Pornichet Tips and Racecourse Guide

Pornichet Racecourse is a flat and trotting course located a short walk from the centre of the popular seaside resort on the west coast. It is one of the most modernised courses in the provinces but still benefits from the relaxed family/holiday atmosphere that you come to expect in France.

The left handed flat course is not too dissimilar from Marseille-Vivaux in the south – the loop measures 1428m (seven furlongs) with a home straight of 340m (1.5 furlongs). The polytrack surface is floodlit and the racing can go on late into the night.

Provincial jockey Alexandre Roussel is the man to follow when he rides here. He has over 1000 wins to his name and over 100 of those have come at Pornichet.

Bettors who wish to extend their experience can check out the Casino de Pornichet which is a short walk from the course. It has sea views and plenty of neon lighting.

In 2019 Lambourn trainer Archie Watson sent over juvenile filly Mrs Dukesbury to rout the opposition in a maiden, scoring by four lengths under Hollie Doyle.

Pornichet Tips

Pornichet Horse Racing Tips Today – 10/12

Three-year-old maidens outside of Paris at this time of year don’t take a lot of winning and Race 2 at Pornichet looks no different, with the 3-1 second-favourite Mercurio rated the UK equivalent of OR 73.


He’s dipped into claiming company this year, similar to Fleur de Sel, a 14-race maiden rated on par and priced at 7-1.


Francis Graffard’s La Bombasse looks a worthy favourite, with an exquisite pedigree, a couple of runs under her belt and Marie Velon claiming 3lb. At 2-1 though I can look elsewhere at her dam was a middle distance star and this drop to 1,700m today doesn’t promise to suit and may just be down to a lack of opportunities in the provinces for this valuable filly to try to lose her maiden tag.


My best bet of the weekend is Hiver Lover, who caught the eye in 6th over this course and distance last time, a run which came after a long break and a gelding operation. He has a good draw in 6 and I’m sure he’d have been half the price today had he not been caught last time on the home turn behind the stalling 5/2 favourite. He finished with a flourish and if he can take a step forward today, he will give us a great run for our money at 10-1.


3.42pm Pornichet 1pt each-way Hiver Lover @ 10-1 (generally available, 11-1 with William Hill or 12-1 bet365)

Pornichet Top Trainers (2020)

1. Joel Boisnard 11 wins (21%)

2. Christophe Lotoux 8 wins (21%)

3. Alain Couetil  5 wins (33%)

4. Adrien Fouassier 5 wins (12%)

5. Ludovic Gabdin 5 wins (11%)

Pornichet Top Jockeys (2020)

1. Alexandre Roussel 18 wins (25%)

2. Mathieu Androuin 10 wins (14%)

3. Jerome Cabre 9 wins (13%)

4. Cecilia Poirier 6 wins (17%)

5. Tristan Baron 5 wins (11%)

How to get there


Seaside resort Pornichet is not the easiest day trip. It takes 3 hours to reach Pornichet by train from Paris. The TGV from Paris Montparnasse to St-Nazaire takes just under that time and then it is a 10-minute transfer to Pornichet by the local TER train service, which will be scheduled to meet the TGV.


Nantes airport has commercial flights from the UK and is 60km from Pornichet.

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Pornichet Tips Archives

Pornichet Horse Racing Tips Today – 05/03

Pornichet Horse Racing Tips Today – 05/03

There are a few that look worth combining at Pornichet this evening.   Endless Chain (4.17pm) has had a few chances, but a second here in handicap company last time out is the standout form on offer and this looks a desperate race.  She represents a yard that has...

Pornichet Horse Racing Tips Today – 20/02

Pornichet Horse Racing Tips Today – 20/02

I'll make this brief, as the race is off in 30 minutes.   Showmethegin has won 5 times and finished second on a further 8 occasions from 24 starts at Pornichet, and the track specialist is way too big at 25-1.  He gets on well with today's jockey, is well drawn,...

Pornichet Horse Racing Tips Today – 08/01

Pornichet Horse Racing Tips Today – 08/01

Race Sharp offers free tips at Pornichet throughout the year.  Sign up to our free tips newsletter or Telegram channel for the best prices on our French racing tips.   Murciano ran a nice race on debut at Deauville last month and is overpriced to make his second...

French Racing Tips – 27/03 pt 2

French Racing Tips – 27/03 pt 2

The three-year-old maiden at Pornichet this afternoon should not take a lot of winning. The second favourite, Winter's Magic, is a Camelot filly that is winless in 12 attempts and although she's been tried in handicap company before, her record would suggest that she...

French Racing Tips – 06/03 Pt 2

French Racing Tips – 06/03 Pt 2

Seven of the three-year-olds in the Pornichet feature this evening at 6.25pm were winners last time out, so something has to give! Favourite Le Noyer has been handed a poor draw in nine and looks vulnerable to something drawn better with a bit more experience. His...

French Racing Tips – 03/03

French Racing Tips – 03/03

The mile maiden at Pornichet is far from the strongest of contests and Poliana looks to hold outstanding claims of getting off the mark at the third attempt. Both starts have come over course and distance.  Runner-up on her debut at the end of December, she took a...

French Racing Tips – 08/02 Pt 2

French Racing Tips – 08/02 Pt 2

Low-grade fare at Pornichet this evening, but there is a bet in the third division of the 1m4f handicap, with Miengo worth supporting at a big price. The six year old won here last January off just 1lb higher, on what was his first attempt over this trip on the AW. ...

French Racing Tips – 30 December

French Racing Tips – 30 December

I like the look of one at a big price in the 2yo fillies' maiden at Pornichet today (5.45pm), with O'Monorie a really interesting contender on her first start for Edouard Monfort. Previously with Charley Rossi, she couldn't have been more clueless on debut, completely...

French Racing Tips – 29 December

French Racing Tips – 29 December

Even for the grade, the 3yo, 1m4f handicap at Pornichet today (4.02pm) looks really weak and presents Sudden Death with an excellent chance of getting off the mark at the second attempt for his new connections. A winner over this trip at Wissembourg back in May for...

French Racing Tips 24 September Pt 2

French Racing Tips 24 September Pt 2

Just Light did well to win a Pornichet maiden earlier in the season, despite getting no luck at all in the run.  He showed a bit of promise in a race that wasn't run to suit on his recent comeback at Deauville and he is quite closely matched with today's favourite on...

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