Vichy Tips and Racecourse Guide

Resort town Vichy has a popular racecourse with flat, jumps and trotting circuits. Racing came to Vichy back in 1875, long before it had become a tourist destination with a casino. Vichy has blossomed as a spa town, built on the legend of its healing waters, but is unfortunately better-known in the history books as being the seat of the Vichy France government from 1940 to 1944 – the part of France allied to Nazi Germany under the leadership of Marshal Philippe Pétain.

Vichy hosts 40 race meetings from May to September. July and August are particularly busy on the flat and many of the top French jockeys shuttle between Vichy and Deauville by private plane in order to stay competitive in the jockeys’ championship. In the third week of July they race on every consecutive weekday, culminating in the Group Three Grand Prix de Vichy.

Vichy’s several black type races continue to attract British raiders. In 2012, Baileys Jubilee won the Listed Prix Des Reves D’Or for Mark Johnston ahead of Ed Walker’s Faithfilly. In 2015, Boomshackerlacker won the Listed Prix Jacques de Bremond for George Baker.

Vichy Tips

French Racing Tips – 20/05

Go Johnny Go Go Go’s form figures aren’t inspiring, but there are reasons to think she could run a big race on her second start in claiming company today.

She ran much better than the fifth placing suggests at Saint-Cloud last time, in what was a deeper race than this.  She showed good early speed and looked the likely winner when hitting the front entering the final furlong, only for her effort to level out late on.  That suggested this drop back a furlong would help.

Her previous run on heavy ground is easily excused, while she was not disgraced in either of her first two starts in maidens, breaking slowly and racing on the wing on her Saint-Cloud debut in a race that has worked out very well, in which she was surrounded by subsequent winners.

She has a good draw today, Soumillon is booked (two wins and two seconds from eight rides for the yard) and the 10-1 on offer is too big.

1.50pm Vichy – 1pt win Go Johnny Go Go Go @ 10-1 (most firms)

Vichy Top Trainers (2020)

1. Jean-Pierre Gauvin 16 wins (25%)

2. Christophe Escuder 11 wins (10%)

3. Francis-Henri Graffard 9 wins (47%)

4. Andrea Marcailis 7 wins (26%)

5. Frederic Rossi 7 wins (14%)

Vichy Top Jockeys (2020)

1. Marie Velon 17 wins (22%)

2. Pierre-Charles Boudot 9 wins (22%)

3. Mickael Barzalona 5 wins (12%)

4. Ioritz Mendizibal 5 wins (17%)

5. Aude Duporté 4 wins (29%)

How to get there


Vichy is not on the TGV line, so a slow train from Paris Bercy to Vichy takes just under three hours and costs €50.


The drive from Calais to Vichy takes seven hours on motorways.

Vichy Top Races


Group Three Grand Prix de Vichy

Listed Prix Des Reves D’Or

Listed Prix Jacques de Bremond

Listed Frederic De Lagrange

Listed Hubert Baguenault De Puchesse

Listed Prix Madame Jean Couturie

Listed Prix des Jouvenceaux et des Jouvencelles

Vichy Map

Vichy Tips Archives

French Racing Tips – 19/05

French Racing Tips – 19/05

The colts and geldings’ maiden at Vichy (12.50pm) doesn’t look the strongest of affairs, and North Sound should be shorter than the 6/5 on offer this morning. A 400,000gns purchase as a yearling, this son of the excellent New Bay finished a short-head second on debut...

French Racing Tips

French Racing Tips

I'm not convinced the class 2 contest over a mile at Vichy (1.25pm) is particularly strong, so though a couple have more obvious claims on form, I am taking a chance on Keep Fire at double-figure odds. The Francis Graffard-trained son of Siyouni has only run twice to...

French Racing Tips

French Racing Tips

I think you have to go back to Tashelka in 2007 to find Andre Fabre's last winner of the Listed Prix Madame Jean Couturie at Vichy, but he sends an improving filly there today and she looks overpriced to gain a second career success. She made her debut in an...

French Racing Tips

French Racing Tips

Henri-Francois Devin had a two year old win on debut at Saint-Malo yesterday and hopefully he can have another juvenile winner at Vichy today, with Sayyal a bet on his second career start. The son of Shalaa made his debut in what looked a smart newcomers' race at...

French Racing Tips

French Racing Tips

A winner of a Quinte handicap last time out, Friendly Face is worth supporting now stepped up to Listed company today. Andre Fabre's son of Galileo may have taken five starts to get off the mark, but some of his maiden form was strong enough, as when beaten a neck by...

French Racing Tips

French Racing Tips

The mile handicap at Vichy is a low-grade affair in which Absolute Summer should have an excellent chance of recording a sixth career success. The daughter of No Risk At All has run at this meeting on four previous occasions and her last three visits have seen her...

French Racing Tips

French Racing Tips

David Cottin has enjoyed considerable success in the juvenile hurdle division this spring and Fou Du Roi looks overpriced to give him another three-year-old winner at Vichy this afternoon (2.39pm). The son of Triple Threat is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Feu...

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