempton Park on Boxing Day, has become the Crown Jewel in British Steeplechasing’s first half of the season.
That underlines how misjudged the Jockey Club’s announcement that it wanted to sell… Read More
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
Mike Smith celebrates aboard ZenyattaCopyright Breeders’ Cup Ltd
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