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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.

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Latest Blogs

  • Lot 722 by Dandy Man

Image supplied by Goffs Ltd Dandy Man filly tops Goffs Sportsman’s Sale Part 1 - Today’s first session of the two day Sportsman’s Sale was topped by a Dandy Man filly from Catherinestown Stud Farm (Lot 722 – pictured) that was purchased by Joe Foley for €90,000.  The filly is a granddaughter of Group 1 performer Rosinka.   Zoffany sired the next two highest priced yearlings of […]
  • Order Of St George is clear of Mizzou in the Gold Cup

Image by www.healyracing.ie Dettori delighted to ride Order Of St George in the Arc - Frankie Dettori will ride Gold Cup winner Order Of St George for Aidan O’Brien in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday. Dettori, who will be seeking a fifth win in the 12-furlong feature, had been provisionally booked by trainer Dermot Weld for the 2015 Champion Stakes […]
  • Argenterie

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Argenterie scoped poorly after Rockfel Stakes defeat - Marcus Tregoning has revealed that Argenterie had a dirty scope following her poor effort in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket. The Whitsbury handler had expected a lot more from the filly on the back of her victory at Salisbury, but she beat only one home when seventh behind Spain Burg […]
  • Plans fluid as Persuasive misses the Sun Chariot Stakes - Connections of Persuasive have yet to decide whether she will run again this season after electing to bypass Saturday’s Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket. Unbeaten in her first five starts, the John Gosden-trained filly was last seen beating all bar Alice Springs on her Group One debut […]
  • EBF Stallions logo Blanshard stable star Stellarta aiming for big money in EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series finale -   The new EBF Breeders’ Fillies Series comes to a climax at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday (October 1st) when a total of £200,000 is up for grabs in the last four of its 20 races – all £50,000 open handicaps over six, eight, ten and 12 furlongs. The […]
  • G Force

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Longchamp Racecourse G Force to miss Bengough Stakes in favour of Curragh run - Connections of G Force have decided to bypass the Bengough Stakes at Ascot on Saturday and wait for the Waterford Testimonial Stakes at the Curragh on October 9. Adrian Keatley, who now trains the Group One-winning five-year-old, feels the ground might not be suitable and prefers to wait a week […]

Latest Features

  • Golden Horn is clear of Flintshire and New Bay in the Arc, as Treve finishes late on the outside

Image by www.racehorsephotos.co.uk Big Race History: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe - There are championship races and there are championship races. Some are manufactured and establish significance on account of monetary value; but others are steeped in history and prestige. The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp falls into the latter category and simply has always been essential in defining […]
  • Capri

Image by www.healyracing.ie A preview of the Group races on Beresford Stakes Day at the Curragh - On Sunday the Curragh stages a terrific card with three Group races forming the centre piece. First up is the Group 3 C.L. & M.F. Weld Park Stakes for two year old fillies over seven furlongs. Dawn Of A New Era makes her second start here – and remarkably is […]
  • The Cambridgeshire field approaches the furlong pole

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse A preview of a cracking Newmarket card on Cambridgeshire Day - On Saturday, Newmarket stages one of the big race days of the year, with the Betfred Cambridgeshire Handicap the centrepiece of a brilliant card of two year old action. First up comes the Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes over a mile. Arcada took time to find his way but […]
  • Fair Eva lands the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot

Image by www.racehorsephotos.co.uk Preview of the Rockfel Stakes and Joel Stakes at Newmarket on Friday - The middle day of Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting features a card stacked with quality, Listed contests and two Group 2 races. The Group 2 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes over seven furlongs is often a significant pointer to the following year’s Classics. Among its notable winners have been: Mahogany, Musical Bliss, Musicale, Lahan, […]

Martin Smith Column

  • Ifwecan

Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse Martin Smith Racing News July 2016 – Summer Sun and Flying Frankie! - With the sun finally shining our horses are blossoming, we have had some lovely days racing. Its always great to see owners shouting their horses home up the finishing straight We have been lucky enough to have Frankie Dettori ride for us recently and he has given us two thrilling […]

Equine Management Training

  • Dark bay horse

Depending on requirements, we can send horses back to their trainer at any stage of their training whether just starting cantering work or ready to pick up their fast work EMT Summer 2016 Blog - It is frightening to think that we are already 3 weeks past the longest day, the Olympics are just around the corner and then …. summer will be over!   Now we know that has really cheered you up!  However, summer doesn’t seem to have properly kicked in yet so hopefully […]