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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

  • July racing summary - British Racing News   The death of John Dunlop John Dunlop, one of the most successful British post-war trainers, has very sadly died at the age of 78. Dunlop was an important conduit to the arrival of the Maktoum family into British racing and saddled over 3,500 winners from his […]
  • Rajasinghe ruled out for 2018 season after injury setback - Last year’s Coventry Stakes winner Rajasinghe has suffered a setback and has been ruled out for the remainder of 2018 by trainer Richard Spencer. The Choisir colt broke the track record at Royal Ascot last June, but ran a disappointing race in the Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket last month. […]
  • Denman one of the modern day greats of chasing has died - Denman, forever remembered for that epic clash with Kauto Star in the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup, which he won of course, has died at the age of 18. Paul Nicholls revealed that the superstar, who won the 2007 RSA Chase and Hennessey Gold Cups in 2007 and 2009, despite shouldering […]
  • Trial announced by BHA for innovative new hybrid race - The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) had today announced a trial of a brand new type of race, known as Optional Claiming Handicaps – a hybrid of handicaps and claimers. These new races form part of a cross-industry commitment to diversify the race programme and create more options for trainers to […]
  • Andrew Thornton to retire on Wednesday - Veteran National Hunt jockey Andrew Thornton has announced he will retire at Uttoxeter on Wednesday. Thornton has ridden over 1,000 jumps winners and landed the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Cool Dawn in 1998. Having began his career with Arthur Stephenson, Thornton enjoyed big-race success on the likes of See More […]
  • Royal Ascot and Chantilly both options for Wild Illusion - Wild Illusion, who ran second to Forever Together in Friday’s Investec Oaks, could head to Chantilly or Royal Ascot for her next start. Trainer Charlie Appleby indicated that the filly is in good form after that run – and that he is considering the Prix de Diane and the Ribblesdale […]

Irish Racing News

  • Giuseppe Garibaldi impresses in the King George V Cup - Giuseppe Garibaldi ran out a convincing winner of the Listed King George V Cup at Leopardstown. Just the five horses went to post for this 1 ½ mile contest. At the break it was Burgundy Boy who led but was passed to the inside, by Lucius Tiberius. Settling down, Lucius […]
  • Zorion swoops late for Listed honours at Leopardstown - Zorion was delivered late to deny the game Allegio in the Listed Glencairn Stakes at Leopardstown this evening. Six went to post in this one mile contest. Zorion was the early leader, but with a furlong covered, Allegio led from Belle Boyd and Zorion. Leaving the back, Allegio, next to […]
  • 3,000 winners up for Willie Mullins - Trainer Willie Mullins celebrated the 3,000th victory of his training career, as Timi Roli won at Wexford today. Appropriately enough, Timi Roli carried the silks made famous by one of the biggest of Mullins’ stars, Hurricane Fly.

International Racing News

  • Marchand D’Or returns to Deauville for Retraining of Racehorses Day - Organised by the French charity Au-Dela Des Pistes with the support of France Galop, the third edition of the Retraining of Racehorses Day takes place on Saturday, August 25 at Deauville-La Touques Racecourse. MARCHAND D’OR, SOLOW, CIRRUS DES AIGLES, AFRICAN STORY Guest Stars at the Champions Parade The highlight of […]
  • Injury rules Beckford out of Royal Ascot - Last season’s Railway Stakes hero Beckford, who left Gordon Elliott to be trained in America, will miss an intended return to Europe for Royal Ascot, after suffering a leg fracture. The son of Bated Breath won his first two starts for Gordon Elliott last season, including his Group Two triumph […]
  • Six Keeneland Sales Graduates among Belmont Stakes ten - China Horse Club International, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm’s undefeated Justify, sold for $500,000 at Keeneland’s 2016 September Yearling Sale, will capture the Triple Crown with a victory in Saturday’s 150th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Presented by NYRA Bets at Belmont Park. Justify, is […]

Latest Features

  • 2018 Qatar (Glorious) Goodwood Festival Review - Stradivarius makes it back to back Goodwood Cups Stradivarius retained his Group One Qatar Goodwood Cup crown with a tremendous half-length success over Jessica Harrington’s Torcedor in a thrilling renewal of the two-mile contest. The four-year-old son of Sea The Stars is chasing the WH Stayers’ Million, a bonus of […]
  • 2018 Moet & Chandon Newmarket July Festival Review - After more than a month of practically unbroken sunshine, Newmarket’s July Course played host to a glorious three days of top class racing in one of the sport’s most convivial settings. Ladies’ Day Thursday was Ladies’ Day and delivered a kaleidoscope of colour, fashion and high class competition, both on […]

Bloodstock News

  • July 2018 Bloodstock News Summary - No Risk At All gelding tops initial edition of Arqana’s Show Lumet auction The inaugural edition of the Show Lumet auction, which included 54 two and three-year-old unraced National Hunt horses, took place under a bright sunshine and tropical temperatures at Bécon-Les-Granits near Angers. From 9:30am, the charges of pre-trainer […]
  • Fasig-Tipton July Sale Catalogue grows - Fasig-Tipton has catalogued 349 selected yearlings for The July Sale, to be held on Tuesday, July 10th, at the company’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Kentucky.  The sale will begin at 10 am. “July was a very healthy market last year, and as a result, consignors have responded with increased quality […]

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 […]

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