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.

Pau Tips

Pau Horse Racing Tips Today – 04/02

A great card at Pau today with my interest draw to the novice chase at 12.00pm UK time.


Twist of Art  rates as a confident bet for me at 7/4. Strong pedigree (bred by Julian Richmond-Watson), useful hurdles form (winner on debut) and looked really good here on his most recent start, his chase debut off a 4+ month break.


The Nicolle horses are firing again and the morning support for him on the  PMU can’t hurt.


Krakan is a danger at 2-1, who I fancied last time in a race which has since worked out well. However I can’t get away from the fact that he just looked sluggish at this C&D and lost quite a bit of ground on some of his jumps.


It’s not rained for 15 days at Pau. Although they have watered, I expect the drying ground to play into the hands of the keen-going selection, who jumps superbly for this grade.


12.00pm Pau 2 points win Twist of Magic @ 7/4 (William Hill, Paddy Power and Betfair Sportsbook)

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 Map

Pau Tips Archives

Pau Horse Racing Tips Today – 10/12

Pau Horse Racing Tips Today – 10/12

The opener at Pau this morning rates as probably the most esoteric betting event of the weekend but I'm keen to get involved at the UK prices.   Kareem remains a maiden but a useful one at that. His rating of 45 gives him the class edge here and he is worth...

Pau Racing Tips Today – 08/02

Pau Racing Tips Today – 08/02

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....

Pau Horse Racing Tips Today – 28/01

Pau Horse Racing Tips Today – 28/01

The third division of the mile handicap at Pau (11.00am) is desperately weak, even for the grade, and at the prices it is worth chancing O Gre Des Saisons to come good at the 22nd attempt!   The five year old finished runner-up in three handicaps last term, on...

Pau Horse Racing Tips Today – 11/01

Pau Horse Racing Tips Today – 11/01

Sign up to our free tips newsletter or Telegram channel for the best prices on our French racing tips.   A quartet at double-figure prices at Pau today, starting with Hitech in the Quinte.   I put him up at Auteuil in October, where he failed to shine, but...

Pau Horse Racing Tips Today – 18/12

Pau Horse Racing Tips Today – 18/12

Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Pau throughout the year.  Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips.    Erwan Grall sent out 12 winners from his Maisons-Laffitte base at this Pau meeting last year and there...

Pau Horse Racing Tips Today – 14/12

Pau Horse Racing Tips Today – 14/12

Race Sharp offers free tips for all meetings at Pau throughout the year.  Sign up to our free tips newsletter for the best prices on our French racing tips.    Avolta had the re-opposing Slip Sliding Away one place behind her on debut at Bordeaux in late October...

French Racing Tips – 06/02

French Racing Tips – 06/02

The claiming hurdle at Pau is another weak contest - it has been a particularly uncompetitive division so far this year - and Top Prince could go very well at a nice price. The David Henderson-trained six year old was in good form last spring, finishing second in...

French Racing Tips – 04/02

French Racing Tips – 04/02

The highlight of the Pau meeting for the four year olds takes place today and this year's renewal of the Prix Camille Dubosq looks a really competitive affair. Old friend Loumonrok (who was tipped up in this column when scoring at 40-1 at Cholet in November) is a...

French Racing Tips – 02/02

French Racing Tips – 02/02

The lowest of the three divisions of the 1m2f handicap at Pau (1.42pm) is, unsurprisingly, a very weak contest, in which Patna Dream looks an interesting contender. She has travelled well through her races here the last twice, both times over 1m4f, and the drop back...

French Racing Tips – 26/01

French Racing Tips – 26/01

The opener at Pau looks an interesting contest, in which the ex-Irish Up Helly Aa is worth chancing on his first start for Philippe Sogorb. Formerly in training with Willie McCreery, the son of Galileo and Group 1 Matron Stakes...

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