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.
After more than a month of practically unbroken sunshine, Newmarket’s July Course played host to a glorious three days of top class racing in one of the sport’s most convivial settings.
Thursday was Ladies’ Day and delivered a… Read More
Every June, the culmination of four years of meticulous planning and dreams come to fruition for one thoroughbred racehorse, while those of countless others fall by the wayside.
The Epsom Derby is the race to win, coveted and feted around… Read More
The Oaks Stakes preceded the Epsom Derby by one year, being first raced in 1779 and is consequently steeped in history and prestige as the forerunner to numerous “Oaks” races around the world which are exclusively for the… 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
Inaugurated five years after the colts’ Classic the 2,000 Guineas, the 1,000 Guineas takes place over the same Rowley Mile at Newmarket but is exclusive to three year old fillies. Nowadays the race takes place on the Sunday after the… Read More
The 2,000 Guineas Stakes forms the first leg of the English Triple Crown for colts and is the first of the five English Classics to be run each year.
As befits its standing, the Guineas is a Group… Read More
The Betfair Hurdle has long been regarded as one of the biggest, most lucrative handicap hurdle races to win in the British jumps racing calendar.
The Grade 3 National Hunt hurdle race is open to … Read More
In June 2017, Leopardstown Racecourse announced that it would be hosting the jumps equivalent to the Irish Champions Weekend, with the Irish Champion Hurdle and Irish Gold Cup taking place over two stellar afternoons in early February.
The Irish Champion… Read More