Strasbourg Tips and Racecourse Guide
Racing has taken place at Strasbourg since 1924 but the current racecourse first race in 1970. In the year 2000 Strasbourg was recognised with its first PMU races, which could be bet on nationally, and with its first Quinte handicap, which it retains today on the flat with a €50,000 purse.
Recently the racecourse has worked hard to modernise with plenty of money put into new canteen facilities, lifts and large screens. France Galop President Edouard de Rothschild opened a new owners’ lounge in 2017, providing connections with a comfortable space to enjoy their day at the races.
The right-handed course often provides soft conditions given the regional weather and it pays to follow German horses. Connections enjoy testing their horses in France as the prizemoney is better and they can qualify for larger handicaps. In 2015, former footballer Markus Munch trained Spectre to win a juvenile maiden at Strasbourg, before she enjoyed an excellent three-year-old campaign, winning the Prix Imprudence at Maisons-Laffitte. In 2017, Spectre finished fourth to Ribchester in the Group One Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
In 2021, Dilawar made a winning debut at the track for Alain de Royer-Dupre, a son of Dubawi out of Sheema Classic winner Dolniya. The backward gelding kept on improving and won a Group Three just three months later – another fine advert for Strasbourg.
I’ll keep the first one brief, as there is a bit of money for him.
Adelaide Budka has her team in scintillating form, with four winners from her last six runners, including handicaps at Chantilly and Longchamp in recent days.
She hasn’t had Moonwalk Step long, but he’s a soft-ground horse who gets his conditions (though he’d prefer it even softer) and after a couple of admittedly quiet runs, he has been found a very weak race in which he really should be winning if he can return to anything like the form he showed when winning a handicap off 34 at Saint-Cloud last November. This is very much his time of year and I’d say it is probably the weakest race he has contested in his career!
11.35am Strasbourg – 1pt win Moonwalk Step @ 4-1 (Paddy Power, William Hill, Betfair, 7/2 elsewhere)
The 1m2f Listed at Strasbourg (12.40pm) has the right favourite in Mansour, who has been in excellent form this year, winning twice at this level and then runner-up in a Group 3 at Baden-Baden last time.
However, he was beaten in all three visits to France last term and may be worth taking on with the David Menuisier-trained Winter Reprise.
Supplemented for this race, he hasn’t been seen since late June, but tends to go well fresh and has run four very good races from five starts when travelling over to France, the latest of them when just touched off in a class 1 at Saint-Cloud in May. That form reads well, as winner Kertez went close in a Group 3 next time, while the likes of Baby Rider and Millebosc were further back.
His front-running tactics are suited to this track and his yard is going well, having sent out a Listed winner at Saint-Cloud last week.
12.40pm Strasbourg – 1pt win Winter Reprise @ 13/2 (all firms)
Strasbourg Top Trainers (2021)
1. Nicolas Caullery 3 wins (21%)
2. Jess Parize 3 wins (9%)
3. Sascha Smrczek 2 wins (33%)
4. Henri-Alex Pantall 2 wins (29%)
5. Carmen Bocskai 2 wins (14%)
Strasbourg Top Jockeys (2021)
1. Clement Lecoeuvre 4 wins (17%)
2. Bauyrzhan Murzabayev 3 wins (21%)
3. Sibylle Vogt 3 wins (11%)
4. Thomas Trullier 2 wins (22%)
5. Mickaelle Michel 2 wins (18%)
How to get there
Strasbourg is well connected by train. The TGV now takes under two hours from Paris Gare de l’Est.
The drive from Calais to Strasbourg takes six hours.
Strasbourg Top Races
Prix des Violettes
Prix de la Musique
Listed Grand Prix de la Region Grand Est
Prix Marcel Michel Grand Steeple de Strasbourg
Prix du Ried
Prix Mid Dancer
Prix Nicolas Dieux
Strasbourg Tips Archives
I'll make this brief, as the race is off in half an hour! Favourite Bardolino is the one to beat on form in the 1m2f maiden at Strasbourg (10.20am), but Henk Grewe still isn't firing on all cylinders and at a bigger price, Grand Cru is worth chancing. The form of her...
Strasbourg holds centre stage in France today with a mixed eight-race card, and our first bet goes in the 1m2f maiden (12.25pm). This is a little deeper than the average maiden around here, but nevertheless I think the favourite Millionaire is worth supporting. A...
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The 4yo hurdle (10.50am) features the Lageneste & Macaire-trained Magic Nonantais at the top of the market, but he won a weak race here last time and may be vulnerable to Rosario Baron. Daniele Mele's representative has shown plenty of ability in two starts over...
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Though he has yet to show his true colours in two runs in France this year, I can't resist backing Fanfan Du Seuil in what looks a weak handicap hurdle at Strasbourg this afternoon. The six-year-old son of Racinger (sire of recent headline-maker Goas Mat) was a smart...