Marseille Vivaux Tips and Racecourse Guide
Marseille Vivaux, more formally known as Marseille Pont De Vivaux, is a popular all-weather flat and trotting track located near the city centre of Marseille.
Racing began in 1927 at Vivaux and included a jumps course in a figure of eight. The flat racing has since moved to polytrack and the whole racecourse benefitted from significant works in 1990 that led to the creation of the panoramic restaurant and the installation of floodlights.
The floodlights are key to the product that Marseille offers international bettors today, which is quite frankly moderate flat handicaps and claimers.
The course resembles Chester, a tight left-handed ring with a very short home straight. Hard luck stories are the order of the day, so it helps to side with horses drawn low over shorter distances. Keen-going horses love the ‘always turning’ nature of the course and can enjoy themselves out the front.
Subsequent Group One winner Skalleti won the 2019 renewal of the Grand Prix de Marseille Vivaux and has won all three of his starts at the track. It is unlikely he will be back at the course anytime soon!
Marseille Vivaux Tips
The morning card at Marseille Vivaux looks an inviting one and I have a couple of fancies on the card, but We Love Daisy looks the standout bet to me and is well worth backing on handicap debut (11.35am).
She started her career in a 7f Listed race at Vichy last summer behind Sealiway and she actually ran really well, and would have finished a length or two closer but for some trouble in running in the straight. She didn’t run to that level on her next outing the following month, but she was given a considerate ride that day and finished a staying-on eighth.
Back from over six months off, I thought she ran a very nice race on her seasonal reappearance at Lyon over 1m1f, travelling well and just keeping on at one pace in the home straight, finishing 4L in front of her stablemate Mystery, who won a maiden on her next outing and is now rated 36.5.
Her dual-purpose sire Crossharbour tends to get winners over a trip and the extra furlong, upped to 1m2f, is a plus today for this scopey filly, who looks the type to improve with racing this season. I think the handicapper has taken a real chance putting her in off a mark of 32 and hopefully she can take full advantage.
11.35am Marseille Vivaux – 1pt win We Love Daisy @ 6-1 (Bet365, 11/2 Unibet, Betfred, 5-1 elsewhere)
Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte doesn’t run many at Marseille and he sends Griegos on the long trip along the south coast from his base at Mont-de-Marsan for his first start of the campaign. A triple AW winner in late 2019/early 2020, he was highly tried in two starts on turf and then didn’t quite get the rub of the green in two AW outings at Deauville and Chantilly last autumn.
He returns from a five-month break here, so fitness has to be taken on trust, but it looks a really winnable race and Guillaume Guedj-Gay, who was on board for all three wins just over a year ago, renews the partnership for the first time since.
10.35am Marseille Vivaux – 1pt win Griegos @ 4-1 (all firms)
Marseille Vivaux Top Trainers (2020)
1. Jerome Reynier 18 wins (19%)
2. Cedric Rossi 18 wins (15%)
3. Christophe Escuder 17 wins (7%)
4. Fabrice Vermeulen 12 wins (12%)
5. Frederic Rossi 11 wins (17%)
Marseille Vivaux Top Jockeys (2020)
1. Guillaume Millet 21 wins (19%)
2. Franck Blondel 15 wins (15%)
3. Marvin Grandin 11 wins (11%)
4. Sylvain Ruis 11 wins (10%)
5. Antonio Orani 10 wins (11%)
How to get there
Marseille Vivaux is poorly served by public transit, unlike the two courses in Lyon. To get to Marseille Vivaux using the metro, the best bet is to take the blue metro line 7 minutes from Vieux Port to La Timone. From there it is a 25-minute walk, but it is not the most pleasant.
Take a taxi instead. It is a 15-minute drive from the Vieux Port to Marseille Vivaux if there is light traffic.
Marseille Vivaux Top Races
Grand Prix de Marseille-Vivaux