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.
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
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
In June 2017, Leopardstown Racecourse announced that it would be hosting the jumps equivalent to the Irish Champions Weekend, with the Irish Champion Hurdle and Irish Gold Cup taking place over two stellar afternoons in early February.
The Irish Champion… Read More
The Irish Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt chase in Ireland which is open to horses aged five years or older.
Since its inception, it has developed into one of… 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 2018 Turf Flat Season overall proved somewhat of a disappointment to Course Specialist.
The Classic generation produced one or two outstanding performers, but none of the five English Classic winners triumphed again on the racecourse.
The two year old… Read More