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.
One bet on the card at Clairefontaine today (1.50pm).
James’s Passion is the right favourite here, but there is little strength in depth, despite the numbers, and Bojack Horseman is the play against the favourite.
He showed nothing in a couple of runs on the flat at two for his previous trainer, but has joined a shrewd outfit for his hurdling career and despite going off a big price on his debut for Etienne d’Andigne at Saint-Malo last time, there was stable confidence behind him and he was still travelling well in front when running off the home bend and unseating his jockey, his stablemate going on to win.
The booking of Bertrand Lestrade suggests connections are expecting a big run today, as he has a strong record for the yard, and the 20-1 on offer is worth taking.
1.50pm Clairefontaine – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Bojack Horseman @ 20-1 (most firms)
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 Tips Archives
I'll make this brief, as I have to head out of the office! Ruudje looks completely the wrong price at Clairefontaine this afternoon (5.21pm). He has his ground, is thrown in off his mark, represents a yard in flying form and goes very well here. He ran a good...
Eight runners in the 4yo claiming chase at Clairefontaine (2.25pm) and seven of them faced off at Dieppe last time, with Le Gene Bleu coming out on top. He is favourite to do so again, but I prefer Joli Look and he looks a good bet at 13/2. He bolted up in...
Some interesting staying prospects in the 1m4f maiden at Clairefontaine this afternoon (2.25pm), but there’s only one I want to back at the prices and that’s Wida. Philippe Decouz has made no secret of the regard in which he holds this son of Zarak and the...
Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Clairefontaine throughout the year. Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips. Backing a once-raced three year old that pulled up on debut feels a little risky, but that is...
Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Clairefontaine throughout the year. Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips. A trappy card at Clairefontaine today is not made any easier by a track that's now in really...
Purple Rain pulled his chance away on handicap debut last time, but he was sent off a warm favourite that day and is worth chancing again at considerably bigger odds. It hasn’t been plain sailing since his debut second (albeit at a distance!) behind subsequent...
14 runners head to post for the Clairefontaine feature, a €95,000 Listed handicap chase at 5.00pm on what is expected to be relatively fast ground for the discipline. Dominique Bressou's Raffles Classic is a full brother to Group One placed Raffles Sun and...
Delighted that both selections went in at Clairefontaine yesterday. Hopefully the track can be lucky for us again today, although the fare is very mediocre for a Saturday. The 2.50pm is the highlight and features a few 40+ horses and recent winners. Golden Call...
Race Four is a claimer at Clairefontaine where I genuinely think only three of the six runners can possibly win. Tirso de Molina had a good chance at Dax last time and drops from a €14,000 tag to €11,000 today. He is one of the three possible winners but would...
Fou Du Bresil is not the force of old, but he drops into claiming company for the first time today and Yannick Fouin’s representative won’t get many better chances than today’s contest at Clairefontaine (2.33pm). The first and second in the market (Best Bowl...