Lyon Parilly Tips and Racecourse Guide
Lyon Parilly plays host to both flat and jumps racing through the season in the suburbs of France’s gastronomic capital.
Not too dissimilar to either Saint-Cloud for flat racing or Auteuil for jumps, Lyon Parilly’s races tend to be very fair and take place on a wonderful racing surface.
Lyon Parilly races in two parts – March to June and then September to December.
The grandstand was renovated in 2014 and the restaurant has 150 covers. The ‘buvette’ (burger van) next to the parade ring is also atmospheric and provides a fantastic vantage point for a few hours.
In recent years the flat stars to have graduated from Lyon Parilly include:
- In Swoop – broke his maiden on his 3yo debut and went on to place 2nd in the 2020 Prix de l’Arc
- Erupt – won his first two races at Parilly before landing the Group One Grand Prix de Paris and then finishing fifth in the 2015 Prix de l’Arc
- Different League – won on her juvenile debut and then won the 2017 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot
Over jumps, two recent graduates from the Lyon Parilly flat stand out over those to have jumped around Lyon:
- Lac Fontana – winner of the 2014 County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival
- French Aseel – scored by 22 lengths on jumps debut and sold onto Willie Mullins
Lyon Parilly Tips
Plenty of good action in Europe today but away from Newbury there are two flat races at Lyon-Parilly that should prove to be informative.
Trainer of the moment Christopher Head won a brace of maidens yesterday and is fancied to bag the Listed Prix Bedel in style at 4.17pm. Sabio Cen was considered a Prix du Jockey Club hope last spring but was kept off the track for most of the year. Despite a Group One reverse on his last start, connections retain faith in Sabio Cen as he is still viewed as a long term prospect for the Prix de l’Arc. He should have far too much in hand of Fenelon.
4.17pm Lyon-Parilly – 2pt win Sabio Cen @ 3-1 (generally available)
The Coupe des 3 ans is a nice springboard for late-maturing middle distance horses. Francis Graffard won this with Erupt in 2015, before going on to bag the Group One Grand Prix de Paris two months later. Graffard’s Gallerist has looked impressive on his last two starts but this represents his toughest test yet.
Jerome Reynier’s Amelielympique has 1lb in hand on weight adjusted ratings and she is worth siding with in this. Reported in season last time when stepped up to Group company in Paris, Reynier had been targeting her at Marseille Borely next month but the fact she is supplemented here is a vote of confidence. A shorter journey from her Calas base to Lyon will also help her put her best foot forward.
5.27pm Lyon-Parilly – 1pt win Amelielympique @ 5/2 (generally available)
Lyon Parilly Top Trainers (2020)
1. Jean-Pierre Gauvin 14 wins (19%)
2. Fabrice Chappet 6 wins (29%)
3. Christophe Escuder 6 wins (13%)
4. Carlos and Yann Lerner 4 wins (27%)
5. Philippe Decouz 4 wins (14%)
1. Emanuel Clayeux 10 wins (20%)
2. Francois Nicolle 5 wins (33%)
3. Gabriel Leenders 3 wins (19%)
4. Mathieu Pitart 3 wins (11%)
5. Joel Boisnard 2 wins (67%)
Lyon Parilly Top Jockeys (2020)
1. Pierre-Charles Boudot 12 wins (40%)
2. Marie Velon 8 wins (16%)
3. Franck Blondel 6 wins (10%)
4. Mickael Barzalona 5 wins (20%)
5. Maxime Guyon 5 wins (13%)
1. Matthieu Chailloleau 8 wins (31%)
2. Benjamin Gelhay 4 wins (19%)
3. Angelo Zuliani 3 wins (60%)
4. Clement Lefebvre 3 wins (30%)
5. Michel-Ange Mermel 2 wins (11%)
How to get there
Lyon Parilly is very easy to get to on Lyon’s efficient public transport and costs just €1.90 each way. From Place Bellecour in the centre, take the green metro line D east to Grange Blanche and change onto the purple tram line T2 in the direction of St Priest.
Lyon Parilly has its own tram stop called Parilly-Université.
Lyon Parilly Top Races
Listed Prix Bedel
Listed Grand Prix de Lyon
Listed Critérium de Lyon
Listed Prix du Grand Camp
Grand Cross de Lyon – Prix André Baboin
Listed Grand Steeple-Chase de Lyon – Prix Claude Gindre
Grande Course de Haies de Lyon
Course de Haies d’Automne
Course de Haies des 3 ans – Prix Jean Boulard
Prix Vetagro-Sup – Campus Vétérinaire de Lyon (cross country)
Lyon Parilly Map
Lyon Parilly Tips Archives
Aquila Volante sets a good standard in the opening race at Lyon-Parilly today but is priced accordingly at 5/6. He is vulnerable to another improver and doesn’t have the simplest of tasks given he is drawn in 10. This race involves a long sweeping left-handed...
Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Lyon-Parilly throughout the year. Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips. A winner on very soft ground at Saint-Cloud back in April, Doctor Ari ran a nice comeback race...
Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Lyon-Parilly throughout the year. Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips. Bay d'Argent heads the market for the 11.35am juvenile maiden at Lyon-Parilly today and looks...
Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Lyon-Parilly throughout the year. Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips. The mile claimer at Lyon looks a tight contest on the figures, but I think the chances of...
Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Lyon-Parilly throughout the year. Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips. Christophe Ferland took the 2019 Criterium de Lyon with Chares and Angelaba can give him...
Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Lyon-Parilly throughout the year. Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips. Free Bird has had two starts back from a break and finds himself on a career-low mark in the...
Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Lyon-Parilly throughout the year. Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips. Race Five at Lyon-Parilly is a 10 furlong contest for three-year-olds that haven’t won a Class...
I’m hoping Eddy Hardouin will be amongst the winners at Lyon Parilly this afternoon, as I’m backing two of his mounts, starting with Street Rebel in the 6.5f handicap for three year olds (3.10pm). Trained by Hardouin’s partner Carina Fey, Street Rebel was green and...
In the opener at Lyon Parilly (11.05am), Greatel looks tough to oppose and deserves to be odds-on. It might not have been a great claimer in which she finished second at Compiegne last time, but she certainly improved for the step up in trip, staying on well to finish...
Chichimadame looks a possible improver in the 2yo maiden at Lyon Parilly (12.55pm). She was a staying-on fifth on her sole start to date, in a 5f claimer at Fontainebleau. Far from knocked about that day, she showed plenty of promise and was claimed for a hefty...