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.
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Backing a once-raced three year old that pulled up on debut feels a little risky, but that is more than factored into the price for Lord Dino, who is worth supporting on his return to action today.
He was sent off favourite for the prestigious Prix Wild Monarch at Auteuil in April, and though that might not prove to be the strongest of renewals (though there are a couple to watch out for from the race), it was still considerably deeper than this. David Cottin provided the runner-up, but Lord Dino just looked in need of the experience, tending to jump a little big and not having anything left to offer from the home turn.
Still, it is very early days and this brother to dual Listed-placed hurdler Epic Tale is from an exceptional National Hunt family. Purchased for €80,000 as a two year old, he must have been showing plenty to justify going to Auteuil first time, especially given how strong he was in the market.
Cottin has had a disappointing year by his standards, but a treble at Compiegne on Friday could signal a return to form for the yard.
12.25pm Clairefontaine – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Lord Dino @ 9-1 (all firms)
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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
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...
Today’s best bets for Clairefontaine can be seen below. Race Sharp offers free racing tips for all meetings at Clairefontaine throughout the season. 4.10pm Clairefontaine Star colt Fenelon is reported to be back in better form by his trainer Nicolas Clement in...
The Deauville headlines from yesterday were understandably around the dominance of both the British and Irish raiders, but the Group One card also provided trainer Andre Fabre with a treble, as well as a fantastic return to action for his smart filly Mqse de Sévigné...
Today’s best bets for Clairefontaine can be seen below. Race Sharp offers free racing tips for all meetings at Clairefontaine throughout the season. The 2.50pm is a typically trappy Listed event over 12 furlongs and features the potential future Group...
Three last time out winners head the betting for the opening race at Clairefontaine this afternoon. Guesswork is involved (when is it not?!) but of the three, Ponty looks worth an investment at 6-1. Romain Le Dren Doleuze's son of Kendargent gets on well with Theo...