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 …
Training is all about progression, learning new things and developing facilities, to give every horse an opportunity to succeed and to encourage new owners.
In the Blackmoor Vale, North Dorset, Brian Barr and his partner Daisy, have been gradually building… Read More
Havana Gold at Tweenhills
In deepest Gloucestershire, on a freezing cold January morning, the future has arrived at Tweenhills Stud.
As the sheep nonchalantly graze in the paddock next to the gates, a small dog patters casually around the yard.… Read More
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