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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

  • Hollie Doyle announced as Goodwood ambassador for 2018 - Leading female jockey Hollie Doyle was today announced as the new ambassador for the 2018 season at Goodwood Racecourse. Based with Classic-winning trainer – and Goodwood specialist – Richard Hannon, Hollie’s career went from strength to strength in 2017 with 59 winners and over half a million pounds in prize […]
  • A preview of the Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr - Chesterfield will try to emulate the great Sea Pigeon when he bids to repeat last year’s triumph in the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle at Ayr on Saturday. The legendary Peter Easterby-trained performer recorded back-to-back victories in 1977-78, while the only other dual winner is Birds Nest, who was successful in […]
  • Richard Johnson looks ahead to a big weekend of racing at Ayr with Betway - I thought the whole issue with the heat at Cheltenham was well handled by the stewards. The welfare of the horses is obviously the most important thing. There were plenty of people on hand to cool the horses off after racing and to make sure they were getting plenty of […]
  • Connections’ thoughts ahead of the Scottish Grand National - Paul Nicholls believes Vicente has a “massive chance” of becoming the first horse in over a century to win three consecutive renewals of the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr on Saturday. Couvrefeu II is the only horse to have achieved the feat between 1911-13. Southern Hero struck gold on […]
  • The Queen’s Humbolt Current aims to put himself in Classic picture - Humbolt Current is likely to attract plenty of attention when he returns to action in the colours of the Queen at Newbury on Saturday. The Fastnet Rock colt caught the eye on his sole juvenile start last season and could put himself in the picture for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas […]
  • A preview of Saturday’s Fred Darling Stakes - Gavota aims to book her place in the Qipco 1,000 Guineas by contesting the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury tomorrow. Roger Charlton’s filly won her first two starts last year, before creditable placed efforts in Group races the Rockfel Stakes and Oh So Sharp Stakes. She finished second to Altyn […]

Irish Racing News

  • Order Of St George returns at Navan on Sunday - Star stayer Order Of St George appears to face a relatively straight forward return, with just two rivals in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan on Sunday. The 2016 Gold Cup hero was a whisker away from defending his crown at Royal Ascot last summer, but did land a second […]
  • Ruby Walsh out of Punchestown Festival - Ruby Walsh has lost his race to be fit for the Punchestown Festival next week. Walsh broke his right leg in November but just made it back in time for the Cheltenham Festival last month – only to fracture the same leg in a fall from Al Boum Photo on […]
  • Ireland’s best Hurdlers and Chasers stand their ground for Punchestown Festival - The highest rated National Hunt horses from each division in Ireland all stood their ground at the latest entry stage today for the Punchestown Festival with Identity Thief, Melon, Penhill, Samcro, Douvan and Footpad all on course to line up at Ireland’s premier jumping fixture. Melon, Identity Thief and Penhill […]

International Racing News

  • Wind Chimes to miss the English 1,000 Guineas - Andre Fabre will keep Wind Chimes for the French 1,000 Guineas after her defeat in the Prix la Grotte. Owned by the Coolmore triumvirate of John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, the Mastercraftsman filly won both her starts at two last year. However, she disappointed in fifthlast weekend, although […]
  • New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski buys into Kentucky Derby hope namesake - A deal has been struck for NFL star Rob Gronkowski to acquire a share in his namesake Kentucky Derby contender, trained in Newmarket by Jeremy Noseda, it was reported on Thursday evening. The three-year-old colt Gronkowski, owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, has won his last four starts, all on an all-weather […]
  • Andre Fabre set to send Rabdan to Epsom for Derby Trial - Andre Fabre’s exciting colt Rabdan is set to get a taste of Epsom in the Investec Blue Riband Trial next week. The Al Shaqab Racing-owned colt was added to the Derby field, along with five others, at the second entry stage after winning at Saint-Cloud earlier this month. The son […]

Latest Features

  • New book celebrates 300 years of racing in Worcester - Racing historian Chris Pitt has just finished chronicling the history of Worcester Racecourse for his new book, ‘Pitchcroft: 300 Years of Racing in Worcester’. It tells of the famous – and infamous – horses and riders that have graced Worcester over the course of three centuries. Worcester held Flat racing […]
  • Brendan Powell recalls Rhyme ‘N’ Reason’s Grand National - It is 30 years since Rhyme ‘N’ Reason claimed Grand National glory for Brendan Powell, who remembers it like it was yesterday. A previous winner of the Irish Grand National in 1985, David Elsworth’s charge lined up on Merseyside as a leading contender for the world’s most famous steeplechase having […]

Bloodstock News

  • New look for Goffs London Sale - The 2018 Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO will once again take place on the eve of Royal Ascot, Monday, 18 June 2018. The sale like no other, proffers buyers from around globe the rare and unique opportunity to buy into top quality breeding stock and horses-in-training, many of […]
  • Thatsy shines at the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham April Sale - Thatsy consigned by Donnchadh Doyle’s Monbeg Stables shone at the Tattersalls Ireland April Sale when knocked down for £130,000. The sale concluded with a turnover of £1,265,500, a median of £47,000 and an average of £50,620. Top lot of the day was the only offspring of Martaline in the catalogue. […]

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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