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.
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A 1m2f Listed contest is the feature on today’s early card at Marseille Borely and Maximus looks a shade overpriced this morning.
An impressive winner on his second and final start at two, he reappeared with a runaway success at Toulouse in March on heavy ground, after which his trainer nominated the Group 3 Prix Noailles at Longchamp the following month. The neck second there to Junko there (last seen just getting touched off in the Prix Dollar) is as good as any of the form on offer here and his trainer had Classic aspirations for him prior to Maximus sustaining an injury in the Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud.
It was great to see him back at Toulouse last month, winning in style and beating a couple of useful yardsticks on his first start since the spring, and he was value for more than the already comfortable winning margin. He has the potential to improve past today’s favourite Epic Poet (who is giving him 2kg here) and looks capable of taking high rank amongst the older horses in France next year. Hopefully he can gain a first black-type success today.
12.35pm Marseille Borely – 2pts win, 1pt place Maximus @ 4-1 (all firms)
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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.
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