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.
The 1m4f claimer at Compiegne (1.25pm) features three last-time-out winners and one of those, Sandstorm, looks overpriced to gain a second success of the season at this level.
He had run well on his reappearance at Munich in June (a distant third, but the front two are both progressive) and just looked to find things happening too quickly for him over 1m1f on his French debut at Dieppe the following month.
Upped in trip to 1m3f last time at Moulins and dropped into claiming company, he made most of the running and won with a fair bit in hand in the first-time blinkers. That form might not be worth much, but connections defended at €4.5K above the tag and that’s a strong suggestion they feel there is more to come – trainer Sarah Steinberg is 11-31 in France this year and her record in claimers in 2021 reads 11211, so her horses are clearly well-placed.
The softer ground should be less of an issue for this son of Pastorius than a couple of the form rivals in the race, including favourite Speedful, who was a moderate two year old for Ralph Beckett and whose sire Charm Spirit’s progeny tend to prefer a sound surface.
1.25pm Compiegne – 2pts win Sandstorm @ 7-1 (various)
Compiegne Top Trainers (2020)
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%)
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)
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%)
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 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.
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
Listed Prix Pelleas
Listed Grand Prix de Compiegne
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 Tips Archives
Alastor looks to have strong claims of following up his maiden win last time out with success in the Listed at Compiegne today (1.25pm). He had finished third in the Derby Italiano on his previous start and looks a colt with a big future. RECOMMENDED BET: Alastor (9/2...
A couple of competitive maidens on the card and there should be plenty of winners to come from the colts & geldings contest (3.07pm). Kertez is likely to be a warm order for Andre Fabre, having run very well on his reappearance at Chantilly in May behind...
An outsider to note in the second at Compiegne today (1.42pm) is Key To Bobby. The three year old filly gets weight off the majority of her rivals here and showed an aptitude for soft ground when fifth in a decent maiden at the course last time, drawing clear of the...
An interesting Listed contest at Compiegne this afternoon (4.00pm) and with the ground in his favour and coming off the back of a career-best effort, I think Only The Brave is overpriced to give Henk Grewe another winner in France. The son of Iffraaj won twice in...
One trainer enjoying a superb time of it is the Chantilly maestro Alain de Royer-Dupre. In recent years he has really struggled since the retirement of top stayer Vazirabad, with only a handful of black type performing fillies and mares to keep him ticking over, but...
Jean-Marie Béguigné had a quiet 2020, winning just seven races, but given the right ammo he is more than capable. Béguigné had to wait until last September to saddle just his second flat winner of 2020, First Sight, who lowered the colours of Godolphin's Telemaque....
One bet on the card at Compiegne this evening, with Queen Doctor capable of shedding her maiden tag in the fillies' juvenile claiming hurdle (4.54pm). Joel Boisnard's daughter of Doctor Dino went off quick enough at Auteuil last time, but she kept on well enough to...
One bet on the card at Compiegne, where Peace Messenger is a potential improver in the mile maiden (3.10pm). He was a shade keen on debut at Saint-Cloud late last month, racing without cover, but made a big move two furlongs out and hit the front before tiring. His...
One bet on the Compiegne card today, in the fillies' juvenile claiming hurdle (11.20am). David Windrif may not quite be operating at the level he was a few years ago, but he has always done well with his juvenile hurdlers and La Cuenta looks overpriced in what looks a...
A big field for the 1m1f claimer at Compiegne, but not that many that can be seriously fancied and at the prices, I like the chances of Phuket Paradise. Trained by the excellent Henk Grewe, he won two valuable sales races in Germany last summer, beating some useful...