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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

  • Corinthia Knight enjoys smooth victory at Kempton - Corinthia Knight won for the first time over six furlongs in the £25,000 Matchbook Betting Podcast Conditions Race on Polytrack at Kempton Park this evening, Tuesday, January 16. Success in this Fast-Track Qualifier gave Corinthia Knight, trained by Archie Watson in Upper Lambourn and partnered by Edward Greatrex, a guaranteed free […]
  • Saint Calvados going for back-to-back successes as Newbury kicks off 2018 - Newbury Racecourse stages its first fixture of 2018 tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17, with a fascinating six-race programme on Betfred Day. Betfred Day is the first of 29 racedays at Newbury in 2018, with record prize money of over £5 million on offer during the next 12 months. The two richest […]
  • Captain Redbeard on the Grand National trail in the Peter Marsh Chase - Captain Redbeard is out to book his ticket for the Grand National in Saturday’s Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock. Stuart Coltherd’s stable star has already won the Tommy Whittle at the track this season and the trainer is hoping his love affair with Merseyside lasts until April. The nine-year-old has […]
  • Vibrato Valtat on course for the Sky Bet Chase - Grade One winner Vibrato Valtat could bid to claim his first victory in more than two years in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster on January 27th. The Emma Lavelle-trained 10-year-old came within a neck of getting his head in front for the first time since winning the 2015 Haldon […]
  • Dame Rose aims to put Challow Hurdle disappointment in the past - Richard Hobson reports Dame Rose to be back in good form following a below-par performance in the Challow Hurdle at Newbury. Hobson’s pre-race concerns about the heavy ground over an extended two and a half miles proved correct and Dame Rose was pulled up by Harry Skelton when she lost […]
  • Guitar Pete set for Ascot outing - Nicky Richards is looking forward to running Guitar Pete in the bet365 Handicap Chase at Ascot on Saturday. The Greystoke handler nominated this two-mile-five-furlong contest as the target following his victory in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham last month and intends to stick to that plan. “All being […]

Irish Racing News

  • De Bromhead aiming Monalee at the Flogas Novice Chase - Henry de Bromhead will be hoping Monalee can put in a clear round in the Flogas Novice Chase at Leopardstown. The seven-year-old fell on his most recent start at the Foxrock circuit, but could bid to atone in the February 4 contest. De Bromhead said: “He schooled this morning and […]
  • Mullins reports Footpad in great shape - The Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase at Leopardstown is highlighted by Willie Mullins’ Footpad, an impressive winner of both his starts over fences to date. He is likely to be joined by stablemate Demi Sang, who is also among the 10 entries for the race on February 3. “Footpad […]
  • Samcro likely to stick to novice company despite Irish Champion Hurdle entry - Gordon Elliott’s exciting prospect Samcro is set to be kept to novice company this season despite being entered in the BHP Irish Champion Hurdle. The unbeaten six-year-old will instead run in the Nathaniel Lacy & Partners Solicitors Novice Hurdle at the inaugural Dublin Racing Festival, taking place at Leopardstown on […]

International Racing News

  • At The Races renews broadcasting rights for exclusive live coverage of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational - At The Races will once again broadcast exclusive live coverage of the world’s richest horse race – the Pegasus World Cup Invitational from Gulfstream Park on Saturday 27th January. Last year’s inaugural running saw a dominant victory for 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate. The record-breaking $16m purse reflects a prize-money […]
  • Rivet and Lockheed amongst entries for Hong Kong Derby - Hong Kong recruits Rivet and Lockheed both hold entries for the £1.7million Group 1 BMW Hong Kong Derby on 18th March. Rivet, a winner of the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in 2016, is ranked 11th of Hong Kong’s four-year-olds, six places ahead of the ex-William Haggas-trained Lockheed. After landing […]
  • Ertijaal on form at Meydan - Ertijaal kicked off his Dubai Carnival campaign with a third successive victory in the five-furlong turf handicap at Meydan. The ex-William Haggas-trained seven-year-old has won the event for the past two seasons before eventually going on to contest the Al Quoz Sprint on World Cup night, finishing second in 2016 […]

Latest Features

  • Big Race History: Clarence House Chase - Formerly known as the Victor Chandler Chase, this 2 mile 1 furlong signature chase gives the month of January some real impetus and began life in 1989 with a renewal that still stirs the pulse. That first renewal saw a dramatic and titanic finish between the popular Panto Prince and […]
  • Big Race History: Coral Welsh National - The Welsh National has a long and illustrious history as well as several home and calendar dates. The race originally had its home at Ely Racecourse in Cardiff, where the first running was held back in 1895. When Ely Racecourse closed in 1939, World War II intervened and the Welsh […]

Bloodstock News

  • 2018 ITM Irish Stallion Trail a tremendous success - The 2018 ITM Irish Stallion Trail was declared a tremendous success after large crowds turned out on Friday January 12 and Saturday January 13, visiting a record 29 stud farms, many of whom experienced increased numbers on the 2017 high of over 2,000 visitors, with a particular rise in the […]
  • Buoyant market fuels substantial gains at Keeneland January Sale   - Keeneland’s 2018 January Horses of All Ages Sale concluded Thursday with healthy results that signal continued buyer confidence and demand for quality that buoyed the recent September Yearling and November Breeding Stock auctions. Evidence of market strength were the significant growth in gross, average and median prices spurred by competition among […]

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 […]