Marseille Borely Tips and Racecourse Guide

Marseille Borely has a spectacular location by the sea just outside the centre of Marseille, near the Velodrome football ground. Racing began at Borely in 1860 and the racecourse takes its name from the Chateau under which is was based.

Trotting only came in the 1960s and it hosts the best quality racing in the south. The quality of the program has benefitted from the strength of local Calas trainers, including Jerome Reynier and Frederic Rossi.

The shortest trip is 950m (just under five furlongs) and there can be some fair juvenile contests run at the course. 

The Grand Prix de Marseille is the highlight in November. The quality varies but in the 2013 the race was the swansong for 2012 Prix du Jockey Club winner Saonois, whilst future Group Two winner L’Amour De Ma Vie ran down the field.

Marseille Borely Tips

French Racing Tips – 06/05 Pt 2

One bet on the card at Marseille Borely, Mazal Tov in the 6f handicap (3.52pm).

She finished second in a 7.5f AW claimer on her first start for this yard in March (having raced at 7-7.5f on all outings at two for Charley Rossi), and went one better on her next run over the same 7.5f trip in handicap company.

Up 2kg, I really liked her run at Salon Provence last time, dropped to 5.5f for the first time.  She travelled well, had to wait briefly for a run, and was keeping on well at the line.

She remains unexposed at sprint trips and can return to winning ways today.

3.52pm Marseille Borely – 1pt win Mazal Tov @ 5-1 (various)


The going at Marseille has changed from soft (which was predicted to dry out to good to soft) to heavy!  That’s potentially not ideal for our earlier tip on the card, but it will suit Mad Whip, who I had been keen on backing this morning if conditions were testing enough.

He won well over this course and distance in heavy ground in November, and ran a bit better than the result suggests when eighth here last time on his third start of the year, shaping as though he is running into form.

The softer conditions today are a big plus, the jockey booking is a positive for this yard, and he is overpriced at around 7-1.

4.27pm Marseille – 1.5pt win, 1pt place Mad Whip @ 7-1 (Various, inc Ladbrokes, Coral, Betvictor, 15/2 with WillHill)


I put up Field Of Glory (5.02pm) on debut at Salon Provence last month, but he totally missed the break and was always going to struggle from then on.

However, he showed a good level of ability in finishing fourth and there should be plenty of improvement forthcoming.  He is stepping up from 1m2f to 1m5f, but his dam was a fairly useful dual winner at around this trip (as well as winning several times over shorter) and this one’s brother is a useful stayer for these connections, having landed a 1m7f Quinte at Chantilly on Tuesday.

He is probably priced correctly at around 3-1 this morning, but could well improve sufficiently to win.

Marseille Borely Top Trainers (2020)

1. Frederic Rossi 16 wins (17%)

2. Jerome Reynier 16 wins (16%)

3. Christophe Escuder 13 wins (10%)

4. Fabrice Vermeulen 11 wins (20%)

5. Cedric Rossi 6 wins (11%)

Marseille Borely Top Jockeys (2020)

1. Franck Blondel 14 wins (23%)

2. Ambre Molins 7 wins (21%)

3. Antonio Orani 7 wins (16%)

4. Gregorie Legras 6 wins (18%)

5. Sylvain Ruis 6 wins (10%)

How to get there


Marseille Borely is better served than Marseille Vivaux by public transport and is in a much nicer part of town. The most direct way to the course is to take the 583 bus (pink route) along the coast to Plage Planches à Voile, where you will see the racecourse on the coast.

There is no dedicated metro station but the racecourse is near the Velodrome football stadium. Take the metro to Rond Point du Prado and from there it is a pleasant 30-minute walk through parkland.


It is a 15-minute drive from the Vieux Port to Marseille Borely if there is light traffic.

Marseille Borely Top Races

Listed Prix Delahante

Listed La Coupe de Marseille

Marseille Borely Map

Marseille Borely Tips Archives

French Racing Tips – 29/04

French Racing Tips – 29/04

The Classe 3 contest at Marseille-Borely looks a competitive heat, in fact, not far off being a handicap with most horses racing off 57kg and rated 40.0. Like most conditions races in France, the penalties are based on having won similar races but good performances in...

French Racing Tips – 14 November

French Racing Tips – 14 November

A heavy ground juvenile conditions race where the two market leaders are by Authorized and Rock of Gibraltar may not be everyone's cup of tea/coffee on a Sunday morning, but I think the price disparity between the two is too big in the opener at Marseille-Borely....

French Racing Tips – 25 October

French Racing Tips – 25 October

The two year old claimer at Marseille features several exposed sorts towards the top of the market, but I thought there was promise in the debut effort of La Flaca and hopefully she can improve past her rivals on just her second career start. She started off over 6f...

French Racing Tips – 11 October

French Racing Tips – 11 October

The ground at Marseille Borely has gone very soft this morning and that should suit the chances of Mad Whip, who is bred to excel when the mud is flying. The son of soft ground influence Whipper is a half-brother to a multiple winner on heavy ground and he showed...

French Racing Tips

French Racing Tips

A dual winner over the winter, Craps is a warm order on his return after 10 weeks off, but Shut The Box has race fitness on his side and looks a value alternative to the favourite. A ready winner on his second start at Vichy last term, he finished third at Listed...

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