Date - October 17, 2019
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Big Races

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.

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Big Race History: Dewhurst Stakes

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

Big Race History: Irish Champion Stakes

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

Big Race History: St Leger Stakes

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

Big Race History: Sussex Stakes

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

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