Auteuil Tips and Racecourse Guide
The expansive Auteuil racecourse located at the Porte d’Auteuil is the closest racecourse to the city centre and has been attracting large crowds since it opened in 1873.
The temple of French jumps racing plays host to all French Grade One jumps races and provides the springboard to many future great steeplechasers and hurdlers, including the likes of Kauto Star and Big Buck’s.
The chase course presents a thorough test of jumping, including a huge water jump in front of the grandstand and a large ‘rail ditch and fence’ on the far side, taken on the second circuit of the French equivalent of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris.
The season is split into two parts at Auteuil. The first part is in the spring and climaxes with the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris in late May. Then racing resumes in the autumn, with the Grand Prix d’Automne and Prix La Haye Jousselin taking place over the same weekend, now called the 48 hours of jumps racing.
It looks a pretty open renewal of the Prix Sagan at Auteuil (1.33pm), the market headed by yesterday’s Arqana Grand Steeple sale-topper Just A Princess.
However, at a bigger price I like the chances of Just A Star (sold €170,000 yesterday), who was upsides her stablemate when that one fell at the last here in the Prix Wild Monarch at the end of April.
She travelled and jumped well, sat behind the front trio in a race in which the main pack struggled to make up any ground. She closed very nicely on the home bend and though she was no match for the eventual winner, she kept on very well to the line.
Out of a Listed winner here, she is a full sister to the very smart Iamastar and the granddam was a high-class performer around here, so there is plenty on the page. I really liked her attitude last time and she is capable of building on that debut run and going close today.
1.33pm Auteuil – 1pt win Just A Star @ 13/2 (most firms)
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Auteuil Top Trainers (2020)
1. Francois Nicolle 49 wins (20%)
2. David Cottin 17 wins (20%)
3. Arnaud Chaille-Chaille 17 wins (17%)
4. Gabriel Leenders 16 wins (19%)
5. Guillaume Macaire 13 wins (11%)
Auteuil Top Jockeys (2020)
1. James Reveley 12 wins (16%)
2. Kevin Nabet 11 wins (27%)
3. Bertrand Lestrade 8 wins (19%)
4. Nathalie Dessouter 6 wins (19%)
5. Felix de Giles 6 wins (15%)
How to get there
Auteuil is the best-served racecourse in Paris by public transit. Patrons can take the Metro Line 10 to Porte d’Auteuil and from there you cross the road towards the racecourse and then cross the racecourse underground via the public subway.
An Uber costs about €25 from Central Paris to the racecourse and takes half an hour.
Auteuil can be reached via Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports. Orly is much closer and is well worth selecting if you can. From there, it is a 40-minute taxi to the racecourse.
Auteuil Top Races
G1 Grand Steeple de Paris
G1 Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil
G1 Prix Ferdinand Dufaure
G1 Grand Prix d’Automne
G1 Prix Cambacérès
G1 Prix Maurice Gillois
G1 Grand Steeple-Chase des 4 ans
G1 Prix La Haye Jousselin
G2 Prix Murat
G2 Prix Jean Stern
G2 Prix Amadou
G2 Prix des Drags
G3 Prix du President de la Republique
Auteuil Tips Archives
We’re taking a chance on fitness/wellbeing, but the 25-1 on offer about Ho La La Forez at Auteuil (6.02pm) is way too big and well worth chancing. He has only run four times to date, and on second start last year was challenging for second behind Graded performer Yes...
An eight-race card at Auteuil and our bet goes in the third (4.41pm), with Saint Turgeon an interesting contender on his return to the course. He was a really classy four year old, finishing third in the autumn Grade 1 here in November 2020, and won twice over fences...
15 races at Auteuil today, with racing getting underway at 11.15am and running through to 7.35pm! Three Listed contests for juveniles get proceedings started and we have a bet in the second race (11.49am), with Carlton Du Berlais a shade of value at 10-1. With Les...
The 2m2f conditions hurdle at Auteuil (4.00pm) looks fairly competitive, but I think there is plenty of improvement to come from Saint Maxime and he is worth supporting at double-figure odds. The Francois Nicolle representative was fifth on debut at Compiegne, when...
The opening handicap hurdle at Auteuil is far from the strongest of contests for the grade, and it offers a good opportunity for Dinozaure to return to winning ways. He ran away with the second division of a Quinte here in September and ran very creditably when fourth...
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Connections of Celestin Mercury have done well to end up with a mark of 55 over hurdles and the five year old can go one better than on his handicap debut and score at Auteuil this afternoon. Fourth and third here last backend, he improved with racing in Cagnes, where...
Theleme and Hermes Baie unsurprisingly head the betting for this afternoon's feature at Auteuil, the Grade Three Prix Juigné, a traditional return to action for prospective French Champion Hurdlers. In the absence of L'Autonomie, this looks a shootout between the two...
He might not have run over fences since a fifth in Graded company at Compiegne in November 2020, but Polirico has been better than ever over hurdles since then and returns to the larger obstacles with a very big chance. He beat the top-class Goliath Du Berlais as a...