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.
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The opener at Chantilly this afternoon looks a useful fillies’ maiden for black type prospects. Favourite Ashiya represents the Delzangles yard and finished behind three fillies on debut in the coveted Prix des Marettes who all won their next starts.
She holds an entry in the Prix des Reservoirs next month and shouldn’t take long to open her account, but at the prices I prefer second choice Carvana.
Carvana ran with promise on debut at Longchamp and although the winner was beaten on her next start, I still think she is closely matched with Ashiya on form and therefore I love that Leo Roussel gets the leg up for Carlos Laffon-Parias for the first time on Carvana today and is able to claim 5lbs. Roussel has won a couple of maidens this month and is one of very few capable apprentice riders out there now that Hugo Lebouc and Simon Planque have both recently lost their claims.
12.08pm Chantilly – 1pt win Carvana @ 11/4 (generally available or 3-1 with William Hill)
Andre Fabre is firing with his two-year olds and has saddled 11 individual winners already this term. By contract, Francis-Henri Graffard, who trains Race Three favourite Huggy Wuggy, has been far quieter.
Huggy Wuggy is a half-brother to Saturne, who opened her account at the first time of asking for Graffard over this C&D almost exactly a year ago. His family is prolific but he behaved poorly earlier this month when he was set to make his debut against more experienced rivals and was scratched at the start.
It wouldn’t come as a huge surprise if he won, but preference is for Fabre’s Portimao, a son of No Nay Never who is a half-brother to Listed winner Paris Peacock and three other stakes horses. He must look the part as his dam went back to No Nay Never both last year (the yearling sells next month) and this year. He looks the pick on pedigrees here for this six furlong test.
1.25pm Chantilly – 1pt win Portimao @ 5-1 (generally available or 11/2 with William Hill)
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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
Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Chantilly throughout the year. Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips. Shirin raced just 11 days ago at this track when the well-bred daughter of War Front was used as...
Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Chantilly throughout the year. Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips. No black type racing at Chantilly today but Race Four is the first of a couple of two-year-old...
Jean-Claude Rouget won the Group 3 Prix Chloe in 2016 with War Flag and he bids for a repeat success today with another daughter of War Front in Sippinsoda. A winner of her first two starts on the All-Weather last backend, she was upped in trip to score on her turf...
Francis Graffard looks to have found an ideal opportunity for Ebaiyra and she can get off the mark for the year at Chantilly this afternoon (2.33pm). Twice placed at the top level last term (runner-up in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and third in the Hong Kong Vase on...
Bohemian’s Rhapsody was a little unlucky when fifth in a Quinte handicap at Angers in late May and he can return to winning ways at Chantilly today. He has been largely kept to softer ground in his career to date, as when scoring at Cagnes and Angers last term. ...
Cortessa loves this All-Weather track at Chantilly and she looks a good bet to gain a third career success today. The lightly-raced five year old shed her maiden tag over a mile here in January 2021 and finished runner-up over CD on her next outing the following...
There's a great card for Prix de Diane day and I'd definitely recommend a visit to any readers who haven't been to France's premier race day. My first bet comes in the Prix du Bois, a six-furlong dash for juveniles where it should pay to be drawn low. Favourite New...
The Prix du Gros-Chene has been won by a local sprinter for the past five years, but there have been six British-trained winners since 2004 and hopefully White Lavender can add another success for the raiders. She was really progressive in the first half of last...
Plenty to get stuck into at Chantilly this afternoon, where I fancy that the best bet on the card is in the Group Two Grand Prix de Chantilly. The race features my antepost Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe bet, Fenelon, who was entitled to be a little rusty at Lyon-Parilly...
The two year old contest at Chantilly is headed by the Florian Guyader-trained Newkidontheblock, but I’m not convinced by the strength of his form and instead am siding with Alvina. She was behind today’s second favourite Super Star when fifth here on debut, and has...