Nantes Tips and Racecourse Guide
Founded in 1834, Nantes stages over 230 races each year over flat, jumps and trotting courses.
The flat course is left-handed where it often pays to be drawn low and race handy. Runners are almost always turning and then there isn’t a lot of time to get organised once they hit the top of the two-furlong (400m) home straight.
The shortest flat trip at Nantes is 5.5 furlongs (1100m) and the longest trip is 3700m.
Towards the end of the year, Nantes stages is best race over a middle distance. The Grand Prix de Nantes is held in late October or early November and is open to older horses over 12 furlongs (2400m). In 2021, the race was won in impressive style by Dato for Germany, who then won a Group Two at Cologne in 2022. He beat Palus Argenteus, who has upheld the form since, in winning a warm Listed race at Chantilly in sensational front-running style.
Henri-Alex Pantall is the trainer to follow at Nantes, who often runs his Godolphin-owned blue bloods at the track.
Francis Graffard has already sent out the winners of two middle-distance maidens this week and Nova Scotia looks set to provide him with another success at Nantes today (12.22pm).
The son of Le Havre has built up a solid profile in three starts to date and was clear of the remainder when runner-up to the promising Nachtflug at Clairefontaine last time.
There is nothing of that calibre in today’s field and this looks an excellent opportunity.
12.22pm Nantes – 1pt win Nova Scotia @ 11/8 (all firms)
Prescy Liia has been knocking on the door in handicaps of late and looks sure to run a big race in the 1m4f handicap (11.50am).
Christophe Lotoux does a good job with a smallish team and she has been running consistently well since returning from a break at the end of June, with form figures of 2424.
She has a good draw in stall 2 and there’s no doubt she is capable of winning races off this mark.
11.50am Nantes – Prescy Liia each-way @ 9/2 (all firms)
The juvenile hurdle (1.32pm) isn’t the strongest of races and Jack Des Mottes is a shade of value to make a winning debut.
He represents the Francois Nicolle team, who continue to bang in the winners, and is bred to be useful, being a half-brother to two black-type performers from as many runners, including the yard’s Listed winner Pamela Des Mottes (who also scored on debut).
Sire Castle Du Berlais has made a good start with his first crop and Nicolle has won with both of the sire’s progeny that he has run so far, notably the smart prospect Goliath Du Rheu.
Tanguy Andrieux (who used to be conditional for Yannick Fouin) claims a valuable 4kg and hopefully Jack Des Mottes can give him a first winner for the champion trainer.
1.32pm Nantes – Jack Des Mottes win @ 4-1 (all firms)
Nantes Top Trainers (2021)
1. Henri-Alex Pantall 8 wins (28%)
2. Ludovic Gadbin 4 wins (14%)
3. Philippe Sogorb 3 wins (28%)
4. Nicolas Paysan 3 wins (38%)
5. Joel Boisnard 3 wins (14%)
Nantes Top Jockeys (2021)
1. Alexandre Roussel 5 wins (14%)
2. Damien Boche 4 wins (22%)
3. Mickael Berto 3 wins (27%)
4. Julien Guillochon 3 wins (11%)
5. Hugo Lebouc 3 wins (11%)
How to get there
The 26 Bus can be taken from the St-Nicolas stop in the town centre. It’s 14 stops to the racecourse stop, Champ de Courses.
The drive to the racecourse from the city centre takes 20 minutes in a taxi, factoring in light traffic.
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Nantes Tips Archives
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