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.
Although the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes was only inaugurated in 1951 and is relatively young in terms of prestige races in the UK, its status as a middle distance championship contest is uncontested.
A quick look at… Read More
One of the rare delights of the English summer is to go racing at Newmarket’s July Course, where there is a distinctly laid-back approach to racing.
The highlight of the course’s programme is the July Festival which takes place in… Read More
Parading at York in 2005
It has become a significant handicap during the course of the season and a well-trodden path to future stardom.
As York prepares to stage this diamond jubilee race, we take a look behind the scenes,… Read More
After the feast of racing thrown up by June’s Derbies and Royal Ascot, July always arrives with keen anticipation for the racing aficionado.
That is because the first Saturday in July really represents the start of the second half of… Read More
The Curragh on the final weekend of June is often the setting for revenge, an opportunity of Classic glory and the chance of affirmation of brilliance.
The Irish Derby often brings together the main principles from its Epsom counterpart earlier… Read More
Royal Ascot’s most prestigious sprint became the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012 in recognition of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to throne in 1952. It was elevated to Group One status to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002… Read More
There are plenty of races at the Royal meeting which leave connoisseurs waxing lyrical over the quality of competition. Certainly down the years the Coronation Stakes has fallen nicely into that category.
The Coronation Stakes is a Group 1 contest with similar conditions to… Read More
The Commonwealth Cup is a new innovation at Royal Ascot, but one which has quickly caught the imagination of owners, trainers and breeders.
The race, over six furlongs, is a Group One contest for three year olds (including geldings) and… Read More