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

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 handicap company at Angers before shedding his maiden tag at Angouleme next time.

He was below that form on his next run in May, and again on reappearance when pulled up at Pau in December, but that was his first run for over seven months and he duly took a good step forwards when third here over 2m1.5f here last time.

The return to this trip looks sure to suit and after two runs back from the break, he should be spot on for today’s contest.  He is better off with Mon Prestige on their running here last time, when only beaten 2.5L by that rival, yet the latter is a short price today.

11.05am Pau – 1pt win, 0.5pt place Top Prince @ 9-1 (Paddy Power, Betfair, 10-1 with Bet365, 17/2 elsewhere)


Hot Summer was put up in this column just over a week ago and finished second, though the winner Tag had been taken out of the market as a non-runner at the time he was tipped!

He has been found a weak contest today and though he has a bit to find at the weights, there is nothing of Tag’s calibre here and the 5-1 on offer looks generous.

12.40pm Pau – 1pt win Hot Summer @ 5-1 (all 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

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Pau Tips Archives

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...

French Racing Tips – 08/01

French Racing Tips – 08/01

The cross country (11.05am) at Pau is far from the strongest of races and favourite Jocrack A La Motte looks worth supporting at the 15/8 on offer. The seven year old mare, who was a fair performer over hurdles/fences earlier in her career, looks to have improved for...

French Racing Tips – 05/01

French Racing Tips – 05/01

Our bet at Pau today goes in the mile handicap (2.22pm), with course specialist Milk Bar looking a good bet to add a seventh course success. He ran really well at the course last time, having to work a bit to get across from his wide draw and then kicking for home...

French Racing Tips – 03/01

French Racing Tips – 03/01

A mixed card at Pau today and our bet runs in the second division of the handicap hurdle, with Erwan Grall's High' Ela a really interesting contender. She is a 10-race maiden, which isn't ideal!  However, she has shown more than enough to suggest she can win races,...

French Racing Tips – 31 December

French Racing Tips – 31 December

The third division of the 1m4f handicap (rated 15-20, so an equivalent top-weight in the UK of 44) is unsurprisingly a very modest affair, but it could pay to support Islandor on her second start back with Charles Gourdain. She has won three of her 18 starts at the...

French Racing Tips – 28 December

French Racing Tips – 28 December

A tricky card at Pau today, but at the prices I have to take a chance on Haie d'Honneur bouncing back to form in the concluding conditions hurdle (1.52pm). The Gaby Leenders-trained four year old was last seen falling over fences at Bordeaux in October, but had...

French Racing Tips – 24 December

French Racing Tips – 24 December

The AQPS chase for 4yos (11.50am) is far from the strongest of races and it is well worth taking a chance on Hyjie at a big price. Trainer Isabelle Pacault tends to have a decent squad for the winter at Pau and Hyjie ran really well when runner-up here over hurdles in...

French Racing Tips – 19 December

French Racing Tips – 19 December

Nothing that really stands out at a price at Pau today, but I've backed a couple on the card, starting with Bou Has in the beginners' chase (11.35am). Her third at Nantes on heavy ground in May on her second of three starts for Arnaud Chaille-Chaille was a good...

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