Date - August 30, 2015

Welcome to Course-Specialist 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, will give you information on the history of horse racing, the big names and latest news and provides a big race preview section.


See below the latest news from some of the largest horse racing outlets in the UK and around the world.


Course-Specialist takes no responsibility for the content provided in these RSS feeds.

Racing UK - Google News

Google News - pure racing entertainment
Leger hope Sumbal beaten in France - pure racing entertainment
Ladbrokes St Leger entry Sumbal w - pure racing entertainment
Bocca back in business - pure racing entertainment
Bocca Baciata proved much too good for her ri - pure racing entertainment
Beloved rules supreme at Goodwood - pure racing entertainment
So Beloved produced a performance

Irish Racing Horse Racing News Headlines

The latest Horse Racing News from

Phil The Flyer made all to win the Buy Online Handicap Hurdle under Kevin

Bocca Baciata ran out a very emphatic winner of the Dance Design Fillies Stakes at

Ruby Walsh gained compensation following his fall from Daneking at Cork today when steering the


The British Horseracing Authority

The British Horseracing Authority

The BHA has underlined its commitment to Racing Together by appointing Sean O’Connor as Racing Together’s Community Engagement Manager. This news has been announced in the Racecourse Association’s Inside Track, full article below:   Racing Togethe

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced the approval of the Equine Groom and Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship’s Standards. These new apprenticeships have been drawn up by a cross-discipline group representing all facets of equestrianism. The

The Juddmonte clash we’d all dreamed of might not have materialised but the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival made for an enthralling week of top-class racing nonetheless. It’s not just the pattern races that will live long in the memory and our

Latest Blogs

  • So Beloved all heart in Supreme victory - So Beloved was as game as a penny as he bravely fought back to land the spoils in the Group 3 Doom Bar Supreme Stakes at Goodwood today. Three non-runners resulted in a field of five contesting this lucrative prize, with the high profile Ivawood sadly among the absentees. The […]
  • Bocca Baciata revels in Curragh conditions - Bocca Baciata came back to her very classy best form with a rampant performance in the final furlong, to win the Group 3 Dance Design Fillies Stakes at the Curragh today. My Titania broke well and was content to set the early running from Stellar Glow. The order changed very […]
  • Smash Williams impressed as he made it two from two in teh Group 3 Round Tower Stakes

Image by Smash Williams impressive in the Round Tower Stakes - Inexperience proved no inconvenience to the flashy colt Smash Williams, who made light work of some useful rivals to win the Group 3 Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh this afternoon. With two absentees, a field of five went to post for this 6 furlong contest. Smash Williams broke quickly […]
  • Siljan's Saga won the Grand Prix de Deauville

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Longchamp Racecourse Siljan’s Saga back to form in Grand Prix de Deauville - Deauville’s 2015 Festival drew to a close with the Group 2 Lucien Barriere Grand Prix de Deauville the feature race of the day, going the way of the mate Siljan’s Saga. Cocktail Queen went on from the gate with Scottish on the outside, giving jockey David Probert plenty of work […]
  • Aidan O'Brien has a strong hand in this weekend's Curragh card

Image by O’ Brien at the double on Curragh card - Trainer Aidan O’Brien struck with an early double in the opening two races on the Curragh card this afternoon. The Ballydoyle team completed a juvenile double, when Beacon Rock and Kind Of Magic landed the opening contests on the card. Beacon Rock’s victory in the opening maiden, appeared improbable as […]
  • Keen Ice causes Travers sensation and beats American Pharoah - The scribes’ pens were poised to write another chapter, but there was an unexpected sting in the tail to a sensational Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, as Keen Ice caused the shock of the year in America and beat American Pharoah this evening. This race attracted far greater interest […]

Latest Features

  • Ivawood drops in trip after placing in two Guineas

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Supreme feel to Goodwood Sunday card - Goodwood’s Bank Holiday Weekend meeting continues with a very good renewal of the Group 3 Doom Bar Supreme Stakes over 7 furlongs on Sunday. Emell has been a fine servant to the Richard Hannon yard and the 5 year old has often run well in this grade in the past. […]
  • Dance Design headlines Curragh Sunday - Sunday sees an interesting card of racing at the Curragh, with juveniles and fillies and mares the main focus. The Group 3 Round Tower Stakes over 6 furlongs, is a race which often throws up a smart winner. After running a promising race on debut when third at Naas, Al […]
  • G Force won the 2014 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Big Race History: Betfred Sprint Cup - Over the past 50 years few owner/breeders have made a bigger impact on the Sport of Kings than Robert Sangster. Heir to the Vernons Pools business, Sangster developed a love of racing that developed into a magnificent empire, with his famous green and blue silks gracing the racecourses of the […]
  • Fascinating Rock (left) landed the Mooresbridge Stakes 

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Epsom Downs Racecourse Classy renewal of Winter Hill Stakes in prospect at Windsor - Windsor Racecourse stages a very classy renewal of the Group 3 Unibet Winter Hill Stakes over 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 7 yards this Saturday evening. The Listed Heritage Stakes at Leopardstown was the 2015 starting point for one of last season’s leading Irish trained 3 year olds Fascinating Rock. […]

Martin Smith Column

  • Martin Smith Racing Logo Martin Smith News August 21st 2015 - This time of year the yard is a hive of activity and full of buzz with all the meetings that we are attending. It is also the time of year that we see yearlings and horses in the 2015 training sales. As always we will be attending the sales but […]

Equine Management Training

  • Moon Over Miami (Charlie Moon) has settled in well to his new surroundings EMT Summer 2015 blog - As we roll through Summer it is always hoped that there will be more time to do things outside of work but that is just wishful thinking as it has never happened yet and it not going to happen this year either!  Where has the time gone! It doesn’t seem […]