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.
As the crowds gather for the opening day of Royal Ascot, one sometimes wonders how much the audience appreciates the quality of equine flesh on show.
The Tuesday of the Royal Meeting lays strong claim to be one of the… Read More
The King’s Stand Stakes
is one of the major highlights of Royal Ascot and brings together the fastest
sprinters from around the world.
contest has truly attracted international support in the past couple of decades
and currently takes… Read More
Like many of the races at Royal Ascot, the Queen Anne Stakes has been through a number of changes down the years.
Today the race commemorates Queen Anne, the founder of Ascot Racecourse, having been run as the Trial Stakes… Read More
Every June, the culmination of four years of meticulous planning and dreams come to fruition for one thoroughbred racehorse, while those of countless others fall by the wayside.
The Epsom Derby is the race to win, coveted and feted around… Read More
The Oaks Stakes preceded the Epsom Derby by one year, being first raced in 1779 and is consequently steeped in history and prestige as the forerunner to numerous “Oaks” races around the world which are exclusively for the very best fillies.
The… Read More
The Al Shaqab Lockinge
Stakes is the first Group One mile contest for older horses, in the British
The race takes place at
Newbury and attained Group One status in 1995, the same year that it became
exclusive… Read More
Inaugurated five years after the colts’ Classic the 2,000 Guineas, the 1,000 Guineas takes place over the same Rowley Mile at Newmarket but is exclusive to three year old fillies. Nowadays the race takes place on the Sunday after the… Read More
The 2,000 Guineas Stakes forms the first leg of the English Triple Crown for colts and is the first of the five English Classics to be run each year.
As befits its standing, the Guineas is a Group 1 flat horse race open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies.… Read More