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.

Saint-Cloud Tips

French Racing Tips – 18 September

The 5.10pm at Saint-Cloud this afternoon is a 10-furlong handicap for modest three-year-olds.

Cream Ice has been put in as the 10/3 favourite on the basis of some recent placed efforts and is the choice of Christophe Soumillon, who is enjoying a rich vein of form this month. There is no reason why she cannot run well again, but she is winless from four attempts on this mark and her only career win was in a claiming grade.

My best bet of the weekend comes in the form of Lord Monchablon, who having raced just four times, is one of the most unexposed in the field. The 10k bargain buy was unraced at two, he had three quiet runs this year and then exploded to life last month on the back of a gelding operation. The son of Dutch Art finished strongly over a mile in this same grade to take fourth on his handicap debut – and due to the French system is able to compete off the same mark.

The fourth doesn’t tell the whole story though – he was beat just two noses for second! Stepped up two extra furlongs today, he shaped as if he would relish this trip and although his full brother Zarwaan (rated 109 at his peak) was effective between seven furlongs and mile, I’m happy to give Lord Monchablon’s connections the benefit of the doubt.

The booking of Race Sharp contributor Theo Bachelot is a sign of intent and I think Lord Monchablon will be well-backed in the minutes before the off. Bachelot is still in with a shout in the champion jockey race and will be extra hungry after a recent ban.

5.10pm Saint-Cloud – 1.5pt win Lord Monchablon @ 10-1 (Paddy Power, Betfair Sportsbook, Bet Victor & Betway)

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 Map

Saint-Cloud Tips Archives

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