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.

Auteuil Tips

French Racing Tips – 17 September

The Prix Royal Junior has changed from a conditions race to a handicap this year and though favourite Golden Son looks tough to beat, at the prices it is worth chancing Primco on his return to hurdling.

He was claimed for €30K after winning on very soft ground at Compiegne in April (Brainstorm back in third, went on to win in claiming company next time and re-opposes today).  He made his debut for David Cottin at Clairefontaine in early July in what was a really competitive conditions contest and finished last of the five, but there was a lot of promise to be gleaned from his subsequent third over fences at the same course last time.  Kevin Nabet was looking down as if something was amiss on the home turn and he looked more likely to be pulled up than place, but when asked for an effort he sprinted from the last to the line, claiming third close home.

He never really looked at ease that day and though he hasn’t run at Auteuil before, it should suit him ideally – both half-brothers were black-type performers here as well.  He is proven on very soft ground and does still look a work in progress, and one open to improvement on just his third run for this yard.  Interestingly, his dam won a Listed contest here, with Cottin on board, eight years ago tomorrow!

12.45pm Auteuil – 1pt win Primco @ 9-1 (Paddy Power, Betfair, 17/2 elsewhere)


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

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Auteuil Tips Archives

French Racing Tips – 01 September

French Racing Tips – 01 September

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French Racing Tips

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French Racing Tips

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French Racing Tips

French Racing Tips

The Grande Course de Haies de Printemps is always a hugely-competitive handicap, and this year looks no exception.  However, I think Je Deviens Moi has a bit left in the locker and is a bet to give Francois Nicolle his third win in the race in the past four years,...

French Racing Tips

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Today’s French Racing Tips – 28/03/2021 – Auteuil

Today’s French Racing Tips – 28/03/2021 – Auteuil

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