Chantilly Tips and Racecourse Guide
Chantilly Racecourse is located just outside of Paris and is home to France’s two middle-distance classics, the Prix du Jockey Club and the Prix de Diane. The racecourse sits in the grounds of the magnificent Chateau de Chantilly and regularly features high-class racing, helped by its proximity to the Chantilly training centre.
Chantilly plays home to races over a variety of distances from sprints to staying contests. Inside the turf course there is an excellent polytrack circuit, which is mainly used in the winter, including for Dubai World Cup Trials in March.
The 15-runner nursery at Chantilly (2.53pm) is competitive enough, but at a big price I am taking a chance on Arabian Music, who should be well-suited by conditions on her handicap debut.
Pia and Joakim Brandt’s filly showed up well enough in a strong sprint maiden on debut (when in the care of Frederic Rossi), before showing lots of speed on her second start at Compiegne over 7f, on both occasions under Maxime Guyon. Upped to a mile last time, she was too keen through the race, but still ran respectably.
The return of Guyon for this handicap debut is a plus, as is the drop back in trip to 6.5f, but perhaps the most interesting move is the switch to the All-Weather for this daughter of US dirt sire Maclean’s Music and that could well bring about further improvement.
Brandt was very positive about Arabian Music’s prospects shortly after the filly was switched to her yard earlier in the summer, even suggesting she could gain black-type by the end of the year. Though those early hopes have dimmed somewhat, she does look to go handicapping off a fair mark of 34 and is worth chancing, as this trip on the AW could well be exactly what she needs.
2.53pm Chantilly – 0.5pt win Arabian Music @ 16-1 (all firms)
Chantilly Top Trainers (2020)
1. Andre Fabre 29 wins (29%)
2. Francis Graffard 11 wins (25%)
3. Fabrice Chappet 10 wins (11%)
4. Jean-Claude Rouget 9 wins (20%)
5. Pia & Joakim Brandt 9 wins (11%)
Chantilly Top Jockeys (2020)
1. Pierre-Charles Boudot 34 wins (29%)
2. Maxime Guyon 16 wins (16%)
3. Theo Bachelot 12 wins (10%)
4. Stephane Pasquier 12 wins (11%)
5. Eddy Hardouin 12 wins (11%)
How to get there
The TER train from Paris Gare du Nord costs €8 per leg and is the most popular way to get to Chantilly Racecourse. Direct trains leave every 30 minutes at peak times and the journey takes just 24 minutes to Chantilly Gouvieux station. From there, it is an easy 15-minute walk to reach the racecourse main entry.
The Gare du Nord departure point makes it very simple to reach Chantilly directly from the UK, via the Eurostar. Consider leaving your bag at the left luggage facility, located below the Gare du Nord concourse.
An Uber costs about €70 from Central Paris to Chantilly Racecourse and takes one hour.
Chantilly is near Charles de Gaulle Airport. An Uber will cost €40 and takes 30 minutes.
Chantilly Top Races
G1 Prix du Jockey Club
G1 Prix de Diane
G2 Grand Prix de Chantilly
G2 Prix de Sandringham
G2 Prix du Royaumont
G2 Prix du Gros Chene
G2 Prix Robert Papin
Chantilly Tips Archives
Though he faces soft ground for the first time today, Serpent's Tooth looks to have a class edge on his rivals at Chantilly (2.15pm) and Pascal Bary's son of Sea The Stars should be very tough to beat. His third in a class 2 last time has been very well advertised...
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One bet at Chantilly today, with Cazalla making plenty of appeal on handicap debut. The daughter of Archipenko has had three runs in maidens, finishing in midfield on both outings last year over a mile, before a staying-on third upped to today's trip of 1m4f at...
The Listed Prix de Suresnes at Chantilly features an unbeaten dual winner for Jean-Claude Rouget, as well as a trio that are dropping back in grade from the Classic trials, with Gargarin's Moon the pick of those, having had a troubled run in the Prix La Force. He was...
A couple of interesting middle-distance maidens on the Chantilly card today and I'm backing Alter Adler in the colts and geldings' contest (2.20pm). By the late Adlerflug, who was a big loss to the European stallion ranks earlier this month, he ran a race full of...
One bet on the Compiegne card today, in the fillies' juvenile claiming hurdle (11.20am). David Windrif may not quite be operating at the level he was a few years ago, but he has always done well with his juvenile hurdlers and La Cuenta looks overpriced in what looks a...
Two bets on the card at Chantilly today, starting with Nao Da Mais in the third race (1.50pm). The next bet will be posted before 8.45am. Quite simply, this horse is way too big in the market. He opened up at 9-1 last night, which has now gone, but there is still...
1.20pm Chantilly An exciting card at Chantilly today, featuring the return of Magny Cours (you can read more about him in our Godolphin France Stable Tour) and a couple of interesting newcomers' contests as well. However, our first bet goes in a competitive 6.5f...
It's not often I put up one at short odds, but the mile maiden at Chantilly is a low-grade affair for the track and Juliusjuliusson looks an absolute standout and value at odds-against. The son of War Front can be considered very unlucky to still be a maiden. At two,...