Compiegne Tips and Racecourse Guide

Compiegne racecourse north of Paris is one of several courses to host flat, jumps and trotting racing, though it is more focused on thoroughbred racing.

The flat course is a left-handed 2,200 metre ring and there are separate courses for both steeplechasing and hurdles. In recent years, Compiegne has been thrust into the limelight as it has picked up fixtures under both codes following the regrettable closures of Maisons-Laffitte and Enghien.

On the flat, the Prix Pelleas at the end of July is probably the most likely race of Compiegne’s calendar to throw up a future star. The 10 furlong race for the classic generation was won by Wally in 2020, who went on to win the Group Three Prix Edmond Blanc in 2021.

2010 Prince of Wales’ Stakes winner Byword won the Prix Pelleas on his second career start for Andre Fabre, with wonder horse Cirrus Des Aigles back in third.

Compiegne Tips

Compiegne Horse Racing Tips Today – 07/10

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Andre Fabre’s juveniles have invariably improved for the run this term and Book Of Life looks a fair bet to become the next second-time-out winner from the yard at Compiegne today (12.40pm).

 

The son of Dark Angel finished a promising third on debut at Saint-Cloud a month ago.  Draw wide, Barzalona was unable to get cover and he had the widest trip of the whole field.  Book Of Life kept on really well in the home straight and was close at the line.

 

That wasn’t a vintage newcomers’ contest, but it was a good introduction and, given the record of Fabre’s juveniles this term, it’s highly likely there is more to come.

 

That’s supported by his pedigree; both male siblings to run gained black type, while the dam was a Listed winner at around this trip on very soft ground at Fontainebleau.

 

Gypsy Thief drops back a furlong after pushing Book Of Life’s stablemate (and Race Sharp selection) Make Me King close at Saint-Cloud, and that one’s subsequent second in the infamous Group 3 at Saint-Cloud last week suggests he is rightly favourite.  However, Book Of Life has plenty of scope to progress and the 11/4 feels a shade too big.

 

12.40pm Compiegne – 1pt win Book Of Life win @ 11/4 (all firms)

 

 

Stephane Wattel introduced a really smart-looking filly at Saint-Cloud yesterday in Autumn Twilight and I’m hoping he can enjoy further success with Kadifa today (1.15pm).

 

She ran in the same maiden as our first selection Book Of Life on debut; the sixth finished runner-up in a class 2 next time, the fifth was just touched off in a maiden and the fourth won his maiden, so it looked a fair effort, particularly as the penny only looked to be dropping late on.

 

The daughter of Siyouni is out of a Listed-placed sprinter in the UK, herself a half-sister to 2017 Cheveley Park fifth Darkanna and smart Irish sprinter Logo Hunter.  The granddam was another useful juvenile, finishing third in a soft-ground renewal of the Group 2 Cherry Hinton, so it’s a pedigree packed with good fillies.

 

This might not be the best of maidens and with that debut experience likely to hold her in good stead, she is well worth supporting.

 

 

1.15pm Compiegne – 2pts win, 1pt place Kadifa @ 4-1 (all firms)

 

The fillies’ Listed at Compiegne this afternoon (4.10pm) has an open look to it but while a case can be made for plenty of them, at the prices I think Mythicara looks a nice each-way bet.

 

She has had a fairly long season, winning at Cologne on her third start before finishing fourth in the German 1000 Guineas, in which she had a really poor trip having been drawn wide.  She was very unlucky not to reach the frame that day, staying on really well from last in the straight, and she had another poor draw/wide trip when ninth in the German Oaks on her first attempt beyond a mile.

 

Her latest fourth in Listed company at Longchamp, when a head behind the re-opposing Ondulee, is a better indication of her ability, but I’m confident there is more to come at this trip, particularly now switching to softer ground.

 

Incidentally, Zelzal is a young sire doing particularly well with fillies, which make up his top five-rated runners from his first two crops.  Connections will doubtless be keen to get some black type with this one as well, given she is a fourth foal half-sister to multiple soft-ground Group winner Mythico and dual Listed-placed filly Mythica.

 

 

4.10pm Compiegne – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Mythicara @ 20-1 (Fitzdares, Skybet, William Hill, 22-1 Bet365, 18-1 elsewhere)

 

 

Elsewhere on the card, Hiroo Shimizu’s My Lyka is a really interesting contender in the 1m4f maiden. He has only been seen once, when leading into the final furlong in a red-hot Longchamp maiden.  Beaten only by Epic Poet and L’Astronome that day, he held every entry going this year, including the Arc.  The price has gone on him, but he’s an interesting one to watch on reappearance as he could be a good bit better than these.

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Compiegne Top Trainers (2020)

Flat

1. Andre Fabre 7 wins (16%)

2. Alain De Royer-Dupre 6 wins (28%)

3. Andrea Marcailis 6 wins (23%)

4. Jean-Claude Rouget 5 wins (71%)

5. Mikel Delzangles 4 wins (36%)

 

 

Jumps

1. Francois Nicolle 34 wins (22%)

2. David Cottin 12 wins (20%)

3. Guillaume Macaire 10 wins (16%)

4. Marcel Rolland 5 wins (16%)

5. Yannick Fouin 5 wins (8%)

Compiegne Top Jockeys (2020)

Flat 

1. Pierre-Charles Boudot 17 wins (33%)

2. Cristian Demuro 11 wins (21%)

3. Theo Bachelot 8 wins (13%)

4. Christophe Soumillon 6 wins (18%)

5. Stephane Pasquier 6 wins (16%)

 

 

Jumps

1. Angelo Zuliani 13 wins (33%)

2. Kevin Nabet 11 wins (28%)

3. Bertrand Lestrade 6 wins (26%)

4. Charly Pritchard 6 wins (26%)

5. Johnny Charron 5 wins (35%)

How to get there

Train

Train speeds vary to Compiegne but the fastest direct services take just 39 minutes from Gare du Nord and a ticket will cost just three euros each way.

Drive

If you are lucky enough to have a runner or an interest and are coming from the UK, the drive south from Calais to Compiegne is two and a half hours on the motorway.

Compiegne Top Races

Flat

Listed Prix Pelleas

Listed Grand Prix de Compiegne

Jumps

G2 Grand Steeple-Chase de Compiegne

G3 Prix Leopold D’Orsetti

G3 Prix Journaliste

G3 Prix Hopper

G3 Prix Romati

G3 Prix La Gascogne

Listed Grand Cross de Compiegne

Compiegne Map

Compiegne Tips Archives

Compiegne Horse Racing Tips Today – 27/09

Compiegne Horse Racing Tips Today – 27/09

Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Compiegne throughout the year.  Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips.    Duo D’Enfer won a handicap hurdle over CD on his return from 18 months off back in April and...

Compiegne Horse Racing Tips Today – 14/09

Compiegne Horse Racing Tips Today – 14/09

Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Compiegne throughout the year.  Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips.    The going at Compiegne this afternoon could get very testing as storms are forecast to hit the...

Compiegne Horse Racing Tips Today – 09/09

Compiegne Horse Racing Tips Today – 09/09

Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Compiegne throughout the year.  Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips.    Jerome Delaunay has his team in good nick and Normande looks primed to run a big race in the...

Compiegne Horse Racing Tips Today – 31/08

Compiegne Horse Racing Tips Today – 31/08

Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Compiegne throughout the year.  Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips.    You have to forgive a modest run at Vichy last time, but otherwise Omanense holds strong...

Compiegne Horse Racing Tips Today – 26/07

Compiegne Horse Racing Tips Today – 26/07

Today’s best bets for Compiegne can be seen below.  Race Sharp offers free racing tips for all meetings at Compiegne throughout the season. 1.58pm Compiegne - Trimlight @ 9-1 (all firms) Not at his best on his past couple of starts, but Trimlight won in handicap...

Compiegne Horse Racing Tips Today – 11/07

Compiegne Horse Racing Tips Today – 11/07

Gaucher lost little in defeat at Saint-Cloud last month and can regain the winning thread in class 2 company at Compiegne this afternoon (1.40pm). The son of Frankel found only a Fabre representative (entered in a Listed later this week) too good last time, having had...

French Racing Tips – 25/06 Pt 2

French Racing Tips – 25/06 Pt 2

Plenty of rain forecast at Compiegne today which I think could have a big impact on their Defi Du Galop feature race at 3.20pm. The Grand Prix de Compiegne is one of a series of middle distance Listed contests for older horses who are trapped between handicaps and...

French Racing Tips – 14/06

French Racing Tips – 14/06

Bettors can be forgiven for concentrating more on Royal Ascot today than a moderate card at Compiegne, though in Race Three I am keen to oppose Francis Graffard's 4-race maiden Caraghann at a short price and have landed on a selection. Connections have played around...

French Racing Tips – 10/06

French Racing Tips – 10/06

Three bets at Compiegne today, starting with T’Bolt in the 1m2f claimer (12.40pm). He didn’t run great when tipped in this column in April, which is an inauspicious start, but had previously run a very nice race to finish fourth over 1m4f here in March in a better...

French Racing Tips – 27/05

French Racing Tips – 27/05

An interesting card at Compiegne today and we head to the 1m1f maiden (3.00pm) for our first bet, with Azureus worth backing to get off the mark at the second time of asking. The Freddy Head-trained son of Invincible Spirit debuted in the Prix Juigne at Longchamp in...

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