Welcome to Course-Specialist

Course-Specialist.co.uk is a fresh look at horse racing, providing news, views and insight into horse racing’s topics of the day. What makes us different? Not just a horse racing blog, we are independent and aim to celebrate the best of British and Irish horse racing. From the Cheltenham Festival to the Grand National, Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot, York, Newbury and Kempton’s King George VI Chase, Course-Specialist.co.uk will give you information on the history of horse racing, the big names and latest news and provides a big race preview section.

Course Specialist Magazine

Latest Blogs

  • Course Specialist closes - It is with a heavy heart that I have decided to call time on Course Specialist website and magazine. The decision from The Jockey Club to close Kempton Park and to try to smother this news with the justification of “progress” was further proof that racing’s rulers don’t share my passion for the […]
  • Ireland could be next for The Nipper - A visit to Ireland could be on the cards for The Nipper after she got her career back on track at Lingfield. Showing no ill effects of her fall on her hurdles debut at Wetherby on Boxing Day, she made amends in the two-mile mares’ novice hurdle when she proved […]
  • Nicky Henderson critical of Kempton Park closure plans - Nicky Henderson believes it will be “a nail in the National Hunt coffin” if Kempton is closed for housing redevelopment. Henderson has saddled 58 jumps winners at the Middlesex circuit in the last five years, more than at any other jumps venue in Britain. Perhaps even more tellingly, the 200 […]
  • Days Hotel heads Dan Moore Memorial Chase entries - Henry de Bromhead’s classy performer Days Hotel heads 16 possibles for the Bar One Racing Dan Moore Memorial Handicap Chase at Fairyhouse on Sunday following the five-day confirmation stage. Days Hotel, whose last success came in a Grade Two contest at Naas in February, was second to the brilliant Douvan […]
  • Brain Power on course for Sandown Park’s Contenders Hurdle - Brain Power will test his Champion Hurdle credentials in the Contenders Hurdle at Sandown on February 4. The Nicky Henderson-trained six-year-old was successful at the Esher venue in early December and followed up a fortnight later with an impressive victory in the Wessex Youth Trust Handicap Hurdle – formerly known […]
  • Kauto Star owner Clive Smith shocked and saddened by Jockey Club announcement - Clive Smith, owner of legendary five-time King George VI Chase hero Kauto Star, admitted to being shocked and saddened by the news that Kempton could be closed for housing redevelopment. The Paul Nicholls-trained Kauto Star was one of the most popular chasers of the modern era, and brought the house […]

Latest Features

  • Pearl Secret: The story of a new stallion - Pearl Secret truly made his mark on the racecourse as a popular, flashy sprinter, who gained a regular following as he returned to the racecourse year after year. The seven year old was a winner at two, three, five and six years of age, landing major prizes along the way, […]
  • 2016 Two Year Old Colts Review - Churchill showed a portent for what was to follow, when losing his maiden tag in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. By season’s end, Aidan O’Brien’s son of Galileo was Champion Two Year Old Colt in Europe, having won five straight, including the Group 1 National Stakes and the […]
  • Big Race Preview: Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle - The first Grade 1 of 2017 in Ireland takes place at Naas on Sunday, with the Lawlor’s Hotel Novice Hurdle over 2 ½ miles. Bel Ami De Sivola showed raw promise when placing in two novice hurdle races in the autumn of 2015, but has come back looking a very […]
  • Big Race Preview: 32Red Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle - On Saturday the first Grade 1 contest of 2016 in the UK, takes place at Sandown Park, as the 32Red Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle takes place over two miles. This significant contest has been won in the past by top class horses including the likes of Grand Canyon, Western Rose, Broadsword, […]

Martin Smith Column

  • Martin Smith Racing News October 25th 2016 - Teversham wins at 50/1! Teversham made our day yesterday at Leicester by taking his career wins to 3. He defied odds of 50/1 to win the Fosse Way Handicap for gentleman amateurs over 7f. The 3 year old by Kheleyf touched 66/1 earlier in the day and was patiently ridden by J J […]

Equine Management Training

  • EMT Winter 2016 blog - What has happened to 2017?! The first few months passed at a sensible rate but all of a sudden we are almost at the end of it! With our thoughts and plans well and truly focused on the early months of 2017 it is easy to overlook that fact that […]