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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

  • 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 […]
  • Tanasoq storms to “Dash” victory - Paul Midgley’s propensity to train sprint handicap winners, received further endorsement, as Tanasoq came late to land the Investec Corporate Banking “Dash” Handicap at Epsom. A field of 20 horses assembled for this five-furlong straight cavalry charge. From the off, Caspian Prince, the three-time winner, broke well and was chased […]

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

  • 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 […]
  • Epsom winners make early running in Cartier Racing Awards - Masar and Cracksman, successful in two of the highlights at this year’s Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse, head the early standings in the race to be crowned Cartier Horse Of The Year. The 28th Cartier Racing Awards will be presented at a glittering ceremony before an invited audience […]

Latest Features

  • 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 […]
  • Derby memories with Geoff Lewis and John Reid - GEOFF LEWIS REMEMBERS MILL REEF The draw for the Investec Derby took the form of a live ceremony for the first time today at Epsom Downs, broadcast live by Racing UK and live-streamed on Facebook and Twitter by Epsom Downs Racecourse and Unibet, official betting partner of the Investec Derby […]

Bloodstock News

  • 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 […]
  • Mascha offered on Arqanaonline.com - A daughter of the influential sire Le Havre, Mascha created a major impression last Saturday at Baden-Baden when taking the Listed Diana-Trial by three lengths. That performance was awarded a rating of 98, the third highest for a three-year-old filly in Germany, only three pounds below the German 1,000 Guineas […]

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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