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.
Desert Orchid won a memorable Victor Chandler 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… Read More
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… Read More
Undoubtedly the King George VI Chase, run at Kempton Park on Boxing Day, has become the Crown Jewel in British Steeplechasing’s first half of the season.
That underlines how misjudged the Jockey Club’s announcement that it wanted to sell… Read More
In recent decades horse racing at Christmas has become ever more popular, with Leopardstown among the major festivals to develop.
The big race of the four day bonanza is the Grade 1 Leopardstown Christmas Chase, contested over three miles… Read More
2017 sees the first renewal of the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, after Hennessy ended 60 years of sponsorship of what was known as the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup.
The history of the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury, perfectly illustrated how… Read More
The Group 1 Racing Post Trophy is the final Group 1 contest of the year in British racing.
Contested at Doncaster, the race used to be contested around the left-handed bends, but in recent years has been run on the… Read More
Now recognised as the race that most likely defines the champion two year old colt of Britain and Ireland each season, the Dewhurst Stakes is a race that also plays a significant role in establishing likely contenders for the following… Read More
There are championship races and there are championship races. Some are manufactured and establish significance on account of monetary value; but others are steeped in history and prestige.
The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp falls into the… Read More