Off The Course
A website focused on the Sport of Kings is not complete without looking at what goes on off the track and behind the scenes. Coursespecialist.co.uk aims to provide insightful features looking at how horse racing works operationally, from the stud farm to racecourse preparation for the big festivals and horse welfare and much more besides …
by Martin d’Evelin Pampaloni
This superbly detailed book chronicles the racing and stud career of one of the great horses of the Twentieth Century, the Ian Balding trained Mill Reef.
Foaled in 1968, this diminutive but charismatic son of Never… Read More
It is a sure-fire sign of winter’s proximity, as the nights draw in and the turf Flat Season winds to its inevitable conclusion.
But for the past five years, the all-weather under floodlights, has flourished, with a series of heart-warming… Read More
Amy Murphy and Jack QuinlanImage supplied by Newbury Racecourse
Having taken the decision to strike out as a trainer, it did not take Amy Murphy long to hit the mark.
In August 2016, Course-Specialist reported on Amy’s plans to set… Read More
One of the sheer delights of the 2018 Flat racing season has been the renaissance of the popular grey gelding Roy Rocket.
Trained in Newmarket, by a man familiar to all in town and in racing, Roy Rocket has become… Read More
Ed de Giles
Trainer Ed de Giles is hoping the expertise he acquired in the City as an investment banker will stand him in good stead as his string of horses grows.
Having served his racing apprenticeship in Lambourn, de… Read More
Owen Burrows begins his third full season as a trainer in 2018, with high hopes to build on the success of 2016 and 2017. Here he shares exclusive insight with Course-Specialist, on his career to date and the season ahead.… Read More
Racing historian Chris Pitt has just finished chronicling the history of Worcester Racecourse for his new book, ‘Pitchcroft: 300 Years of Racing in Worcester’. It tells of the famous – and infamous – horses and riders that have graced Worcester… Read More
Josephine Gordon is an ambassador for 32Red
Josephine Gordon’s rise has been meteoric over the past two seasons. In 2016 she became Champion Apprentice, while 2017 has seen her ride in Classics and for some of the most powerful owners… Read More