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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

  • Davy Russell, Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown House Stud take Cheltenham honours - Irish rider Davy Russell was crowned the Boodles Leading Jockey of this year’s Festival following four victories at Prestbury Park this week. Successful on Balko Des Flos (G1 Ryanair Air Chase), Delta Work (Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle), The Storyteller (Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate) and Presenting Percy (RSA […]
  • Le Prezien scores in the closing Grand Annual - Le Prezien was delivered late by Barry Geraghty, to win an incident-packed Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase, the closing race of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival. A field of 22 lined-up for this two mile contest. The final race of the week got underway with Bright New Dawn […]
  • Blow By Blow makes it eight for Elliott with Martin Pipe win - Gordon Elliott’s week got even better as Blow By Blow made all to land the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham. A field of 23 went to post for this 2 ½ mile contest. As the race started, Diese Des Bieffes was up with the leaders along with […]
  • Pacha Du Polder does it again in the Foxhunter - Pacha Du Polder won an enthralling race for the St. James’s Place Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham. A field of 24 lined-up for this race over the full 3 ¼ miles of the Gold Cup course. The runners were dispatched with Wonderful Charm prominent along with Foxrock as they charged to […]
  • Native River makes all to win the Gold Cup - Native River demonstrated all of his finest attributes as he ground his way to glory in the Grade One Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup at Cheltenham. The blue riband event of the season took place with a field of fifteen runners facing a testing 3 ¼ miles. The tapes went up […]
  • Kilbricken Storm causes a shock in the Albert Bartlett - Kilbricken Storm won an attritional renewal as the face of the race changed late on in the Grade One Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham. A field of twenty went to post for what promised to be a gruelling three-mile affair. The race got underway with Fabulous Saga jumping off […]

Irish Racing News

  • Irish Trainers Dominate at 2018 Cheltenham Festival - Irish horses made Cheltenham their own once again and a final tally of 17 winners saw Irish trainers post the second highest tally ever at the Festival. Gordon Elliott retained his leading trainer’s title with eight winners over the four days, edging out his great rival Willie Mullins who finished […]
  • Aidan O’Brien eyes Royal Ascot with Australian recruit Merchant Navy - Leading Australian runner Merchant Navy will join Aidan O’Brien this year ahead of a planned Royal Ascot run. The Fastnet Rock colt won the Group One Coolmore Stud Stakes for trainer Aaron Purcell last November and has finished third in both his starts this year, most recently chasing home Redkirk […]
  • Noel Meade very hopeful Road To Respect will stay Gold Cup trip - Noel Meade is “very hopeful” Road To Respect will stay the extended three and a quarter miles of the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday. The County Meath trainer was happy the way his horse finished the three miles at Leopardstown when winning the Christmas Chase, but knows it is […]

International Racing News

  • Surprise as Tosen Gift wins Listed contest at Saint-Cloud - Tosen Gift and Fabrice Veron made every yard before storming clear in the Listed Prix Rose de Mai at Saint-Cloud this afternoon. Heavy ground put stamina and fitness to a real premium for this group of twelve 3 year old fillies over 10 furlongs. At the break it was Tosen […]
  • Accelerate takes the Santa Anita Handicap - Accelerate put his rivals to the sword in impressive fashion to take the Grade One Santa Anita Handicap overnight. A field of eight lined-up at a decidedly wet Santa Anita. At the break it was Mubtaahij, racing widest, who went into the lead, while Giant Expectations lost ground by stumbling […]
  • Hawkbill holds on in the Dubai City Of Gold - Hawkbill returned from a break to just hold on in the Group Two Dubai City Of Gold at Meydan. Hawkbill broke well but it was Frontiersman who won the race for the early lead and went a length clear of Janszoon. At the back Gilt Complex was pulled up. Leaving […]

Latest Features

  • Peter Scudamore looks back on two Champion Hurdle triumphs - Being privileged to win the Champion Hurdle on more than one occasion is confined to an exclusive group of jockeys, of which Peter Scudamore is a signed-up member. In a career which produced more than 1,600 winners, the eight-times champion jockey was fortunate enough to win the two-mile championship prize […]
  • John Francome looks back on Midnight Court’s April Gold Cup win - From time to time even the very best require a bit of luck and John Francome will be forever thankful for the slice he received ahead of winning the 1978 Cheltenham Gold Cup. While the 65 year-old’s days in the saddle may long be over, victory aboard Midnight Court in […]

Bloodstock News

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 […]