Longchamp Tips and Racecourse Guide
Longchamp, sometimes known as ParisLongchamp, is the jewel in the French Racing crown and plays host to Europe’s premier race in October, the €5,000,000 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe over 12 furlongs.
Longchamp represents the best of what French Racing has to offer, providing an outstanding racecourse and a relaxed environment for patrons.
The racing program includes the French Guineas in May, the Prix Ganay, the Grand Prix de Paris, the Prix du Cadran and a magnificent undercard on Prix de l’Arc weekend.
The crowd swells on Arc Sunday and the recently-renovated grandstand holds a capacity of 60,000.
In response to some frustration about being drawn wide, particularly over a mile for the Guineas, France Galop have introduced a cut-away just over two furlongs from home which is used for major fixtures.
Longchamp has a sprint course on the infield which plays host to the best French sprinters in the run up to the Prix de l’Abbaye, as well as some two-year-old races.
A couple catch my eye on the Arc Trials card this afternoon, which I have previewed for Race Sharp here.
My first bet this afternoon is speculative but I have been planning for a while to get Media Stream back onside once he gets a better surface. This son of Frankel was given by Pierre-Charles Boudot in spring as a horse to follow (see here) and has been unlucky to race four times this year on a soft surface – often with the going changing on the day or after decs. It is evident he needs a rattling surface and when he had it in May he made no mistake winning a Classe 1 at Saint-Cloud.
Far more is needed today of course, but in the ‘without the favourite’ market there is an opportunity to wager on him beating a fairly uninspiring group of French-trained colts. Pretty Tiger makes that market, has had a busy season and would prefer soft. Bubble Gift is coming off a break and Baby Rider is highly-rated on the back of beating Smile Makers at Saint-Cloud, who finished unplaced in a provincial listed yesterday afternoon.
Media Stream opened 33-1 in the regular market last night and although that has gone, I’m attracted to quotes of 16-1 and 14-1 in the without the favourite market (I’ve also seen 11-1 which is acceptable). Pilot Guyon is smart around Longchamp and showed on Friday he can be a tactical genius, winning on Situveux. Media Stream is no New Bay, Fabre’s last winner of this, but he could come alive in these conditions.
1.33pm Longchamp – 1pt ‘without the favourite’ Media Stream @ 16-1 (bet365) or 14-1 (William Hill etc.)
My second bet is in the Quinté handicap, which is a good each-way contest for UK bettors who will get four places a quarter and a only a very slim likelihood that there will be a non-runner.
The seven furlong toboggan course is primed for horses drawn low that can hold a position. Stakes-placed Makzeem appeals at 9-1 for the Hiroo Shimizu yard. Shimizu has been a hard trainer to follow this season, which several morning glories like Cloud Man failing to even win a race, but there are signs that it is all finally coming together at this part of the season – the yard has saddled five winners from their last eight starters, including surprise Group race winner Esope.
This half brother to Al Kazeem has been dropped 3lb by the handicapper from his last start and this will be his third start following a break. Drawn in two, I expect him to run into a place at the least this afternoon.
2.15pm Longchamp – 1pt each-way Makzeem @ 9-1 (all firms)
Longchamp Top Trainers (2020)
1. Frederic Rossi 8 wins (32%)
2. Andre Fabre 8 wins (13%)
3. Francis Graffard 7 wins (18%)
4. Fabrice Vermeulen 6 wins (32%)
5. Carlos Laffon-Parias 5 wins (15%)
Longchamp Top Jockeys (2020)
1. Mickael Barzalona 16 wins (20%)
2. Pierre-Charles Boudot 16 wins (16%)
3. Maxime Guyon 15 wins (16%)
4. Christophe Soumillon 13 wins (17%)
5. Christian Demuro 10 wins (11%)
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Latest
With under 10 days to go to the 100th edition of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, we take a look at the likely runners in what is set to be a relatively small field. Edit: Godolphin posted an update this morning to confirm Adayar's participation, so this article has...
There were mixed reactions in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe betting following the Arc Trials card on Sunday 12 September. Adayar, who was not able to run in the Prix Niel, is the new Arc favourite at 7/2 with Betfair Sportsbook, closely followed by Irish Champion...
A couple catch my eye on the Arc Trials card this afternoon, which I have previewed for Race Sharp here. My first bet this afternoon is speculative but I have been planning for a while to get Media Stream back onside once he gets a better surface. This son of...
How to get there
Longchamp is served by metro stations to the north-east and south-east of the racecourse. Above Longchamp, patrons can take the Metro Line 1 to Porte Maillot and then a shuttle on major racedays and Sundays from the bus stop of the 244 bus. Alternatively, they can take the Metro Line 10 to Porte d’Auteuil and the shuttle bus leaves from the top of the station at street level.
The shuttle adds time to the journey but from then it is a non-stop transfer, making the small wait worthwhile.
If you are treating yourself to a trip to Longchamp whilst on holiday or are able to split the fare, a taxi makes sense, even from Central Paris or Gare du Nord.
An Uber costs about €35 from Central Paris to the racecourse and takes half an hour.
Longchamp can be reached via Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports. Orly is much closer and is well worth selecting if you can. From there, it is a 40-minute taxi to the racecourse.
Longchamp Top Races
G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
G1 Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guienas)
G1 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas)
G1 Prix du Cadran
G1 Prix de la Foret
G1 Prix de l’Abbaye
G1 Prix de Royallieu
G1 Prix de l’Opera
G1 Prix Marcel Boussac
G1 Grand Prix de Paris
G1 Prix Jean Luc Lagadere
G1 Prix Royal Oak
G1 Prix Vermeille
G1 Prix d’Ispahan
G1 Prix Ganay
G1 Prix Saint-Alary
Longchamp Tips Archives
Ahead of a sumptuous weekend of racing which promises to throw up plenty of clues for Arc weekend, the Prix d'Aumale this afternoon at Longchamp presents an attractive betting opportunity with the UK books. George Boughey and Karl Burke send fillies who appear to have...
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A high-class card at ParisLongchamp this evening and our bet goes in the Group 2 Prix de Malleret, with Adhafera looking overpriced at double-figure odds this morning. The Jean-Claude Rouget-trained daughter of Sea The Stars won a good-ground maiden in April, but was...
It happened again this week. On Friday after a dodgy canter to post at Lyon-Parilly, I was dead keen to oppose Jerome Reynier's Ursuly, despite her taking a step down in class. The form pick was clearly Valdarann, a recent winner at Bordeaux, so I made him my bet -...
In the opening two furlongs of Longchamp's 1300m sprint course there is a descent of approximately six meters. Whilst barely noticeable on your live stream, positioning is everything and this will almost guarantee a fair amount of scrimmaging at the start of the...
We have one bet on the Longchamp card this evening, which has frustratingly started off with last month's bet Pinwheel making all! Onto the concluding race over 11-furlong at 7.45pm, I expect Innovator to outrun odds of 6/1 in handicap company for trainer Nicolas...
One bet on the card at Longchamp today, with Asterella capable of making her second start of the season a winning one in the 6.5f class 2 (1.33pm). The daughter of Olympic Glory was a runaway winner of a soft-ground maiden over 7f last August, after which she finished...
An exciting afternoon's racing in prospect at Longchamp today and our first bet goes in the mile Listed contest (3.25pm). Magny Cours and British raider Sir Busker head the market and good cases can be made for both, but at a bigger price, National Service holds...
Plenty of relatively unexposed types in the 6.5f maiden for colts and geldings at ParisLongchamp, but given the promise he showed when third on debut at Saint-Cloud, I'm surprised Pinwheel isn't favourite this morning and is worth siding with. The Henri Devin-trained...
A cracking card at ParisLongchamp this afternoon and I am hoping Sheraz can make it third time lucky this season the Group 3 Prix de Barbeville (4.25pm). He progressed really well through last season, winning on three occasions before two seconds in Listed company, on...