In this section course-specialist.co.uk takes a look at the overall history of the big races that have shaped the pattern system for Ireland and the UK and have defined horse racing’s champions. From the Cheltenham Festival to the Grand National, Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot, York’s Ebor meeting, Newbury’s Winter Festival and Kempton’s King George VI Chase, course-specialist.co.uk gives you insight into the famous winners that have made these races so prestigious.
Royal Ascot’s most prestigious sprint became the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2012 in recognition of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to throne in 1952. It was elevated to Group One status to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002… Read More
There are plenty of races at the Royal meeting which leave connoisseurs waxing lyrical over the quality of competition. Certainly down the years the Coronation Stakes has fallen nicely into that category.
The Coronation Stakes is a … Read More
For many racing people Royal Ascot is all about the Thursday, traditionally “Ladies’ Day” and the day when the week’s showpiece race takes place: the Gold Cup.
The Gold Cup is of course a Group 1 … Read More
The Prince of Wales’s Stakes is another race to have undergone plenty of changes in recent years and has evolved to become the centrepiece of the Wednesday of Royal Ascot.
The race takes place over a mile and a quarter… Read More
As the crowds gather for the opening day of Royal Ascot, one sometimes wonders how much the audience appreciates the quality of equine flesh on show.
The Tuesday of the Royal Meeting lays strong claim to be one of the… Read More
Like many of the races at Royal Ascot, the Queen Anne Stakes has been through a number of changes down the years.
Today the race commemorates Queen Anne, the founder of Ascot Racecourse, having been run as the Trial Stakes… Read More
Bad weather played a crucial role in the origins of the King’s Stand Stakes. In 1860 heavy rain made it impossible for the two mile Royal Stand Plate to take place so the race was renamed the Queen’s Stand Plate… Read More
Named after a former parish located to the north of Newbury, the Al Shaqab-sponsored Lockinge Stakes was established in 1958 over the straight mile at Newbury Racecourse.
The first running was won by a three-year-old, Pall Mall, owned by Her… Read More