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 opening claimer at Marseille Vivaux features three at the top of the market that have won in this grade already this year. However, the favourite Lilou Chope has won a couple of really weak races here, while Aspen finished out the back on debut for Cedric Boutin and, though he is respected on form, is far from certain to return to the level he showed when winning at Fontainebleau for Fabrice Chappet.
Ardluasa‘s recent form figures aren’t inspiring, but he was badly hampered at a crucial stage in handicap company last time, and had run creditably the time before off a mark of 31.
A winner over this course and distance in February for his previous connections, he was much the best that day and ran another good race when fifth in a class 2 here on his debut for this yard.
Jockey Gregoire Legras claims 3lbs and is riding with plenty of confidence, given the form of his main backer Jerome Reynier, and Ardluasa has the ability to return to winning ways today.
10.50am Marseille Vivaux – 1pt each-way Ardluasa @ 4-1 (most firms)
Later on the card, I’m taking a chance on Divine Light, who starts out for Jerome Reynier today.
The ex Charlie Appleby-trained filly won a Newmarket maiden on debut at two and was highly-tried last year, finishing in midfield in the Nell Gwyn on reappearance and then taking in a Listed at York en route to a midfield finish in the Sandringham at Royal Ascot when last seen.
She has been off since, and was purchased for 145,000gns at the December Mares’ Sale in Newmarket.
With a win already under her belt, the fact connections are persevering suggests they are hopeful she can gain some black type this year, and though the jockey booking does suggest this could be a pipe-opener, Manon Germain’s claim does mean Divine Light will be carrying just 51kg, so in receipt of 9kg from the two market leaders, who are rated 34 and 38.5 (75 and 85 in UK, whereas Divine Light is rated 94…albeit unlikely to run to it!).
Reynier has been in flying form, and it’s worth noting he won a stronger race than this with a filly having her first run in France at Marseille Borely last week.
12.25pm Marseille Vivaux – 1pt win Divine Light @ 13/2 (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
Marseille Vivaux Map
Marseille Vivaux Tips Archives
We head to Marseille Vivaux for today's French action and our bet comes in the 1m2f maiden (12.30pm). Morning favourite Johnny Love has some fair form to his name around here and is respected, but I like the chances of Capoeira. Runner-up in a nursery off 69 on his...
The opening handicap at Marseille features plenty of out-of-form stayers, but Lady Mag has run a little better than her form figures suggest the last twice and looks a good bet at the prices. She won in claiming company at Lyon last month under this rider, and had...
I'll make this relatively quick, as the race is due off in half an hour! Gaide looks too big in the next at Marseille. A nicely-bred son of Territories, he ran nicely on debut at Vichy in September and improved on that form when third over this course and distance in...
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...