Tarbes Tips and Racecourse Guide
Tarbes is a great turf course located in South West France with an unusually large nine furlong turf circuit.
Racing began at Tarbes back in 1809 and has really improved dramatically since it became a PMU fixture in 2012. Connected to a 9-hole golf course on the same site, Tarbes is known as a development track for not only the smartest colts and fillies of the South West, but also the Anglo-Arab breed, who are celebrated with a big day at the end of the season.
The Haras Nationale de Tarbes is the stud farm that is the base of the Anglo-Arab breed and also hosts an annual festival known as Equestria in July, which is free entry and has plenty to see and do.
A few stars began life at Tarbes. Literato won on debut in 2006, before exploding on the scene as a three-year-old the following year, winning multiples stakes races in France before landing the British Champion Stakes at Newmarket for Jean-Claude Rouget. In 2012, juvenile filly Alterite made her debut at Tarbes for the same trainer before placing in the Prix Marcel Boussac on Arc weekend behind Silasol. The following year she shipped to the States and landed the $500,000 Garden City Stakes at Belmont Park for new trainer Chad Brown.
Today’s best bets for Tarbes can be seen below. Race Sharp offers free racing tips for all meetings at Tarbes throughout the season.
12.48pm Tarbes – Texanna each-way @ 13/2 (most firms)
Angelaba is an impossibly short price for Christophe Ferland in this maiden but is by no means a penalty kick. Texanna’s jockey claims a useful 5lb and as a daughter of Zelzal, she should appreciate a step up to 1500m on faster ground this afternoon. She may not be good enough to win, but it would be a surprise if she can’t finish 2nd for the each-way money!
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Tarbes Top Trainers (2021)
1. Antoine de Watrigant 4 wins (57%)
2. Jean-Claude Rouget 4 wins (17%)
3. Bruno de Montzey 4 wins (24%)
4. Christelle Courtade 4 wins (14%)
5. Didier Guillemin 3 wins (17%)
Tarbes Top Jockeys (2021)
1. Adeline Merou 5 wins (25%)
2. Jean-Bernard Eyquem 4 wins (27%)
3. Valentin Seguy 4 wins (14%)
4. Alexandre Gavilan 3 wins (18%)
5. Mickael Forest 3 wins (12%)
How to get there
Tarbes is not the easiest to reach and is takes just under two hours to get to by train on the local TER train from Toulouse.
Tarbes is one and a half hours from Toulouse by car or two and a half hours from Bordeaux.
Tarbes Top Races
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Tarbes Tips Archives
The Rouget-trained Akria is likely to be a warm order in the 7.5f maiden at Tarbes (11.20am), with capable apprentice Samy Le Quilleuc claiming 8lbs, but at a bigger price it is worth chancing the returning Pearls Angel. Her sole start to date came over a mile on very...
I'll keep this brief, as the race is off in 20 minutes! I'm keen to take on the favourite in the opener at Tarbes, and course winner Mad River looks to be coming into form. He has conditions in his favour, is getting weight off the favourite and is a capable performer...
The first of today's French racing tips runs at the early meeting at Tarbes, with Speed Chop looking a great each-way option against the favourite. Jane Soubagne is a dab hand with juveniles and has made another fast start with her two year olds this year. Maroon Six...