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.

Deauville Tips

French Racing Tips – 07/04

An eight-race card at Deauville today that features the Group 3 Classic Trials, the Prix Djebel and the Prix Impudence – worth a check of today’s Francis Graffard stable tour for his opinions on Malavath!

We’ll head to the fillies’ maiden for our first bet on the card, where I’m taking a chance on Hush Angels on her reappearance.  She ran an eye-catching race on debut at ParisLongchamp last year, finishing a close-up fifth in what is traditionally a really strong maiden, won by Saturday’s Group 3 Prix Penelope winner Agave.  The runner-up won a Listed on her next outing and the fourth has been Listed-placed since.

Hush Angels had to wait for her run that day, but her final furlong was the fastest of any in the field, so it’s fair to say this sister to the Canadian Grade 1 2yo winner Capla Temptress (later fourth in the 2018 Poule D’Essai Des Pouliches) has her share of ability.

Her next run, when fourth at Chantilly, wasn’t quite at the same level, but she was given a very different ride that day and the form is still fair.  It’s interesting that the tongue-tie goes on today, which suggests all may not have been quite right on that second start.

The beautifully-bred Galla is an unknown quantity on debut, but I’m not convinced this is the strongest contest based on those with previous form, so hopefully Hush Angels can run a big race on her reappearance.

3.10pm Deauville – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Hush Angels @ 17/2 (various)

 

The third division of the 1900m handicap (4.20pm, takes place before the second division which concludes the card) looks open enough, but I think Equilot is overpriced at 14-1.

He nearly shed his maiden tag here in November, beaten a short-head by one that followed up in a handicap off 32 next time.  He again when close when second over this CD in February off this mark, the form of which has been franked by those in behind.

You can forget his run at Chantilly last time, when he had no run in the straight, and he remains on what is a very winnable mark.

Markus Nigge had a really slow start to the year, but his team are clearly turning a corner, with a winner and two seconds from his last four runners.  With the return to this course an obvious plus, the 14-1 on offer is worth taking.

4.20pm Deauville – 1pt each-way Equilot @ 14-1 4 places (5 places with Skybet)

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

Train

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.

Fly

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.

Ferry

Brittany Ferries has crossings from Portsmouth to Le Havre in under six hours. From Le Havre, it is a 50 minute drive.

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 Map

Deauville Tips Archives

French Racing Tips 05/03

French Racing Tips 05/03

The top two in the market in the class 3 over 1m1.5f (6.30pm) have both got recent form in the book, but I think there is improvement to come from Sagano this year and hopefully he can make a winning reappearance. He won well in handicap company over this trip on turf...

French Racing Tips – 04/03

French Racing Tips – 04/03

The fillies' maiden at Deauville doesn't look the strongest of races on paper and at the prices, I'm taking a chance on Goodness on her seasonal reappearance. She looked a work in progress in three starts last term, racing too freely on her first two outings, but ran...

French Racing Tips – 07/01

French Racing Tips – 07/01

Baileys Blues hasn't had the best of luck with the draw on his previous two All-Weather outings in France, but the front runner has fared well in that department in today's Quinte and should run a big race. A dual winner over 6f  on very soft ground, the latest of...

French Racing Tips – 27 December Pt 2

French Racing Tips – 27 December Pt 2

There are a few with chances in the Prix Helen Street this afternoon, not least the 45.0-rated Joli Coup, who has been tried in higher company than this but is only put in as the third choice of the Paris Turf. The excellently-named Wootton Diva heads the betting for...

French Racing Tips – 27 December

French Racing Tips – 27 December

Entaumry was a big improver for Edouard Monfort this year, making her second start for the yard a winning one at Cagnes back in February and adding two further successes on turf in the summer. She ran a nice race on her return from a four-month absence over this...

French Racing Tips – 17 December Pt 2

French Racing Tips – 17 December Pt 2

Coachello is the star turn under the lights this evening at Deauville and is expected by many to strip fitter for his return to action last month, priced at 10/11f. With 4kg in hand of the next best rated, Entei, you can see why the trainers in opposition have all...

French Racing Tips – 16 December

French Racing Tips – 16 December

The Listed Prix Arcangues is the standout contest on what is otherwise a weak card at Deauville today, but I'll try my luck in one of the divisions of the 6.5f handicaps, with Zeyzoun looking a bit overpriced to make his second start for Adrien Fouassier a winning...

French Racing Tips – 12 December Pt 2

French Racing Tips – 12 December Pt 2

Two winners from our two bets at Pau this morning, and we have one at Deauville this afternoon, with Gregarina a really interesting newcomer in the mile maiden (3.42pm). A 16-runner newcomers' contest is not one for maximum stakes (!), but her dam won on her sole...

French Racing Tips – 01 December

French Racing Tips – 01 December

A nine-race card at Deauville this afternoon and we head to the 7.5f class 3 for our bet on the card, with Assier an interesting contender at a fair price this morning. He started out really well for this yard (previously with Andre Fabre and Simone Brogi) late last...

French Racing Tips – 30 November

French Racing Tips – 30 November

The 1m1.5f fillies' maiden at Deauville (1.25pm) has a couple of interesting fillies for next year, none more so than Delida, who shaped nicely on debut at Clairefontaine. She was the only newcomer in the field that day, but showed both ability and a good attitude in...

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