Saint-Malo Tips and Racecourse Guide
Located just outside of the famous walled coastal town of Saint-Malo, the racecourse hosts 15 televised meetings each year, including flat, jumps and trotting. The official name of the racecourse is the “Hippodrome de la Côte d’Emeraude”.
Easy to reach of foot from both the town (1km) and the seaside (2.5km), Saint-Malo is a family racecourse with a typical provincial feel. The racecourse was built in 1904 and has been developed since to host up to 600 people.
The flat and hurdles course is a circuit just over seven furlongs (1450m) and has a relatively short home straight of 350m. It can be hard for hold-up horses to make up more than a couple of lengths in the home straight.
The best dining option at the racecourse is the panoramic restaurant but otherwise the inside the walled towns there are plenty of delicious pancake restaurants (creperies – make sure to try both sweet and savoury!).
A couple of outsiders worth backing at Saint-Malo today and I’ll make a brief case for them.
Valyrian Steel has been completely overlooked in the opener (12.47pm). Those at the head of the market all have questions to answer and, though that’s very much the case with our selection, he’s actually the highest rated of these and ran to marks in the 90s in Meydan at the turn of the year. He’s entitled to need the run, but at 25-1 he’s worth chancing.
12.47pm Saint-Malo – 0.5pt each-way Valyrian Steel @ 22-1 (various, 25-1 in places, 20-1 elsewhere)
In the two-year-old maiden (1.22pm), Luiza Bere looks overpriced at 9-1. She found the 1300m on the sharp side on debut, when looking in need of the experience, but was a well-backed favourite that day and can be expected to improve. I don’t think this is much of a race and though she has work to do to turn around that debut form with today’s favourite, the price discrepancy is too big. Yann Barberot is a highly-respected trainer of two year olds and she could well spring a surprise on her second start.
1.22pm Saint-Malo – 1pt win Luiza Bere @ 9-1 (most firms)
Saint-Malo Top Trainers (2021)
1. Mathieu Brasme 3 wins (75%)
2. Stephane Wattel 3 wins (27%)
3. Larissa Kneip 2 wins (67%)
4. Edouard Monfort 2 wins (50%)
5. Henri-Francois Devin 1 win (33%)
Saint-Malo Top Jockeys (2021)
1. Quentin Perrette 4 wins (67%)
2. Morgan Delalande 3 wins (43%)
3. Yoann Barille 2 wins (67%)
4. Clement Guitraud 2 wins (33%)
5. Tristan Baron 2 wins (40%)
How to get there
Saint-Malo is just 2 hours and 15 minutes from Paris by TGV. There is just one stop in Rennes on the way.
Ferry crossings to Saint-Malo leave Portsmouth and Plymouth in the UK. There are also crossings to the Channel Islands in under two hours.
Saint-Malo Top Races
Prix Mahe De La Bourdonnais
Prix Vincent De Gournay
Prix De La Porte Saint Thomas
Saint-Malo Tips Archives
Today’s best bets for Saint-Malo can be seen below. Race Sharp offers free french racing tips for all meetings at Saint-Malo throughout the season. The Alain Couetil-trained Janly is a warm order at the top of the market for today’s AQPS flat race at...
A half-brother to this year’s Group 2 Prix de Sandringham winner Purplepay, Two Fifty Two has shown promise on both starts to date and can make it third time lucky at Saint-Malo this afternoon (2.15pm). He was sent off second favourite on his debut over 6.5f at Lyon...
The opener at Saint-Malo is a modest contest and though we're taking a bit of a chance, I think Moasa is too big a price this morning. The daughter of Dabirsim was rated as high as 39.5 on the back of some decent maiden for in 2019/20 for previous yards, but failed to...
Our first bet of the day goes in the claiming hurdle at Saint-Malo (4.05pm), where Granit De Thaix looks a big price to record a third success over hurdles. He hasn't been seen since a disastrous campaign in Cagnes last winter, where he pulled up on three of four...