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 Prix Gacko is the opening contest for three year olds at Compiegne (3.45pm) and the Francois Nicolle-trained Captain Du Berlais is taken to get off the mark at the second time of asking.
He ran well on debut at La Teste just over a month ago. The winner is entered in Graded company at Auteuil this week and the second ran really well there on Saturday, so I think the form will work out fine.
He was kept in the Prix de Pouilly at Auteuil until the final declaration stage, a race Nicolle won with our Race Sharp selection Eden Bleu, and it’s interesting he turns up here, as the yard has run some decent ones in this in recent seasons. They’ve won the last two renewals, with subsequent Grade 2 performer Iniesta Du Gouet (2021) and with the one-two in 2020, subsequent Graded winners Magneto and Le Listrac.
Out of a half-sister to the classy pair Caid Du Berlais and Clovis Du Berlais, this son of Kapgarde should be able to take a good step forward on his debut effort (as many of the Nicolle string have done this spring) and the 6-1 looks a shade too big.
3.45pm Compiegne – 1pt win Captain Du Berlais @11/2 (all firms, 6-1 with William Hill)
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
A really progressive performer last year, Mysterious Land is one to keep onside this term and I like his chances at Compiegne today. A Quinte winner over this trip at Deauville in August, he was far from disgraced when sixth in Listed company on his final start of...
Centenario makes his turf debut today, but I think he is likely to improve for the switch and he makes plenty of appeal in the 7f maiden at Compiegne. He was an eye-catcher on his handicap debut over 6.5f at Chantilly in February, when not getting a clear run in the...
A decent card at Compiegne today and I'm backing Haresca Du Tabert in the 5yo chase (11.50am). She was quietly progressive last year, culminating in an easy win at Angers in December in very soft ground (which she gets today). She could only finish second to Hunter on...
Competitive racing on what is only an average card in terms of quality at Compiegne today, and we head to the 3yo claimer (1.25pm) for our bet. Few of these come into the race with much in the way of worthwhile recent form, so at the prices it's worth chancing 16-1...
Our bet at Compiegne today is in the concluding handicap hurdle (2.52pm), with Konig Gold a really interesting outsider on his first start in over a year. The six year old has only made it to the track five times, winning on his debut just over two years ago, beating...
If there is one Cross Country horse that can match the exploits of Easysland, it could be Prengarde, who is 4-4 over the Cross Country course at Compiegne and won the prep race for the Grand Cross de Compiegne last month in impressive fashion. Priced as the 6/5...
Though the top two in the market both hold strong claims in the four year old fillies' hurdle at Compiegne (1.07pm), I think Bougie Has could have a good deal of improvement to come this season and is a shade of value. She looked all at sea on the sharp track/fast...
Kasman is not the force of old, having once taken part in the Grand Prix de Paris and sold for €77,000 at the Arqana sale in 2019. Nevertheless, he is up to winning small races for his current connections and is weighted to win today off a claiming tag of €8,000. He...
The early prices on offer have gone, but I still think there is a bit of value in Saint Anjou, who has lots in his favour in the opening Quinte handicap hurdle at Compiegne today (12.50pm). The Laurent Viel-trained nine year old was better than ever during a busy...
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