Le Lion d’Angers Tips and Racecourse Guide
Le Lion d’Angers racecourse is a popular flat and jumps course located in the heart of Western France. Unlike other provincial racecourses, Le Lion d’Angers can lay claim to some incredible heritage.
Firstly, since 2005 Le Lion d’Angers has hosted the longest steeple-chase in the world, the Prix Anjou Loire Challenge, currently sponsored by media agency France Sire. Outside of the Cheltenham Festival, the Anjou Loire is the most prestigious cross country race in Europe and plays out in front of 10,000 spectators. In total, the field must negotiate an incredible 50 obstacles and stay 7.3 kilometers.
Chriseti and Amazing Comedy go down in history as dual winners of the race, whilst Ireland plundered it in 2010 when Another Jewel won for Cork trainer Denis Murphy and jockey John Cullen.
Further back, the star mare Urban Sea won at Le Lion d’Angers in 1993 before winning the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe a few months later. She is remembered with a Listed contest named after her.
Le Lion d’Angers Tips
My best bet of the day comes in the provinces at Le Lion d’Angers, but I have four more selections for the feature card at ParisLongchamp which can be read here.
3.07pm PRIX DE LA FOIRE D’EXPOSITION D’ANGERS
Sasakia went into plenty of notebooks when romping home in a conditions race at Machecoul last month. Godolphin’s Dubawi half-sister to Thunder Snow scored by four and a half lengths – in behind were Wheelie, who scored with ease at Lyon La Soie this month (and has a family littered with black type) and Theoreme, who scored 10 days later and is a 10-1 shot for the Quinté at Longchamp this afternoon.
The reason we are able to bet her today at odds-against is that Sasakia was beaten on her next start at Angouleme, a right-handed track with a huge hill. Her trainer has said to ignore that effort and returning today to a left-handed track, she will take all the beating.
She only has to concede 1kg to her chief threat, Tim Donworth’s maiden filly Cominole.
According to France Galop, six of Sasakia’s seven recorded siblings have black type and given the style of her conditions race win last month, she could be heading the same way in time. I would have her at odds-on today and I’m having a lumpy wager.
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Le Lion d’Angers Top Trainers (2020)
1. Henri-Alex Pantall 6 wins (30%)
2. Edouard Lyon 2 wins (100%)
3. Raphael Marcel 2 wins (50%)
4. Jean-Claude Rouget 2 wins (33%)
5. Alain Couetil 2 wins (22%)
1. Gabriel Leenders 5 wins (26%)
2. David Cottin 3 wins (43%)
3. Francois Nicolle 3 wins (28%)
4. Arnaud Chaille-Chaille 2 wins (33%)
5. William Menuet 2 wins (22%)
Le Lion d’Angers Top Jockeys (2020)
1. Christopher Grosbois 4 wins (17%)
2. Laura Poggionovo 3 wins (50%)
3. Jerome Claudic 3 wins (38%)
4. Mathieu Androuin 3 wins (19%)
5. Julien Guillochon 3 wins (14%)
1. Clement Lefebvre 5 wins (26%)
2. Lucas Zuliani 4 wins (80%)
3. James Reveley 2 wins (67%)
4. Angelo Zuliani 2 wins (50%)
5. Thomas Coutant 2 wins (50%)
How to get there
Angers St Laud is a 30 minute taxi from Le Lion D’Angers. Angers St Laud can be reached by TGV in 90 minutes from Paris Montparnasse.
Shuttle buses run during the World Eventing Championships in October, but not for regular race meetings.
For those brave enough, bus Line 1 leaves Angers in the direction of Chateaubriant and there is a stop at Le Lion d’Angers, named Champ de Foire.
Le Lion d’Angers Top Races
Listed Prix Anjou Loire-Challenge
Listed Prix Haras du Lion – Prix Urban Sea
Grand Prix du Lion d’Angers
Le Lion d’Angers Map
Le Lion d’Angers Tips Archives
Our first bet on the morning card at Le Lion D'Angers runs in the 1m2f maiden (11.00am), with Saint Geran a value alternative to warm favourite Hypotenus. The son of The Grey Gatsby has looked a work in progress in two starts to date, finishing in midfield on debut at...
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Fearless King won the German 2000 Guineas when last seen and though he reappears from over a year on the sidelines, his class could well see him through today's test at Le Lion d'Angers (11.15am). Trainer Sarah Steinberg has a fine record in France this year (7-21)...
Siyazann gives weight away all round in the 1m4f contest at Le Lion D'Angers today (5.45pm), but he looks in a different class to today's rivals and the Alain de Royer Dupre-trained son of Golden Horn rates a confident selection. A winner over 1m2f at ParisLongchamp...
In the 12.23pm handicap at Le Lion d'Angers I fancy Welcome Moon to run a big race on seasonal debut for Freddy Head. The four-year-old ran away with a Clairefontaine handicap at the backend of last year off a mark of 29. 2020 will go down as a year to forget for Head...
Two bets in France today, starting with one at a big price in the claimer at Saint-Cloud (1.20pm). Yann Barberot has made a sluggish start to the season, but his horses have been running well for the past couple of weeks (12-23 in the frame), scoring a notable success...
One bet on the card at Lion D'Angers today, where I like the look of Hello Royal in the 1m2f maiden (12.05pm). The Eoghan O'Neill-trained three year old finished sixth on debut at Chantilly in February, but he showed plenty of speed to get to the front early,...
Angers holds its second National Hunt meeting of 2021 and the opening AQPS bumper (9.50am) looks a belter. 2019 AQPS Gr.3 winner Giga Star makes her eagerly-awaited comeback from just over a year on the sidelines, but we'll take her on today with Huflower, who looks...