Deauville Tips and Racecourse Guide
Deauville is perhaps France’s most exclusive racecourse and offers a wonderful collection of top-class races during in August carnival. The seaside resort is popular with Parisians and has hosted racing since 1864, originally in order to compete with Dieppe and offer a complementary gambling outlet to the casino.
Deauville has racing over various distances and also benefits from a polytrack ring to host racing through the winter months. In 2021 it was confirmed that the course would be upgraded further with floodlights, in the hope of boosting average attendances in the off-season and maximising betting turnover on its races.
There are not many places in the world you can lie on the beach, eat wonderful seafood and watch a Group One in the space of a couple of hours but if you dream it, Deauville has it.
The Arqana Sales are recommended to visit for free theatre, particularly at the yearling sales. Deauville’s best races are the Group One Prix Morny for juveniles and the Group One Prix Jacques Le Marois for milers.
The most popular nightspots are the Brok Cafe for legendary mojitos and Le Drakkar for fine dining.
Happy Christmas to all readers, old and new! Here’s hoping that this next tip can fare better than my last, Tag, who halved in price and got no run!
Back to Deauville this afternoon and luck in running shouldn’t be as critical in the 9-runner Prix Vodkato at 5.15pm UK time.
Portalis is a worthy favourite, having recently won the ‘same’ event over C&D a matter of days ago. The flashy grey gelding is suited by these conditions, rated 35.0, the top of the ratings band, loves polytrack and represents the red-hot Jean-Pierre Gauvin yard.
At 6/5 he is well-found in the market and given the high profile nature of the gamble on him last time, he might struggle to back up that performance with a 2kg penalty today.
Bumble Bee and Handhy re-oppose today and both hold good e/w chances. I’m drawn to the former, who finished slightly quicker than Handhy according to the sectional times, is rated 3lb superior, is drawn better (2 vs 9) and benefits from a jockey upgrade with Alexis Pouchin taking over.
Moreover, Bumble Bee has a bit more back class, having won a Parisian maiden and been considered a black type prospect at the time by her jockey. She wasn’t disgraced when tried in a Group Three race last summer and although she’s regressed on paper since, she’s improving with each run for new trainer Flavie Bresson (a pattern followed by recent handicap winner Winterland).
5.15pm Deauville 1pt each-way Bumble Bee @ 6-1 (generally available, or 13/2 with bet365)
Deauville Top Trainers (2020)
1. Andre Fabre 23 wins (19%)
2. Stephane Wattel 15 wins (15%)
3. Stephane Cerulis 15 wins (12%)
4. Jean-Claude Rouget 9 wins (20%)
5. Andrea Marcailis 13 wins (13%)
Deauville Top Jockeys (2020)
1. Pierre-Charles Boudot 41 wins (20%)
2. Maxime Guyon 36 wins (16%)
3. Mickael Barzalona 34 wins (16%)
4. Cristian Demuro 30 wins (16%)
5. Christophe Soumillon 24 wins (20%)
How to get there
The TER train from Paris St Lazare costs €34 to get to Trouville-Deauville station in 2 hours and 15 minutes. Unfortunately the train is not a high-speed TGV but then it means the tickets are cheaper and you still avoid the mad August traffic if able to leave the car behind. Once in Deauville, everything is a short walk and there are plenty of taxis.
There are flights to Deauville St. Gatien, but these tend to be very seasonal and now the route is a big Covid-19 casualty. Direct flights have run from London City and Bournemouth airports in recent years.
Brittany Ferries has crossings from Portsmouth to Le Havre in under six hours. From Le Havre, it is a 50 minute drive.
One of the easiest ways to get to Deauville as a group is by car. Take the Channel Tunnel to Calais and then hug the coastal motorway. The drive from Calais to Deauville is three hours and there is rarely traffic.
Deauville Top Races
G1 Prix Jacques Le Marois
G1 Prix Jean Romanet
G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest
G1 Prix Morny
G1 Prix Rothschild
G1 Prix Jean Prat
G2 Grand Prix de Deauville
G2 Prix Guillaume d’Ornano
G2 Prix Kergorlay
G2 Prix de Pomone
G3 Prix de Cabourg
G3 Prix du Calvados
G3 Prix Gontaut-Biron
G3 Prix de Lieurey
G3 Prix de Meautry
G3 Prix Minerve
G3 Prix de la Nonette
G3 Prix de Psyché
G3 Prix Quincey
G3 Prix des Réservoirs
Deauville Tips Archives
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