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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 international horse racing. From the Punchestown Festival to Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood and York’s Ebor Festival, Course-Specialist.co.uk will give you information on the history of horse racing, the big names and latest news.

Racing News

  • Oriental Fox wins his second Queen Alexandra as Thomas Hobson efforts take their toll - Oriental Fox proved the only horse this week who could beat the redoubtable Thomas Hobson as he got the upper hand in a super finish to the Queen Alexandra Stakes, the finale to Royal Ascot 2017. The field of 18 assembled for the last race of a memorable meeting, with […]
  • Out Do wins a blanket finish to the Wokingham - Out Do came out of stall one to win the Wokingham Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot 2017. A field of 28 faced the starter ahead of this six furlong handicap charge. At the start the field split into two with Lancelot Du Lac leading Muntadab and Birchwood, […]
  • The Tin Man wins a Diamond Jubilee thriller - For the second day running in a Group 1 sprint, the cream rose to the top as three horses went clear of their rivals to fight out the finish, with The Tin Man landing the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot today. Nineteen horses went to post for the final […]
  • Spring Fling a timely winner for Henry Candy at Ayr - Spring Fling provided the perfect hors d’oeuvres for Henry Candy as she got up late on to win the Listed Scottish Sun/British Stallion Studs EBF Land O’Burns Fillies’ Stakes at Ayr this afternoon. A dozen fillies lined-up for this five furlong dash. Mayfair Lady was away well but on the […]
  • Idaho upholds family honour in the Hardwicke Stakes - Idaho made amends for his brother Highland Reel’s narrow defeat a year earlier, as he won the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot today. A dozen older horses went to post for this 1 ½ mile contest, including last year’s winner Dartmouth, owned by the Queen. As the stalls […]
  • Snoano delivers in the Wolferton Handicap - Snoano and David Allan had to slalom their way through the field en-route to an exciting victory in the Listed Wolferton Handicap at Royal Ascot today. Sixteen lined-up for this 10 furlong contest. Khairaat and Maverick Wave were among the early leaders and the pace was fierce. Maverick Wave led […]

Irish Racing News

  • Clongowes loses maiden tag in the Ulster Derby - Clongowes may have been a maiden beforehand, but got off the mark with a convincing display to land the Magners Ulster Derby at Down Royal today. Nine went to post for this 1 ½ mile handicap. At the break it was World War who led from Finn McCool and Druids […]
  • Sandymount Duke battles hard for Down Royal success - Sandymount Duke cut out most of the running and showed great heart to fight his way back in front and land the Thetote.com Galway Plate Trial Handicap Chase at Down Royal this evening. A field of nine lined-up for this 2 ½ mile contest. At flag fall it was Sandymount […]
  • HRI announces applications are now open for Exercise Rider Training Course - Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), through its Careers and Racing Education (CARE) department, in conjunction with RACE, are currently recruiting for an Exercise Riders Training Course which will commence on Monday 31st July. The four week course will focus on stable management, riding skills, personal fitness as well as providing an […]

International Racing News

  • Keeneland announces $5.325 Million Stakes schedule for 2017 Fall Meet - Keeneland’s 2017 Fall Meet, which covers 17 days from Oct. 6-28, will present six Grade 1 races among 17 graded stakes worth $5.325 million and will showcase many of the nation’s top contenders aiming for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships during its signature Fall Stars Weekend on the first three […]
  • Connections’ comments after Senga wins the Prix de Diane Longines - The French filly Senga won the Prix de Diane Longines (Group 1) on Sunday at Chantilly, which is the fourth leg of the EpiqE Series, which is in its second year. She was ridden by Stéphane Pasquier, who was winning his first ‘Diane’, carrying the colours of Flaxman Stables Ireland […]
  • German Guineas glory for Hugo Palmer’s Unforgetable Filly - Unforgetable Filly, second in the Nell Gwyn Stakes in the spring, secured Classic glory as she gave trainer Hugo Palmer back to back victories in the German 1,000 Guineas at Dusseldorf this afternoon. Following in the footsteps of Hawksmoor, the daughter of Sepoy, a recent winner at Musselburgh, landed the […]

Latest Features

  • PRO Syndicates’ Captain Sedgwick continues to improve despite a recent spill - By Connor Heaps at Personal Racehorse Owners (PRO) Syndicate It’s been an interesting journey for the owners of Captain Sedgwick so far and you can’t help but feel it’s only going to get better. She’s always been a scopey filly who took lots of interest just based on her looks […]
  • Royal Ascot Big Race History: Diamond Jubilee Stakes - Royal Ascot’s most prestigious sprint became the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012 in recognition of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to throne in 1952. It was elevated to Group One status to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002 and run as the Golden Jubilee Stakes from 2002 – […]

Bloodstock News

  • High class and well-bred fillies at the Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale - The phenomenal pedigrees on offer at this year’s Derby Sale for well- bred fillies extends deeper than ever and for those in search of a filly with a successful dam, there are six high-class options. Lot 112 boasts a wonderful pedigree as the daughter of Grade 1 Prix Alain du […]
  • Eight horses added to Arqana Summer Sale Catalogue as Wild Cards - As a result of the Wild Card system, eight horses in training have been added to the Summer Sale catalogue that have recently produced eye-catching performances. They will go under the hammer on July 6 at Deauville.   MADIVA (lot 340) Trained by Christophe Lotoux and rated 88, this five-year-old […]

Martin Smith Column

  • Martin Smith Racing News June 19th 2017 - Another winner … and a Royal Ascot entry. Hopefully anyone betting on In The Red on Friday is now in the black after the 4 year old, Elusive Pimpernel gelding got up to win the 7f Apprentices Handicap at Goodwood ! Partnered by the in-form Milly Naseb, In the Red was given […]

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 […]