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.
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 debut last term, but scored in a Group 3 next time out and went on to land the Group 2 Prix de la Nonette at Deauville in August on her final start of 2021, beating Penja and Rougir.
She didn’t make it to her intended autumn target, the Prix de l’Opera, but connections clearly feel she is capable of making her mark at the top level and her alternative target to this was the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.
The Laffon-Parias team had a quiet start to the campaign, but they are firing on all cylinders now, which is another positive for our chances.
3.10pm Saint-Cloud – 1pt win Rumi @ 4-1 (all firms)
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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
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Out of luck at Fontainebleau yesterday, despite my selection Stirling getting to the front from a moderate draw. I have four today at Saint-Cloud which plays host to a fabulous card. In the opener, the Prix François Mathet, I think we can expect a big run from Andre...
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