Pau Tips and Racecourse Guide
Pau Racecourse hosts exciting flat and jumps racing from December to February. The race program is spread over 24 PMU fixtures and there are a greater number of jumps races.
56,000 spectactors attended the 2019/20 meeting and there is plenty to enjoy at a site where races were first held in 1842. The British settled and imported horseracing culture in the 19th century, attracted by the good weather.
Today the racecourse is not only a training centre, but holds a key place in the winter jumps calendar with its sister course Cagnes-sur-Mer.
Pau has a polytrack circuit for flat racing, which has a 400m home straight.
Many good horses have started their careers at Pau or raced here.
Sirene D’Ainay won the Pau Champion Hurdle before running a great 2nd to Quevega in the 2013 renewal of the Mares Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. More recently, Easysland won the 2020 Grand Cross de Pau in the silks of JP McManus and then doubled up in the Cross Country at the Cheltenham Festival.
I’ll make this brief, as the race is off in 20 minutes.
I put Vandrimar up at 12-1 on his latest outing at Pau a month ago. Given plenty to do by his inexperienced conditional jockey, he was nevertheless running a big race in second when unseating at the last.
This doesn’t look any stronger, Gabin Meunier is a definite upgrade in the saddle, and the Pacault yard are already on the scoresheet this afternoon.
2.22pm Pau – 2pts win, 1pt place Vandrimar @ 16-1 (most firms)
Pau Top Trainers (2020)
1. Jean-Claude Rouget 8 wins (29%)
2. Charles Gourdain 7 wins (12%)
3. Didier Guillemin 6 wins (19%)
4. Damien De Watrigant 6 wins (17%)
5. Simone Brogi 5 wins (14%)
1. Guillaume Macaire 22 wins (20%)
2. David Cottin 19 wins (14%)
3.Francois Nicolle 11 wins (11%)
4. Gabriel Leenders 10 wins (16%)
5. Daniela Mele 8 wins (17%)
Pau Top Jockeys (2020)
1. Jean-Bernard Eyquem 7 wins (25%)
2. Valentin Seguy 6 wins (13%)
3. Maryline Eon 5 wins (16%)
4. Julien Augé 5 wins (15%)
5. Ioritz Mendizibal 4 wins (8%)
1. Clement Lefebvre 10 wins (20%)
2. Kevin Nabet 10 wins (18%)
3. Felix De Giles 10 wins (14%)
4. Nathalie Desoutter 8 wins (22%)
5. Geoffrey Re 8 wins (18%)
How to get there
The T2 bus will cost €1 and it takes 15 minutes to reach the racecourse from Pau town. Get on at Palais de Justice and head northbound.
The drive to Pau racecourse from the town takes 10 minutes. There are 500 parking places.
Pau airport has flights from Paris, Lyon, Nantes, Marseille and Marrakech.
Pau Top Races
G3 Grand Prix de Pau
Listed Prix Camille Duboscq
Listed Grande Course de Haies de Pau
Listed Prix Antoine De Palaminy
Listed Grand Cross de Pau
Pau Tips Archives
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