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Course-Specialist.co.uk is a fresh look at horse racing, providing news, views and insight into the Sport of Kings. What makes us different? Not just a horse racing blog, we are devoid of betting news or tipping – and aim to celebrate the best of international horse racing. From Newmarket’s Guineas Festival to Royal Ascot, Glorious Goodwood, York’s Ebor Festival, Irish Champions Weekend, the St Leger Festival, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and through to the Future Champions Festival back at Newmarket, Course-Specialist.co.uk will give you information on the history of horse racing, the big names and latest news.

Racing News

  • Richard Johnson tells Betway Flying Tiger is a live candidate for the County Hurdle - Double at Fakenham on Friday Calipso Collonges went off a very short-priced favourite but he did what he had to. He is a horse that is on the upgrade having won twice since moving to England. Hopefully he can continue to progress as the season goes on. Melekhov impressed me […]
  • Lil Rockerfeller heads 13 in Sunday’s National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell - Lil Rockerfeller is one of 13 entries for Sunday’s totepool National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell. Neil King’s stable star finished a gallant runner-up behind Nichols Canyon in the Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham last March and that race is his ultimate target once again. With that in mind, King is not […]
  • Gold Present leads 19 Kempton entries for Racing UK Handicap Chase - Gold Present heads the weights for the Racing UK Handicap Chase after 19 horses were confirmed at the five-day stage for Saturday’s three-mile feature at Kempton. The eight-year-old, trained by Nicky Henderson, has won both starts this season but was denied the chance of a hat-trick last Saturday when he […]
  • Milansbar among Eider Chase entries - Neil King is hopeful Bryony Frost will maintain her partnership with Milansbar in the Betfred Eider Chase at Newcastle on Saturday. The pair teamed up to win the Classic Chase at Warwick last time out and Milansbar is one of 21 entries for the marathon at Gosforth Park. Back up […]
  • Long House Hall to switch to hurdles at Cheltenham - Dan Skelton will switch back to hurdles with Long House Hall at the Cheltenham Festival ahead of a potential tilt at the Grand National at Aintree on April 14. The Alcester handler intends to give the 10-year-old an outing in the Coral Cup after he finished a respectable fourth in […]
  • Fergal O’Brien hopeful more to come with Barney Dwan - Fergal O’Brien anticipates a bold show from Barney Dwan on his return to the Cheltenham Festival in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase. After finishing second in the Pertemps Final 12 months ago, the eight-year-old will attempt to go one better in the extended two-and-a-half-mile Listed contest on March 13. […]

Irish Racing News

  • Joseph O’Brien to bide his time on Edwulf decision - Joseph O’Brien reports Edwulf in good heart two weeks on from his heroic victory in the Irish Gold Cup but a decision on his participation at Cheltenham will not be made until closer to the Festival. The JP McManus-owned gelding produced a fairytale comeback to take the feature contest at […]
  • A preview of Tuesday’s Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel - Mouse Morris has described Last Man Standing as “next year’s horse” ahead of Tuesday’s Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel. The Sue Magnier-owned five-year-old opened his account at the fourth attempt over obstacles, easily winning a 14-runner maiden hurdle at Thurles. He was also entered in a similar race back […]
  • Espoir D’Allen to miss the Triumph Hurdle - Espoir D’Allen will not run at the Cheltenham Festival after being taken out of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Triumph Hurdle. Trainer Gavin Cromwell scratched the four-year-old from both races as he feels he needs more time to recover from a busy first half of the season. The French […]

International Racing News

  • Simply Brilliant lands a first Hong Kong success for Frankel - Super sire Frankel carded his first winner in Hong Kong as Simply Brilliant (Frankel x Red Bloom) took the £120,000 Class 3 Kut Cheong Handicap at Sha Tin on Sunday’s Chinese New Year Raceday. Previously named Senator when trained by Richard Fahey and sixth in the Britannia Stakes at Ascot last season, […]
  • Marie D’Argent lands today’s French Fast-Track Qualifier - Marie D’Argent maintained her unbeaten record when booking her place for All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, March 30, with a smooth success in the €52,000 Listed Prix Saonois over a mile on Polytrack at Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, today, Saturday, February 17. The four-year-old daughter of Kendargent was held up last […]
  • Promising Run inches to Balanchine glory - Promising Run just held off the late challenge of Furia Cruzada to land the Group Two Balanchine at Meydan this afternoon. A field of seven fillies and mares lined-up for this 9 furlong contest on the turf. Tiaemah went on in the early stages, with Opal Tiara to the inside […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Betfair Hurdle - The Betfair Hurdle has long been regarded as one of the biggest, most lucrative handicap hurdle races to win in the British jumps racing calendar. The Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race is open to horses aged four years or older and often attracts a fascinating mix of progressive novice hurdlers, established handicappers and would-be Champion […]
  • Big Race History: Irish Champion Hurdle - In June 2017, Leopardstown Racecourse announced that it would be hosting the jumps equivalent to the Irish Champions Weekend, with the Irish Champion Hurdle and Irish Gold Cup taking place over two stellar afternoons in early February. The Irish Champion Hurdle has long been established as one of the significant […]

Bloodstock News

  • Derby Sale 1-2 for Tattersalls Ireland in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase - Tattersalls Ireland Derby Sale graduates landed a 1-2 in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase on Saturday as WAITING PATIENTLY secured a poignant victory for trainer Ruth Jefferson, while CUE CARD lost nothing in defeat, completing his 25th start in Grade 1 company and finishing a gallant second. WAITING PATIENTLY was […]
  • Fantastic start to Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham February Sale - Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham February Sale saw immense trade throughout with the second and third highest prices ever achieved for a point to pointer of £410,000 and £400,000 and a record price for a five-year-old between the flags. A total of 9 lots sold for £100,000 or more while the median […]

Martin Smith Column

  • Martin Smith Racing latest news - Martin Smith Racing launches new syndicate Martin Smith Racing has launched a new syndicate which will be represented on the racecourse by a new yearling colt by the exciting sire Helmet (Aus)  out of Lady Pitrizza (Ire) . Details of the new syndicate are now available online or from the […]

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 […]