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.
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 that form.
The return here will suit, in-form trainer Alain Couetil does very well at the course, and he looks set to run a big race.
RECOMMENDED BET: Just Light @ 6-1 (all firms)
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.
Pornichet Top Races
Prix Du Chateau De Ranrouet
Pornichet Tips Archives
The second at Pornichet (2.35pm) is a big-field maiden over an extended mile, so plenty of opportunity for trouble in running. However, I think Rhoda's Choice is too big a price and, despite her wide stall, is worth supporting. A well-bred filly, she showed ability...