Clairefontaine Tips and Racecourse Guide

Clairefontaine Racecourse is known as Deauville’s second racecourse and is famed for being relaxed and family-friendly. It is probably the only racecourse in France where a bouncy castle can be seen on the replays!

The right-handed racecourse hosts flat, jumps and trotting racing – though there are just three trotting meetings each season on the turf.

The flat racing benefits from its proximity to the main Deauville meeting in August, meaning that the maiden races are often well above standard. For example, Andre Fabre sent out Godolphin’s Pink Rose for a maiden win here at the end of July 2014, before she ended up racing against Found and Ervedya that autumn in the Prix Marcel Boussac.

The Defi du Galop series has a nine-furlong race for older horses at Clairefontaine. In 2014, Freddy Head’s grey gelding Solow ran out an impressive three-length winner to start a phenomenal 10-race unbeaten series.

The Listed Grand Prix de Clairefontaine is confined to three-year-olds and attracts middle distance and staying types. It has featured Cirrus Des Aigles, Seismos and Brundtland previously.

Clairefontaine Tips

French Racing Tips – 22 October

Heavy ground at Clairefontaine today and while that’s an unknown for my selection in the 1m1f class 3 contest (2.32pm), I think there is enough value in the price this morning.

It looks a really weak race and though Besiberri‘s form in her two runs in France isn’t anything to write home about, she came from a long way back on the first occasion at Vichy, and was then beaten in a bunch finish for third over this course and distance in August, running on well in the closing stages, a repeat of which would give her solid claims in this.

While I’m no expert on Slovakian form, Václav Luka clearly feels she is capable enough, given the way she has been campaigned there  (she has run in the Slovakian 2000 Guineas, in which she was second, and the Czech Derby this year), and her latest fourth in the Westminster Oaks at Bratislava looked a very creditable effort.  She raced widest of all that day, but kept on really well in the straight, once again displaying a good attitude.

She has nothing to find on official ratings here and the fact her yard is in such good form is a big plus – 4 of their last 10 runners in France have won, including two at Deauville earlier this week.

2.32pm Clairefontaine – 1pt win Besiberri @ 8-1 (some 17/2 also available)


Clairefontaine Top Trainers (2020)


1. Jean-Claude Rouget 7 wins

2. Andre Fabre 6 wins (18%)

3. Francis-Henri Graffard 5 wins (19%)

4. Yann Barberot 4 wins (12%)

5. Fabrice Chappet 4 wins (40%)



1. Francois Nicolle 16 wins (29%)

2. Guillaume Macaire 9 wins (23%)

3. Yannick Fouin 7 wins (16%)

4. David Cottin 6 wins (35%)

5. Mickael Seror 3 wins (9%)

Clairefontaine Top Jockeys (2020)


1. Pierre-Charles Boudot 14 wins (17%)

2. Theo Bachelot 10 wins (12%)

3. Mickael Barzalona 9 wins (12%)

4. Christophe Soumillon 8 wins (15%)

5. Christian Demuro 8 wins (15%)



1. Angelo Zuliani 10 wins (45%)

2. James Reveley 6 wins (23%)

3. Tanguy Andrieux 5 wins (42%)

4. Theo Chevillard 4 wins (33%)

5. Baptiste Le Clerc 4 wins (31%)

How to get there


The train from Paris St Lazare takes you as far as Trouville-Deauville. From there it is a pleasant 30-minute walk or a cheap taxi.


There is free parking 200m from the racecourse or you can pay €3 to be right by the gates on raceday.

Clairefontaine Top Races


Listed Prix Ranville (Handicap)

Listed Grand Course de Haies de Clairefontaine

Listed Grand Steeple-Chase Ville de Deauville


Listed Prix du Pays d’Auge

Listed Prix Luthe Enchantee

Listed Grand Prix de Clairefontaine

Clairefontaine Map

Clairefontaine Tips Archives

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French Racing Tips – 18 October Pt 2

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