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The Horse Race Courses around Paris

There are actually six racecourses around the Paris area that are operated by France Galop and these are Auteuil, Chantilly, Deauville, Longchamp, Maisons-Laffitte and Saint-Cloud.  Three of these are also training centres, and the French racing governing body also organises jumps races at Enghien Racecourse, which is also in the Paris area.

Auteuil Racecourse

The Auteuil Racecourse is located on the edge of Paris and is renowned for the diversity of its courses and jumps.

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This particular racecourse plays host to the Gras Savoye Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, which is held on the last Sunday in May.  Classed as the most spectacular event of the season the Gras Savoye Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris is one of the longest of any French horse race courses and has 23 obstacles for the horse and rider to negotiate.

The Auteuil horserace course also holds an International Jumps Weekend in November and the Dimanches au Galop, which are racing Sundays for the whole family. 

Chantilly Racecourse

The Chantilly horserace course holds two internationally renowned races in June, and the Prix du Jockey Club is one of the largest Group 1 races held in Europe. This has been established as the second most richly rewarded event in flat racing in France for the colts racing over a mile and a quarter.

The second renowned horse race is called the Prix de Diane that selects the best European filly and is also over a mile and a quarter.

Deauville Racecourse

Deauville-La Touques is one of the leading flat racing venues in France and is only a short trip from Paris, and at this venue they have a calendar comprising almost fifty meetings through each year.

Situated amid a delightful 75 hectare expanse of greenery, the racing calendar is spread over seven months of the year, which draws numerous tourists, especially during the summer months where they hold Group 1 races in August, but they also hold numerous different events that are always a place for relaxation, excitement and entertainment. 

The training centre accommodates around 300 horses during the year, but this rises to almost 600 in August, and with the renowned August yearling sales and the neighbouring stud farms, these all contribute to the prestige of this venue. Deauville-la Touques Racecourse, in immediate proximity to the town centre and sea shore.

Enghien Racecourse

The Enghien horserace course plays host to two different types of events and this racecourse is split between trotting races that are organised by le Cheval Français and jump races, which are organised by France Galop.

The two grandest jumps races on the Enghien racecourse calendar are the Grand Steeple-Chase d'Enghien held in October, and the Grande Course de Haies d'Enghien, which is also called the Prix Léopold d'Orsetti and is usually held in either late October or early November.

Longchamp Racecourse

The Longchamp horserace venue is located at the heart of the Bois de Boulogne just outside of the City of Paris and this is a flagship racecourse for France Galop. 

The quality of the Longchamp horse race track and the race card where they hold sixteen Group 1 events, plus the prestigious Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe held on the first Sunday in October all contribute to the international prestige of French racing and France is among the worlds top horse racing nations.

The Longchamp racecourse venue spans over 55 hectares and is a favourite spot for many Parisians when it comes to a day out of leisure and relaxation, plus the Dimanches au Galop, which is a family day out has proved exceedingly popular here.

Maisons-Laffitte Racecourse

The Maisons-Laffitte is actually the largest racecourse in the Paris area and is located in a leafy park right by the River Seine.

Together with the Newmarket Racecourse in the UK, it boasts a 2,000 metre home straight that is the longest in Europe.

Each year on a Sunday in July there is a special event in which to attract families rather than just true horseracing enthusiasts and has a theme of a country picnic, so is a great destination for a day out even with children.

The Maison-Lafitte horse race course also plays host to some Group 2 races through the year.

Saint-Cloud Racecourse

The Saint-Cloud racecourse is set on a hillside and overlooks the western side of Paris, offering some brilliant panoramic views and a spacious area ideal for picnics and relaxation.

The flat racing programme includes three Group 1 events and one of these is the actual trials for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and hosted in June it is called the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. 

On the 1st May every year the French regional council in the area and France Galop organise a day that is designed to bring together all things equestrian from leisure through to racing.  There is a wide variety of horse based entertainment along with a country fair and designed to get the whole family together alongside horseracing enthusiasts, it is definitely a day that all will remember.


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