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
An interesting early card at Le Lion d’Angers this morning and there are a couple at prices worth backing, starting with Hun Ange Vint in the claiming hurdle (11.00am).
Erwan Grall’s representative won on this sort of ground in a minor conditions hurdle in June, the form of which would be more than good enough to win this, and he ran really well when fourth in a much stronger race than this at Vichy at the beginning of August.
He wasn’t at that level back on the flat last time, but he looks suited by better ground and conditions today should play to his strengths. He drops into claiming company for the first time today and the conditional jockey has ridden a couple of winners for the yard in this grade in 2021 from limited opportunities.
11.00am Le Lion d’Angers – 1pt win Hun Ange Vint @ 8-1 (all firms)
The 2m2.5f handicap hurdle (11.30am) looks a weak contest and at the prices, it is well worth supporting Gilou Cat on his debut for Adrien Fouassier.
He signed off on a quiet note for the small yard of Fabien Dehez and has only been with his new yard for the past three weeks, but his form over fences earlier this summer would give him a huge chance here (he finished second in a competitive level-weights chase around Compiegne in June) and his close sixth in a €70K Auteuil handicap hurdle last November off 13lbs higher shows how dangerously well-handicapped he has become.
He may well come on for this first run for his shrewd new connections, but the booking of Charly Prichard is a notable one. 32-105 this year (which is an astonishing strike-rate, for all that she has been riding for the Lageneste/Macaire team), Gilou Cat is her only ride of the day and for a yard for whom she has been successful on all three rides this year.
11.30am Le Lion d’Angers – 1pt win Gilou Cat @ 12-1 (all firms)
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
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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...
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