Cagnes sur Mer Tips and Racecourse Guide
Cagnes sur Mer on the French Riviera hosts distinct meetings for flat, jumps and trotting.
December and January plays host to the jumping, which tends to be of a modest quality and complements the action at Pau in the South West. The jumps then gives way to the flat, which builds in quality until it culminates with a series of Listed races at the end of February.
The fair weather and consistent polytrack surface means the course can withstand so much racing, whilst the Parisian tracks are closed.
Cagnes has a habit of throwing up quality three-year-olds, many of whom will make their racecourse debuts here on the coast. Jean-Claude Rouget in particular has taken the wraps off Raabihah (5th in 2020 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe) and Light Stars (subsequent Listed winner) in recent years.
Cagnes sur Mer is most famous for having been the track where 2012 Prix du Jockey Club winner Saonois jumped up the ranks, winning the 10-furlong Listed Prix Policeman.
Many horses are stabled at the course for the duration of the meeting, which means it can even attract British raiders. In 2020, Collide won the Listed Grand Prix du Departement 06 for Newmarket trainer Hugo Palmer under jockey Jason Watson.
Cagnes sur Mer Tips
One bet on the card at Cagnes this afternoon, with a confident selection in the 1m2.5f maiden (1.25pm).
Jean-Claude Rouget has been on blistering form here in recent weeks and has his representative Grand Balcon is favourite on the back of a promising debut behind stablemate Tyrolo (a winner again since) here last month.
However, I’m not convinced he has the scope to improve as much as Kingdom, who has looked a work in progress in four starts to date and is ready to strike. He was too keen on his reappearance over 1m2f here on the AW in January, but still finished off his race nicely behind smart prospect Muntjac, who lost little in defeat in a class 1 next time.
Switched to turf, he was anchored in rear here last time, made up his ground widest of all on the long turn for home, and finished off really well to claim second (in front of another of today’s rivals, Ilonas Dinosaur). The winner has franked the form with a nice second in class 2 company since.
His dam took six starts to get off the mark for this yard, but went on to win three on the bounce and added a Listed success in Germany at four. The Prix du Jockey Club entry suggests Pantall holds him in high regard (his only other entry in the race is the unbeaten Anthorus) and hopefully he can prove too good for today’s rivals.
1.25pm Cagnes – 2pts win Kingdom @ 7/4 (Paddy Power, Betfair, Bet365, 13/8 elsewhere)
Cagnes sur Mer Top Trainers (2020)
1. Jean-Claude Rouget 14 wins (32%)
2. Fabrice Vermuelen 10 wins (14%)
3. Christophe Escuder 10 wins (9%)
4. Frederic Rossi 8 wins (10%)
5. Didier & Pauline Prod’homme 7 wins (16%)
1. Yannick Fouin 12 wins (12%)
2. Francois Cottin 11 wins (12%)
3.Pierre Fertillet 7 wins (9%)
4. Patrice Lenogue 5 wins (11%)
5. Gabriel Leenders 4 wins (13%)
Cagnes sur Mer Top Jockeys (2020)
1. Cristian Demuro 16 wins (18%)
2. Maxime Guyon 14 wins (15%)
3. Christophe Soumillon 13 wins (20%)
4. Anthony Crastus 10 wins (11%)
5. Pierre-Charles Boudot 7 wins (16%)
1. Dylan Ubeda 9 wins (21%)
2. Jeremy Da Silva 6 wins (21%)
3. Florian Girard 4 wins (21%)
4. Christopher Couillaud 4 wins (17%)
5. Thomas Stromboni 3 wins (16%)
How to get there
Cagnes-sur-Mer station is a 15-minute train journey from Nice Ville on the local TER service. The racecourse is then 15 minutes on foot.
The drive from Nice to Cagnes sur Mer racecourse takes 25 minutes and Uber is available.
The cycle ride takes 40 minutes from Nice along the sea front.
Cagnes sur Mer Top Races
Listed Prix de la Riviera
Listed Prix Saonois
Listed Grand Prix du Departement 06
G3 Grand Prix de la Ville de Nice
Cagnes sur Mer Map
Cagnes sur Mer Tips Archives
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