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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

  • More Mischief Galtres Stakes run could hinge on the weather - Jedd O’Keeffe has his fingers crossed the rain arrives in midweek ahead of More Mischief’s planned outing in the British EBF & Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes at York on Thursday. The North Yorkshire trainer would dearly like the five-year-old to have the chance to win her second Listed contest […]
  • Chris Wall weighs up options for First Sitting - Chris Wall will consider options at home and in France for First Sitting following his big victory at Deauville. The six-year-old gelding took his form to new heights when he defeated last season’s now-retired champion three-year-old Almanzor in a Group Three last Tuesday. Plans to send First Sitting to Turkey […]
  • Top class hurdler Neon Wolf fatally injured - Neon Wolf, last season’s Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle runner-up at the Cheltenham Festival, has suffered a fatal injury, said trainer Harry Fry. The six-year-old could not be saved after a “freak accident in his stable”. The Dorset trainer told www.harryfryracing.com: ” He had the potential to go right to […]
  • Seven declared for a cracking Juddmonte International Stakes at York - Coral-Eclipse principals Ulysses and Barney Roy are set for an intriguing rematch in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York on Wednesday. The pair treated racing fans to a thrilling finish at Sandown last month and are among seven horses declared for the Group One over an extended mile and a […]
  • Cracksman among Great Voltigeur Stakes eight - Irish Derby runner-up Cracksman will take on seven rivals as he bids to return to winning ways in the Betway Great Voltigeur at York on Wednesday. The John Gosden-trained son of Frankel, who also finished third in the Epsom Derby, will make his first start since his appearance at the […]
  • Barney Roy heads Godolphin trio on day one of York’s Ebor Festival - Godolphin has three runners on Wednesday, the first day of the Ebor Festival at York, UK, headed by Barney Roy (Richard Hannon/James Doyle) in the Group 1 Juddmonte International over an extended 10 furlongs. Barney Roy was last seen out when the excellent nose runner-up to Ulysses in the Group […]

Irish Racing News

  • A Magical performance in the Debutante Stakes - Magical, the relatively unconsidered third runner from her stable, caused a surprise as she dictated affairs to win the Group 2 Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes at the Curragh this afternoon. A field of eight lined up for what is often one of the most significant two year old fillies […]
  • Shamreen dominates the Royal Whip - Shamreen came back to form with a vengeance as she romped away with the Group 3 Qatar Airways Royal Whip Stakes at the Curragh this afternoon. Five horses contested this 10 furlong race. At the break it was Shamreen and Massif Central who broke best, with the latter quickly going […]
  • Capri a doubt for Great Voltigeur Stakes - Irish Derby winner Capri is a big doubt for the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York, after returning a dirty scope. Trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “Capri may not go for the Voltigeur. “He didn’t have a clean scope this morning, and we’ll see how he is tomorrow. “Usually if it’s […]

International Racing News

  • Latest standings for the 2017 Cartier Racing Awards - Cartier Horse Of The Year Winter – 148 Enable – 128 Ribchester – 110 Barney Roy – 104 Roly Poly – 96 Ulysses – 92 Thunder Snow – 90 Churchill – 80 Decorated Knight – 80 Highland Reel – 80   Cartier Older Horse Ribchester – 110 Ulysses – 92 […]
  • Almanzor retired to stud - Last year’s outstanding three year old colt Almanzor has been retired after his lacklustre return at Deauville last week. The four year old colt blazed a trail through Europe last season when his victories included the Prix de Jockey Club and Irish Champion Stakes. However, the son of Wootton Bassett […]
  • Marmelo completes a fine day for the British at Deauville - Marmelo completed a clean sweep of the big prizes for British trained horses as he won the Group Two Darley Prix Kergorlay at Deauville today. A field of eight went to post for a staying race that is often a prep race for the Prix du Cadran. Nobody was too […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Nunthorpe Stakes - To many racing fans August first and foremost represents the Ebor Festival Meeting at York. The Ebor festival was first established in 1843 with the first running of the Ebor Handicap and the meeting now covers four days of exquisite racing from the speedy juveniles, to classy maidens, top class […]
  • Big Race History: Yorkshire Oaks - The Yorkshire Oaks is one of the major races at York’s prestigious Ebor Festival each August. Established in 1849, the race has been a Group 1 contest since 1971 and is run over a mile and a half. Originally the race was open to three year old fillies, but older […]

Bloodstock News

  • Record average prices at the Arqana August Yearling Sales - The solid appetite for quality horses witnessed during Part I of the 2017 August Yearling Sale carried over to the third and final day, featuring Part II of the catalogue. 76% of the 145 yearlings who were led through the ring sold, an improved clearance rate from the same session […]
  • Tattersalls Ireland graduate Unfortunately lands Group 1 Prix Morny - Numerous Group 1 winners have started out their careers as yearlings at the Tattersalls Ireland September Yearling Sale; Guineas winner GALILEO GOLD, Leger winner WICKLOW BRAVE, Prix Morny and Coventry winner THE WOW SIGNAL, July Cup winner LETHAL FORCE and yesterday’s result of the Group 1 Prix Morny added another star to the list with […]

Martin Smith Column

  • Preparing for the Yearling Sales - The yearling sales are just around the corner, starting with Deauville Yearling sales this weekend, then Doncaster Yearling sales on the 29th and 30th of August and the catalogues for the Tattersalls Yearling Sales here in Newmarket this October are already available online. With this in mind we have already […]

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 […]