Dax Tips and Racecourse Guide
Dax is a thermal spa town in the Landes region of the South West of France. First populated by the Romans, Dax has a rich history and also experienced three centuries of English rule.
Racing began at Dax in 1835 but moved to its current site in 1860, purchased for 10,000 gold francs. There were a couple of meetings each year and the highlight was the Grand Prix de la Ville de Dax, a race still run today that carries €32,000 in prizemoney.
Dax made a name for itself on the national racing scene in the 20th century as local trainer Olivier Tirlot became champion trainer between 1930 and 1932.
The racecourse took more fixtures in 1985 when nearby Biarritz stopped racing.
The leading horse trained at Dax racecourse was Ernak, winner of the French Derby in 1891.
Today Dax is a popular summer racecourse with a typically provincial fee. It’s not uncommon to come across a few smart maidens either. Entrance is free and a racecard costs just €1.
The 7f class 4 (11.15am) features a few to consider, but I like the chances of Light Up My Dream.
Simone Brogi won a handicap with him off 32.5 at Toulouse in November and though the form figures since don’t make for inspiring reading, the 5.5f at Salon Provence on his second start back from a break was too short and he was never in with any sort of chance in a higher grade here last time, when dropped in last from his wide draw. That run saw his mark drop sufficiently to scrape into this.
He has a better draw today, the return here is a positive (he won over this CD last July off 30 for his previous yard), he has ground conditions to suit and should get a good lead into the race from Karibbean Dream.
Brogi’s form can be patchy, but he has had four winners and two seconds from his last nine runners and it’s clear from the past few weeks that his team are in excellent nick. After three starts back from a break and down in grade, the selection should be spot on now and is fancied to go close.
11.15am Dax- 1pt win, 0,5pt place Light Up My Dream @ 11/2 (most firms, 6-1 in places)
Dax Top Trainers (2021)
1. Jc.Rouget 6 wins (50%)
2. Philippe Sogorb 6 wins (19%)
3. Miguel Alonso Roldan 5 wins (22%)
4. Cesar Alonso Pena 4 wins (57%)
5. Christelle Courtade 4 wins (25%)
Dax Top Jockeys (2021)
1. Alejandro Gutierrez Val 10 wins (38%)
2. Alexandre Gavilan 6 wins (16%)
3. Hugo Mouesan 5 wins (36%)
5. Anthony Crastus 4 wins (20%)
5. Adeline Merou 4 wins (13%)
How to get there
The TGV takes just over one hour to reach Dax from Bordeaux in the direction of Hendaye/Spain.
Take Line 2 to St-Paul-Les-Dax-Hippodrome.
The drive from Bordeaux is 1hr 45 mins or if you are on the coast, it’s a 50 minute drive from Biarritz.
Dax Top Races
Grand Prix de la Ville de Dax
Criterium de l’Atlantique
Grand Course de Haies de Dax
Dax Tips Archives
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