Saint-Cloud Tips and Racecourse Guide
Saint-Cloud Racecourse is located in the western part of Paris and features a fantastic left-handed turf course for flat racing.
Saint-Cloud is known for being the first turf fixture each season and also features the first juvenile contest.
The top race is the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, which attracts future types for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in October.
The Prix Greffulhe in spring is considered the most appropriate French trial for the Epsom Derby in the UK as it is the only recognised Derby trial for three-year-olds on a left-handed course. In 2011 Pour Moi used the race as a springboard to Epsom, completing a memorable double for Andre Fabre and teenager Mickael Barzalona.
David Menuisier sent over last month’s Group 1 Prix de Royallieu third Ottilien to win her maiden on this card at Saint-Cloud a year ago and half-brother Salamancan is worth backing to follow in her hoofprints this morning (11.30am).
The son of Recoletos was ninth on debut at Newbury three weeks ago, but that looked a decent novice contest and he was given a kind introduction. Held up in rear, he travelled well (if a touch keen, so the hood has been added today), but the race developed away from him and he wasn’t knocked about.
Menuisier’s juveniles tend to improve markedly for their first run and his comments in today’s press have been encouraging in that respect. The booking of Theo Bachelot is a plus, as he is riding at the top of his game.
11.30am Saint-Cloud – 1pt win Salamancan @ 13/2 (various)
I’m hoping Menuisier can record the double with Mysterious Love in the fillies’ maiden (12.00pm). She is a shade of odds-on, so I won’t be putting her up, but the second to classy prospect Ashiya at Chantilly last time is smart maiden form and after two starts, she looks ready to make it third time lucky.
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Saint-Cloud Top Trainers (2020)
1. Andre Fabre 10 wins (20%)
2. Carlos & Yann Lerner 6 wins (19%)
3. Francis Graffard 6 wins (18%)
4. Jean-Claude Rouget 5 wins (19%)
5. Fabrice Chappet 5 wins (12%)
Saint-Cloud Top Jockeys (2020)
1. Pierre-Charles Boudot 24 wins (22%)
2. Mickael Barzalona 14 wins (16%)
3. Maxime Guyon 14 wins (11%)
4. Christophe Soumillon 9 wins (12%)
5. Theo Bachelot 9 wins (10%)
How to get there
Saint-Cloud is not the easiest to get to via public transit and is further out than both Longchamp and Auteuil. Still, it is well worth making the effort to go there.
Factor in an hour to get to the course from central Paris. Either take the Line 1 (yellow) metro to La Defense and then the tram south to Val d’Or. Then it is a very short walk.
Alternatively, take the Transilien Line U, a suburban train, southbound 3 stops from La Defense.
An Uber costs about €32 from Central Paris to Saint-Cloud Racecourse and takes 45 minutes, allowing for a bit of traffic.
Saint-Cloud Top Races
G1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud
G1 Criterium International
G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud
G2 Prix Corrida
G2 Prix du Muguet
G2 Prix Eugene Adam
Saint-Cloud Tips Archives
Arabian racing takes centre stage at Saint-Cloud this afternoon but there are a couple of nice thoroughbred races on the undercard. The Prix Matchem looks a good betting race to me at 2.25pm. Although Andre Fabre's Tribalist was my each-way fancy in the French...
Minotauros hasn’t got the best of win records (2-27), but he has been running better than the form suggests of late and is capable of getting his head in front at Saint-Cloud this afternoon (4.45pm). A winner at this time last year on his fourth start for Ed...
He didn’t show much in two starts in two starts in the UK, but Fortuna Dufflecoat made a promising debut in France last month when runner-up at Deauville, and can go one better at Saint-Cloud this afternoon (1.15pm). His runs in the UK came over 7/7.5f, but he...
Race Sharp has one daily selection that goes out to our free Telegram group 15 minutes before being posted online. New to Telegram? Sign up to our free channel here. 3.35pm Saint-Cloud Cream Ice has form figures of 1210 at Saint-Cloud and is a massive...
Make Me King finished one place behind today's favourite Gipsy Chief on debut at Deauville last month, but Andre Fabre's colt can reverse the form today (2.25pm). He has the physical scope to make up into a very smart performer, backed up by an excellent...
Clair De Lune ran a race full of promise on debut and is a confident selection to make it second time lucky today (5.27pm). Held up in last and a shade keen, she travelled strongly and made up plenty of ground to finish on the heels of the front three in what looked a...
Saint-Cloud's feature is today and although the supporting card isn't a lot to write home about, we have two bets this afternoon. In the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud at 3.00pm, favourite Hurricane Lane is expected to strip fitter for his Ascot reappearance but you sense...
The card at Saint-Cloud is moderate today compared to what we enjoyed at Chantilly yesterday, which was spinkled with a bit of Black Type quality. Race Three looks a really weak maiden for the track and although he's winless in his eight starts to date, I think Arc...
The 2.00pm contest at Saint-Cloud this afternoon is a 10 ½ furlong conditions race that I think could well throw up a surprise. 7/4 favourite Influx was a horse last year that threatened to win a very nice race for Christophe Ferland. In 2022 he could hardly be in...
Though she finished behind Burgarita (2nd) and Amazing Grace (3rd) on her seasonal reappearance, I’m confident there is plenty of improvement to come from Rumi and she is capable of turning the tables at Saint-Cloud today (3.10pm). She finished fourth on her seasonal...