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
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 level at Deauville in August, form that would give him a huge chance here, before finding Group 3 company too tough on his next outing.
He is entitled to come on for his reappearance run at Lyon in this grade (fifth behind smart stablemate Calgary) and the fact he was given a Grand Prix de Paris entry in mid-February suggests connections feel he has the potential to be a bit better than this level, even if that lofty entry looks a step too far.
In a race lacking in strength in depth, he looks the likeliest challenger to the favourite.
11.20am Marseille Borely – 1pt each-way Shut The Box @ 11/2 (all firms)
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