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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

  • Thirteen fillies left in the Investec Oaks - Group One winner Wild Illusion headlines 13 six-day confirmations for the £500,000 Investec Oaks (4.30pm) at Epsom Downs on the first day of the Investec Derby Festival, next Friday. Wild Illusion (Charlie Appleby), is aiming to provide owner Godolphin with its fourth Investec Oaks success and first since Kazzia in […]
  • Classical Times a class apart in the Cecil Frail Stakes - Classical Times, always up with the pace, ran out an impressive winner of the Listed British Stallion Studs Cecil Frail Stakes at Haydock Park. A dozen fillies and mares took on this six furlong test. At the off it was Golden Spell who led with Classical Times and All Out. […]
  • Battaash back with a narrow win in the Temple Stakes - Battaash, last season’s Prix de l’Abbaye winner, looks set for another big year, following his narrow success in the Group Two Armstrong Aggregates Temple Stakes at Haydock Park. Eleven sprinters went to post for this five-furlong sprint. Take Cover and Kachy were both fast away, with the latter and Just […]
  • Mirage Dancer wins Tapster Stakes - Mirage Dancer came back to form to land the Listed NetBet Android Download The App Tapster Stakes at Goodwood. Five older horses took on this 1 ½ mile contest. Blakeney Point took the field along and proved stubborn in the home straight. However, Pat Dobbs came with a perfectly-timed challenge […]
  • Sands Of Mali just holds on in a Sandy Lane Stakes thriller - Sands Of Mali got the better of a titanic battle with Invincible Army, to win the Group Two Armstrong Aggregates Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock Park. Eight three year olds went to post for this Commonwealth Cup trial. Unfortunately broke well but it was the Gimcrack winner Sands Of Mali, […]
  • Precious Ramotswe on top at York - Precious Ramotswe dug deep to win the inaugural running of the Group Three Al Basti Equiworld Dubai Bronte Cup Fillies’ Stakes at York. Six went to post for this 13 ½ furlong contest and at the break, it was Precious Ramotswe who led under sufferance – and the pace was […]

Irish Racing News

  • In-foal Opal Tiara scores in the Lanwades Stud Stakes - Opal Tiara, in-foal to last year’s Irish 2,000 Guineas winner Churchill, got the better of Hydrangea in the Group Two Lanwades Stud Stakes at the Curragh. Six fillies and mares took on this one mile contest. At the break, it was Opal Tiara, to the inside, who went on from […]
  • Romanised causes a shock in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas - There was an unexpected outcome to the Group One Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas, as Romanised romped to victory at the Curragh. The first colts Classic of 2018 in Ireland, attracted a field of eleven, over the mile. Elarqam and U S Navy Flag were well away from the gates. Settling […]
  • Merchant Navy wins the Greenlands Stakes on Irish debut - Merchant Navy confirmed himself an exciting Ballydoyle recruit as he landed the Group Two Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh. Nine lined-up for this six furlong contest which saw the Irish debut for ex-Australian Merchant Navy. Ardhoomey was well away, but Intelligence Cross soon went to the front and […]

International Racing News

  • Sophie P springs a surprise in the Gamely Stakes - There was a tight finish to the Grade One Gamely Stakes, as Sophie P narrowly denied the former British-trained Madam Dancelot, at Santa Anita, last night. Seven fillies and mares lined-up for this nine-furlong contest on the turf. At the break, Madame Stripes went on, while another ex-British runner Hawksmoor, […]
  • Accelerate back to form at Santa Anita - Accelerate put up a scintillating performance to romp away with the Grade One Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes this evening. A field of six older horses went to post for this 10-furlong contest on the dirt. From the break, Accelerate was bustled up on the inside and into the […]
  • Lady Aurelia and other Royal Ascot hopefuls work at Keeneland - Trainer Wesley Ward gave the thumbs-up signal to indicate his approval of today’s works at Keeneland by his horses – led by Stonestreet Stables and Peter Leidel’s European champion Lady Aurelia – after they worked on the turf course in preparation for the prestigious Royal Ascot meet in England in […]

Latest Features

  • Ed de Giles hoping city experience can help with growing string - Trainer Ed de Giles is hoping the expertise he acquired in the City as an investment banker will stand him in good stead as his string of horses grows. Having served his racing apprenticeship in Lambourn, de Giles went on to spend 15 years working for various banking firms before drawing sticks […]
  • Owen Burrows exclusive interview with Course-Specialist - Owen Burrows begins his third full season as a trainer in 2018, with high hopes to build on the success of 2016 and 2017. Here he shares exclusive insight with Course-Specialist, on his career to date and the season ahead. The Master of Kingwood came into the role, following the […]

Bloodstock News

  • 92% clearance rate provides strong finish to Goffs Spring Sale - High demand at all levels of the market for Horses-in-Training saw the second and final day of the Goffs UK Spring HIT/P2P Sale at Doncaster achieve an impressive clearance rate of 92% while the overall sale average and median grew by 7% and 20% respectively. Yesterday’s session topper, the £280,000 […]
  • Irish Pointers headline superb day at the Goffs Spring Sale - A superb line-up of Point-to-Pointers, Bumper Horses and Horses-in-Training and a buying bench featuring the leading NH owners and trainers headlined a very successful first day of the Goffs UK Spring HIT/P2P Sale at Doncaster which achieved a clearance rate of 88%. This afternoon’s Select P2P/Form Horse Session featured a […]

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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