for horseracing in France
FRANCE GALOP IS AN ASSOCIATION THAT RUNS AND CONTROLS THE RACING
SECTOR IN FRANCE. IT HAS MULTIPLE TASKS.
FRANCE GALOP’S AIM IS TO IMPROVE THE BREED.
In this context, the association promotes the breeding and training of racehorses by paying out prize-money in flat and jump races, and awarding premiums to breeders and owners of racehorses. Its revenue is generated from levies on bets placed on horseracing.
The racing programme ensures that only the best horses are selected for the breeding industry. France Galop’s budget is generated from levies on around 10 billion Euros worth of bets on horseracing placed each year in France. France Galop and its Trotting counterpart co-own the PMU, the leading betting operator in Europe.
FRANCE GALOP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RACING PROGRAMME
Each year, France Galop produces a racing programme that features 7 300 flat and jump races, which are staged on 151 racecourses all over the country.
FRANCE GALOP OVERSEES THE INTEGRITY OF FLAT AND JUMP RACING.
France Galop also oversees the integrity of flat and jump racing in France. France Galop’s stewards ensure that the rules of racing are applied to every race through, for example, numerous means of video surveillance. More than 12 000 samples are taken from racehorses to test for prohibited substances. France Galop leads the fight against doping and adopts a zerotolerance policy when prohibited substances are administered to any horse entered in a race.
FRANCE GALOP IS AT THE HEART OF THE RACING SECTOR
France Galop issues licences to owners and racing’s professionals, including trainers and jockeys, and is responsible for distributing prizemoney and premiums to racing’s key players.
FRANCE GALOP IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COUNTRY’S MOST IMPORTANT RACING VENUES:
France Galop is the operator, manager or owner of six racecourses, including some of the world’s most famous venues: Longchamp, Auteuil, Chantilly, Saint-Cloud, Maisons-Laffite and Deauville. It is also co-manager, with LeTROT, of Enghien, as well as three training centres dedicated exclusively to racehorses: Chantilly, Maisons-Laffitte and Deauville.
FRANCE GALOP ORGANISES IMPORTANT EVENTS
France Galop organises major sporting events that are renowned all over the world. Among them are the weekend of the Grand Steeple Chase de Paris, the Prix du Jockey Club, the Prix de Diane Longines, the Deauville Lucien Barrière meeting, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, as well as the two-day jumping weekend for extreme sports enthusiasts... France Galop also ensures that the whole family can enjoy a day at the races, especially on Sundays, when there are plenty of attractions to keep children entertained.
TRANSFORM OUR ASSETS INTO THE ENGINE OF OUR FUTURE GROWTH
Horseracing is exerting its influence on the international stage. Breeders, trainers, jockeys and stable staff: all of them infuse their passion and knowledge into this industry of excellence.
Flat and jump horses distinguish themselves in the greatest horseracing events, in France and abroad. Champions bred in France are sought after by owners from all over the world and their sale prices continue to break records, regardless of the economic climate. The major horseracing events attract international journalists and sporting highlights that showcase our racing programme provide spectators with the greatest thrills.
The French racing industry, which is based on the pari mutual, is an international benchmark thanks to the sterling efforts of France Galop and the exemplary integrity of its racing infrastructure. The majority of horses remain in training in France, regardless of their owner’s nationality, which shows real confidence in our system.
These principles are genuine and solid. However, we must continue to improve. Horseracing does not exist in a vacuum, out of touch with reality. Betting, on which the revenue of our industry depends, has been affected by the difficult economic environment. To revive racing’s appeal we must modernise, make the customer the centre of our strategy and integrate the latest technologies.
The challenges ahead are daunting but such obstacles have never previously hampered the industry’s players. We build our future today, and the success of that future will be propelled by the entire industry.
EDOUARD DE ROTHSCHILD
PRESIDENT, FRANCE GALOP
As part of its public service mission, the France Galop association’s aim is to improve the racehorse breed and to promote the breeding industry. Its budget draws revenues from horseracing bets on French flat and jump races, and from a diet of international races available to French punters in France.
Horseracing bets are taken on the racecourses, as well as beyond their perimeters. Horseracing bets are handled by the PMU. The GIE is controlled by France Galop, Le TROT and a collection of some 50 racing companies based in the provinces, and ever since legislation was passed to open up betting markets on 12 May 2010, by internet sites officially approved by Arjel, the French Online Gambling Regulatory Authority.
After the pay-out to successful punters, deductions of State tax and the GIE costs have been established, these racing companies dispose of net financial resources which are supplemented by a licence-fee payment by all approved online betting operators.
France Galop revenue is supplemented by partnership contracts and by sponsorship of major events, the renting out of racecourse premises, the sale of TV rights in France and internationally, services rendered to members and revenues generated from these properties.
The net overall budget of 447 Million Euros in 2016 allows France Galop to promote the racing industry, together with 77 000 jobs directly linked to that industry. To this end, the leading item in France Galop’s budget is the distribution of breeding premiums. In 2016, 281.6 Million Euros, the same sum as 2015, will be paid out to owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys of winning and placed horses in races run in France.
France Galop also covers running costs linked to the organisation, from the promotion and control of 7 300 annual races run on 151 racecourses all over France, as well as the management of 6 racecourses and 3 training centres in its portfolio. In total, 441 employees work at the headquarters or on sites managed or owned by France Galop.
The different branches
of the institution
of the institution
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
INCLUDING 3 EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
Edouard de ROTHSCHILD, PRESIDENT
Jean-Pierre COLOMBU, Vice President, President of the Flat racing Council
Jean d’INDY, Vice President, President of the Jump racing Council
AND 9 ELECTED MEMBERS
PRESIDENT, REGIONAL COUNCIL OF RACING:
PRESIDENT OF THE REGIONAL COMMITTEE OF RACING:
Daniel AUGEREAU, Vice-President in charge of modernisation and development
Louis ROMANET, Advisor to the President
France Galop General
FRANCE GALOP COMMITTEE
INCLUDING 28 ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
20 ASSOCIATE MEMBERS:
2 PRESIDENTS OF PREMIUM RACING COMPANIES:
6 PRESIDENTS OF REGIONAL FLAT RACING COUNCILS:
28 SOCIO-PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS
5 PRESIDENTS OF REGIONAL FLAT RACING COMMITTEES
Jean-Hugues de CHEVIGNY, President of the West - Anjou-Maine regional committee
Patrick DREUX, President of the South East - Corsica regional committee
Philippe JEANNERET, President of the North - Ile de France - Haute-Normandie and Basse-Normandie regional committee
Nicolas de LAGENESTE, President of the East - Centre-East regional committee
Axelle NÈGRE DE WATRIGANT, President of the South-West committee
Alain de KERMADEC, PRESIDENT OF THE JUDICIAL COUNCIL
ARE THE CORNERSTONE OF RACING
BEING AN OWNER OF A FLAT OR JUMP RACEHORSE PROMOTES INTENSE AND EMOTIONAL SENSATIONS IN THE DURATION OF A RACE. IT ALSO MEANS YOU WILL BE SWEPT AWAY BY CHEERING CROWDS, AND SEEING YOUR SILKS CROSSING THE FINISHING LINE WILL BRING HUGE JOY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
OWNERSHIP, SHARING A PASSION
Being a racehorse owner is no longer the preserve of the rich. Today it is accessible to everyone, thanks to the development of various sharedownership purchase options where the number of participants is nearly unlimited and thus reduces your financial commitment. These ownership options, known as “Racing Clubs”, are an ideal way to get involved in the racing world within a very friendly atmosphere.
Owners come from diverse backgrounds: they are craftsmen, traders, industrialists, comedians, lawyers, doctors and young entrepreneurs, or even pensioners. All of them are sportsmen, rubbing shoulders at the track with the most prestigious silks, united by their passion for racing.
Once an owner is approved, he/she will entrust the trainer with his/her horse.
HOW DO YOU BUY A RACEHORSE?
There are different ways of becoming a racehorse owner:
- Horses can be bought at public auction, if necessary through a recognised agent or trainer
- at the end of “claiming” or “selling” races, where all runners are for sale
- through private sales
- Some take it a step further by breeding their own horses.
THE DIFFERENT WAYS
OF OWNING A RACEHORSE
A racehorse can be owned by an individual, a company, a partnership (partnership agreement), or it can be leased.
Once the owner has received authorisation from France Galop, he can run the horse in his colours, and win prize-money and premiums. There are several types of racehorse ownership:
- Sole ownership
- Leasing a racehorse
- Leasing a racehorse through partnership
- Joint ownership
- Company ownership
The owner is the sole owner of the horse and has the privilege of choosing his own exclusive colours, and hence, to become an important player in the world of horse racing.
ADVANTAGES OF SOLE OWNERSHIP
- Personalised colours
- Playing a major role in a high-profile sport: join the club of racehorse owners in France, who are passionate about competition.
- Unlimited pleasure and freedom: the owner is the one who makes all the decisions in agreement with his trainer.
- Legal form: owner in your own name
- Average cost per year per horse: between 15 000 € and 23 000 €.
The owner shares his horse and his passion with his friends and family....He pools his resources
ADVANTAGES OF JOINT OWNERSHIP
- A unified and user-friendly passion: The horse and its environment provide the opportunity to share and enjoy the sport as a team.
- Together, the associates chose the silks for their association.
- Sharing a dream: Thanks to pooling the costs, ownership of a racehorse becomes more accessible.
- Responsibilities of varying scope: The owner can be a “managing partner” with approval as an owner of France Galop, or simply a “minority partner”, with approval as an associate.
- Legal form: partnership agreement between 2 and up to 20 people, all jointly responsible
- Average cost per year per horse for a partnership of 10 people: between 1 500 and 2 300 €.
For those wanting to live the passion without obligation and risk by a controlled investment. How? Through a private or capital company (two to 10 000 members). That is the Esprit Club.
ADVANTAGES OF A RACING CLUB
- A controlled and manageable investment: for a fixed sum the owner can fulfil his passion and discover the racing world.
- Pleasure without constraints and easily accessible: it allows the owner to concentrate purely on racing. Only three main shareholders have to be approved.
- Legal form: from two up to several thousand members within a private or capital company.
- Average cost per year per horse: starting at 50 €.
THE OWNER’S BUSINESS CARD
On racecourses the colours of an owner (racing silks comprised of body, sleeves and cap) are his business card through which his horses and their respective riders are instantly recognisable. There is no doubt colours provide this instant recognition; in fact racing set the tone for other sports, like football, rugby and cyclists, which many decades later copied the concept of jockeys’ colours by creating their own instantly recognisable shirts or jackets.
Choosing your colours is an emotional but also fun moment for any new owner. There are set colours and designs, with many different combinations to choose from. Some owners chose their colours with their families, plumping for those that bring luck or reflect their origins. Each owner becomes the sole proprietor of his colours and the chosen silks will only return to the public domain once their owner has been inactive for five years.
schemes authorised by France Galop
THE BODY DESIGN
THERE ARE 25 AUTHORISED DESIGNS
The back and front of the body must have the same design.
THERE ARE 12 AUTHORISED DESIGNS
Both sleeves have to carry identical designs
THERE ARE 10 AUTHORISED DESIGNS
THERE ARE 18 AUTHORISED COLOURS
All three elements – body, sleeves and cap – have to be registered in this order and can combine two colours; three in exceptional cases.
FIRST LINK IN THE CHAIN
The breeder of racehorses, thoroughbred, Purebred Arabian or AQPS (French half-Bred), is the first link in the equine chain. He guarantees a constant improvement of the breed. To this end, French breeders will blend bloodlines of the best racehorses in order to produce horses capable of achieving increasingly better results at international level.
With patience and precision, French and foreign breeders have over many generations made decisions on selection that have generated constant improvement in the racehorse breed.
Breeders have contributed to the faster speed achieved by the English Thoroughbred. Their efforts have borne fruit and are reflected in the record times achieved in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the World Thoroughbred Championship. In 1920, the year of its inauguration, the winning time was 2 minutes 39 seconds. The current record, posted in 2011, now stands at 2 minutes 24.49 seconds.
The breeding origins of every racehorse are verified by DNA testing and registered in the Stud Book, the official database controlled by France Galop in France. In horse racing, cloning and artificial insemination of thoroughbreds and AQPS is strictly prohibited.
The breeder will monitor the pregnancy (a gestation period of 11 months) and once the foal (so-called until 31 December of the year of its birth) is born, he will start to prepare it for its imminent athletic career. When it is 18 months old, and now a yearling, it will leave the stud to be broken, which means it will be taught to carry a saddle and rider. The most promising of them will go to the yearling sales, like the Deauville sales at the end of August. They will then start being trained to become a racehorse.
France Galop promotes the breeding of horses by its distribution of breeders’ premiums.
The 4 different breeds
THE ENGLISH THOROUGHBRED
Sought after for his speed!
The thoroughbred was created by the British when they cross-bred English mares with Purebred Arabian stallions, which is where the word “English Thoroughbred” originates from. The Stud Book, a genealogical register of thoroughbreds then known as the “General Stud Book” in England, was established in 1793 under George III’s reign. In France, Luis-Philippe signed a countervailing duty order in 1833, establishing a “register for registering Purebred horses”, effectively creating the “French Stud Book”, whose first volume was published in 1838. These two books, English and French, registered descendants from English mares crossed with a multitude of oriental stallions, including the Byerley Turk, the Darley Arabian and the Godolphin Arabian.
Thoroughbreds compete in two codes, flat and jump racing, and are truly exceptional athletes. Their coats are mainly chestnut (tan or light brown), bay (brown with black mane) and sometimes black or grey.
The English Thoroughbred is renowned for its speed. It can cover five furlongs (1,000 metres) in less than one minute, achieving speeds of 40mph. The overall impression is that of aesthetic harmony: its strong shoulders, powerful hindquarters and long legs all help it to achieve the range of its stride at the gallop. It has a deep chest, allowing for strong lungs to expand when at maximum output. The typical thoroughbred averages 16 hands (measured at the withers) in height. It possesses all the reflexes, relaxation and nervous stimuli vital for competition.
The flat racehorse is predicated, according to its specific aptitudes, to run over certain distances. The “sprinter” or “flyer” is very fast over short distances; between five and six furlongs. The “miler” is as the name indicates a specialist over the mile distance (1 600 metres). “Intermediatedistance” horses excel over nine or ten furlongs. The “classic” racing distance is over a mile and a half (2 400 metres), over which horses need a blend of speed and stamina to excel. This is the racing distance of the most prestigious Group 1 events, the highest standard in racing, including the most famous of all, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the world championship for thoroughbreds.
As for “stayers”, they possess the ability to dig deep into reserves of stamina. The staying distances range from 3 000 metres to more than 4 000 metres. Thanks to smart choices by breeders in terms of crossing bloodlines, some thoroughbreds are perfectly capable of mastering several different distances and winning a myriad of races throughout their careers.
AQPS (FRENCH HALF-BREDS)
The robust horse
AQPS horses are generally bred for Jump races, as these horses have a strong constitution and are often very tall (between 1,60 cm and 1,70 cm at the withers).
AQPS are English Thoroughbreds cross-bred with Anglo-Arabians and French riding horses. In February 2005, these cross-breds were recognised as a distinct breed of its own, with a Stud Book that registers the origins of each horse.
THE PUREBRED ARABIAN RACEHORSE
Equipped with a lively character
Purebred Arabians benefit from a racing programme dedicated exclusively to this breed. The Purebred Arabian is very tough and has great scope for endurance. The Purebred Arabian is characterised essentially by its extremely lively temperament that gives the English Thoroughbred its vitality. It is well built, though smaller than the Thoroughbred, with a distinctive and expressive head carriage. The most prestigious event in the Purebred Arabian racing program is the Qatar Arabian World Cup.
The Purebred Arabian (PSAR) was the originator of the English Thoroughbred (see chapter on thoroughbred).
Anglo-Arabians have resulted from crossing Thoroughbreds with Purebred Arabians.
Their athletic profiles allow them to compete in flat as well as jump races. French Anglo-Arabian races are divided into two categories: those for Anglo-Arabians that have between 12.5% and 37.5% Arabian blood in their veins, and those with more than 37.5% Arabian blood in their veins. Many Anglo-Arabian races take place in the South-West of France. A large number of these races are also run in Mediterranean countries like Tunisia and Morocco.
the maker of champions
A TRAINER PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY PREPARES THE HORSES WHICH HAVE BEEN SENT TO HIM BY THE OWNER.
His skills include a profound knowledge of horses and a sharp eye. Trainers can have anything between one and 200 horses in their care, but all of them have to be ridden out each morning!
The objective is to bring the horse to peak condition on the day he travels to the racecourse to contest a race that suits his preference for race distances and ground conditions. A trainer is the manager of his own business. His role involves attracting new owners, creating Racing Clubs, acquiring knowledge about the market and even buying racehorses. On top of all this, he must also share his passion with his team and the horse’s connections.
THE THREE DAILY TRAINING ROUTINES OF A RACEHORSE:
- “warm-up phase” which consists of a relatively quiet workout (walking, trotting, light canter)
- “muscle building”, which is achieved by long periods of walking, galloping (regular gallops) and by some faster work over a short distance
- “conditioning”, which professionals call “lung-opening”, which will see horses gallop in faster work over 1,000 or 1,200 metres.
- Schooling over hurdles or fences of jump horses
A RACING CAREER THAT STARTS AT THE AGE OF 18 MONTHS
Horses are about 18 months old when they start their training by being “broken in”. This means the horse will learn to accept to carry a rider on his back. The career of a flat horse generally starts at the age of 2 and lasts until the age of 7 (it will generally reach its peak between the age of 3 and 4). A jump horse’s career starts at the age of 3 and continues through to the age of 10 (with a peak at the age of between 6 and 8).
THE FOUR IMPORTANT CHAPTERS IN THE LIFE OF A RACEHORSE ARE DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
- Foal: they year of the horse’s birth (weaning period)
- Yearling: the year that follows its birth
- Colt, filly: from 2 to 4 years old
- Horse, mare: 4-year-olds and older
JOCKEYS ARE FABULOUS ATHLETES AND REMARKABLE STRATEGISTS.
In fact, they only have a minute or two to make a difference within a race that unfolds at speeds in excess of 60 km/h. In the process they must take into account their mount’s aptitude and strength at all times.
Jockeys combine technical qualities with intellectual (tactical sense) and physical (what is described as having “good hands”) qualities. They have to respect the tactical instructions given by the trainer and try to implement them as much as possible in the race!
A very intense competitive rhythm
In one year a professional jockey can ride in several hundred races, while those in great demand can ride in more than 1,000 races whilst carrying the colours of many different owners. Their income depends on their finishingposition in a race. They are the only athletes who perform more or less on a daily basis.
A jockey’s talent is recognised all over the world
A jockey will ride in races all over France, as well as in Britain, Ireland, Australia, USA, Qatar, Dubai, the Emirates, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.... In fact, French jockeys are globally recognised for their exceptional talent, and are in constant demand at major racetracks and for the most prestigious races.
Their job carries serious risks, both on the Flat and over Jumps. In close cooperation with the Jockeys’ Association, France Galop works continuously to improve the jockey’s equipment (body protector, helmet and track installations), as well as the racecourse installations. It is their goal to reduce the enormous daily risks faced by jockeys and horses as much as possible.
THE “CRAVACHE D’OR”: THE MOST COVETED AWARD
Jockeys are incredibly competitive and engage in every race to the full... without losing sight of their annual goal: winning as many races as possible, and winning more than anyone else. Each year the jockey winning the most races is awarded the most coveted award: the “Cravache d’Or”.
AFASEC: RACING SCHOOLS, A YOUNG AND DYNAMIC DEPARTMENT
The racing school, through the AFASEC (Educational and Social Association of racing stables) runs these educational centres, which are universally renowned. These schools are located in Gouvieux, Mont de Marsan and Cabries, and offer tuition to all stable staff (work riders and apprentices).
A full employment sector
Each year, nearly 700 pupils, 60% of them girls, enrol on a course that will take them from CAPA (certificate of competence in agriculture), through to the BEPA (diploma of occupational studies in agriculture) or on to their A-levels. The course alternates between an apprenticeship and a traditional education. On leaving the racing school 100% of the pupils are found employment within the racing community.
IN THE MEDIA
L'Équipe, 13 May 2015
Sport et Style, October 2015
Le Journal du Dimanche, 4 October 2015
Le Figaro Magazine, 8 May 2015
FLAT RACING & JUMP RACING
THE TWO RACING DISCIPLINES
TWO TYPES OF RACING, FLAT AND JUMP RACING, ARE MANAGED BY FRANCE GALOP.
These races are run over distances varying from 800 to 4 000 metres. The so called “Classic distance” is 2 400 metres. Flat racing is dominated by the English Thoroughbred, but is also open to AQPS, which are horses other than Thoroughbreds, while Purebred Arabian racehorses have their own specific programme.
Each year, France Galop stages more than 5 000 races in its national fixture list. Among them are some of the most prestigious international races, such as the Prix de Diane Longines and the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
The start is very important in flat races. That is why most of the time flat horses start their race from starting stalls, which open automatically after the starter has given the signal.
These races are run over longer distances than flat racing; they vary between 2 500 metres and 7 300 metres. Each year, some 2 250 jump races, nearly one-third of the fixture list, are programmed in France Galop’s fixture list. In jump races, the way a horse jumps a hurdle or a fence defines its performance. Starting stalls are thus unimportant, which is why horses line up behind an elastic tape that stretches across the starting line. Jump racing is dominated by two different breeds: the English Thoroughbred and the AQPS (horses other than Thoroughbreds)
There are three types of jump races:
Hurdle races: the obstacles are all identical. They are 1.10 metres high and are designed to prepare horses for a future career in steeple-chase events.
Steeple-chase: the obstacles are different sizes and have different degrees of difficulty. They include a water jump, an open ditch, a wall, an oxer, etc...
Some obstacles will require the horse to clear distances 8 metres long, while some require horses to jump fences as tall as a human being. The real test comes when horses jump these obstacles at great speed.
Cross-country races: these races take place in different regions around France, over longer distances, and where the track is festooned with natural obstacles of varying technical difficulty.
THE 10 GOLDEN RULES
OF RACING AS DECREED BY THE RACING CODE
THE RULES OF RACING, TOGETHER WITH PENALTIES AND SANCTIONS FOR BREACHING THESE RULES, ARE OUTLINED IN THE RACING CODE. THE APPLICATION OF THIS CODE ACHIEVES CONSISTENCY IN FRENCH RACING.
THIS TEXT IS PUBLISHED BY THE FRANCE GALOP COMMITTEE AND IS APPROVED BY THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE. RACING STEWARDS ARE IN CHARGE OF ENSURING THAT RACING UNFOLDS ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD AND CAN REVIEW VIDEO FOOTAGE TOWARDS THAT END IF REQUIRED. RACING WAS IN FACT THE FIRST SPORT TO USE VIDEO FOOTAGE FOR ARBITRATION PURPOSES IN 1959!
01 OBTAINING FRANCE GALOP APPROVAL
France Galop issues owners’, trainers’ and jockeys’ licences to those who own, train and ride horses in races. It also verifies that the pedigree and identity of each horse meet the stipulations within the racing code.
02 FULFILLING THE RACE CONDITIONS
For a horse to be qualified to run in a flat or jump race, it has to meet the entry conditions of age, gender, breed, nationality, etc... as specified in the racing programme.
03 THE CORRECT WEIGHT
Jockeys are obliged to weigh-in at a minimum of 51 kilos for flat racing and 61 kilos for jump racing. The weight of their safety equipment, which they must wear during a race, is not included in the weighing process. The jockey is weighed before and after the race; on both occasions that weight must correspond.
04 RESPECT THE RACING PROTOCOL
Before each race, runners are presented to the public in the parade ring. They are led round and subsequently mounted by the jockey who will take them on to the track. After the race, only the first seven finishers will return to the parade ring.
05 GIVE YOUR HORSE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO WIN
The racing code stipulates that from start to finish, a jockey has to give his horse every chance of winning or obtaining the best possible placing. He has to ride the horse out until he reaches the winning post. However, in case of a fall, jockeys cannot remount to complete the race. A horse that passes the finishing post without its jockey is not placed!
06 DON’T CAUSE INTERFERENCE IN A RACE
Despite wanting to win, jockeys or horses are not allowed to cause interference. Once the race has started, jockeys have to hold their position for the first few metres of a race and must take care not to interfere with the other riders by changing direction.
07 USE THE WHIP WISELY
A jockey is not allowed to use the whip more than eight times during a race. Nor can they take a whip off a fellow jockey during a race!
08 KNOWING THE COURSE
Jockeys must familiarise themselves with the route they must take through a race. In fact, the lay-out of jump courses that take horses over differing terrain can be very complex.
09 WAIT FOR THE OFFICIAL RESULT OF THE RACE
After each race, the result is officially announced by the stewards. If necessary they may conduct an inquiry into incidents, claims or protests. Video footage will be available to help them reach their conclusions. They can also summon jockeys to provide explanations. All of this unfolds within a short time-frame, since impatient punters want to know whether they have won.
10 NO TO ANY KIND OF SUBSTANCE
There is zero-tolerance to medication on all racedays. No horse or jockey can be treated with drugs. About 12 000 veterinary samples are taken each year from horses, while the first five in a Quinté race are routinely tested. Samples are tested for the presence of any kind of prohibited substance in addition to those used to intentionally dope horses.
An exemplary policy
in the fight against doping
THE RACING CODE DOES NOT PERMIT THE USE OF ANY KIND OF MEDICATION ON RACEDAYS. IF A HORSE TESTS POSITIVE, IT WILL BE DISQUALIFIED AND ITS CONNECTIONS WILL LOSE THE ALLOCATED PRIZE-MONEY AND MIGHT BE SUBJECTED TO PENALTIES.
Resources allocated towards the fight against doping in French races exceed those of all the other combined sporting events in France:
- The FNCF (National Federation of French Racing) allocates an annual budget of 10 Million Euros for the fight against doping in French races, compared to the 9 Million Euros allocated by the AFLD (French Anti-Doping Agency, which is an independent public authority charged with ensuring that participants in sport in France do not violate doping rules)
- There are 3 times as many control samples are taken in races in France. About 30 000 tests a year are taken, compared to 11 000 tests carried out by the AFLD for all other sports in France.
Systematic testing in racing:
- 100% of winners of the 7 300 races are tested each year
- 11 272 samples (blood and urine) are taken from 77 757 runners each year, including:
- The first 5 home in a Quinté + race
- The first 3 home in a Group 1 race
- The first 2 home in a Group 2 race
- The winner of each of the other races
- And horses are tested at random
- Since 1995, a system of unannounced checks are made on horses in training in order to avoid wrongful medication, to prevent self-medication and to monitor the presence of banned substances. With more than 900 checks a year, France is among the countries that carries out the highest number of unannounced checks on horses in training.
TO RUN IN A RACE
THE ENTRY STIPULATIONS FOR A HORSE IN ANY RACE WILL ALWAYS INCLUDE THREE CRITERIA, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE STANDARD OF RACE:
- ACCORDING TO AGE: 2-YEAR-OLDS, 2-YEAR-OLDS AND UPWARDS, 3-YEAROLDS, 3-YEAR-OLDS AND UPWARDS, 4-YEAR-OLDS, 4-YEAR-OLDS AND UPWARDS AND 5-YEAR-OLDS AND UPWARDS...
- ACCORDING TO GENDER: MALE, FEMALE, GELDING.
- ACCORDING TO BREED: THOROUGHBRED, AQPS, PUREBRED ARABIAN, ANGLOARABIAN OR ALL HORSES.
FIVE RACING CATEGORIES:
They cater for the best horses. They showcase horses that will go on to an imminent stud career (stallions and mares). Atop the Pattern Race structure are Group 1 races, which establish the best racehorses around the globe. These races include events like the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the Prix du Jockey-Club, the Prix de Diane Longines and the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. Each year, 27 Group 1 flat races and 9 Group 1 jump races take place in France. Pattern races also embrace races of Group 2 and Group 3 calibre.
They are seen as a stepping-stone towards Group level. Like Group races, Listed races showcase horses that will go on to an imminent stud career. The list of Pattern races (Group and listed races) is approved each year by the European Pattern Committee. In sales catalogues, the names of Group and listed winners are accorded a bold typeface to denote their superior ability. Commonly referred to as “Black Type” races, they add to the value of any horse when it is sold.
Theoretically, every horse running in this type of race has an equal chance of winning. To achieve this goal, the France Galop handicapper will assign weight to each horse in accordance with their level of past performance. The weight, or the horse’s rating, is updated after each race.
They are events where horses must meet certain criteria to contest them. These are mainly linked to the horse’s race record and prize-money earnings. These races are categorised by letters, A signifying the most competitive, then B, D, E, F, G. The trainer’s objective is to progress their horse “backwards through the alphabet”. Other races can include conditions relating to the rider: races for young riders and apprentices, lady riders or amateur riders.
They are races where you can make an offer for any of the runners once the race is over. Offers, which must meet the minimum asking price requested by the vendor, or that stipulated by the race conditions, have to be made in writing straight after the race. The highest offer, provided it meets the minimum asking price, allows the purchaser to buy the horse in question.
OF THE FLAT RACING SEASON 2016
27 GROUP 1 FLAT RACES, GROUP STATUS AND PRIZE-MONEY
|Prix Ganay||300,000€||Sunday 1st May 2016||Saint-Cloud|
|Poule d’Essai des Pouliches||450,000€||Sunday 15 May 2016||Deauville|
|Poule d’Essai des Poulains||550,000€||Sunday 15 May 2016||Deauville|
|Pour Moi Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary||250,000€||Monday 16 May 2016||Deauville|
|Prix d’Ispahan||250,000€||Tuesday 24 May 2016||Chantilly|
|Prix du Jockey Club||1.5 million d'€||Sunday 5 June 2016||Chantilly|
|Prix de Diane Longines||1 million d’€||Sunday 19 June 2016||Chantilly|
|Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud||400,000€||Sunday 3rd July 2016||Saint-Cloud|
|Prix Jean Prat||400,000€||Sunday 10 July 2016||Chantilly|
|Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris||600,000€||Thursday 14 July 2016||Saint-Cloud|
|Deauville Lucien Barrière meeting|
|Prix Rothschild||300,000€||Sunday 31 July 2016||Deauville|
|LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest||400,000€||Sunday 7 August 2016||Deauville|
|Prix du Haras de Fresnay Le Buffard - Jacques Le Marois||600,000€||Sunday 14 August 2016||Deauville|
|Darley Prix Morny||350,000€||Sunday 21 August 2016||Deauville|
|Darley Prix Jean Romanet||250,000€||Sunday 21 August 2016||Deauville|
|Qatar Arc Trials|
|Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp||450,000€||Sunday 11 September 2016||Chantilly|
|Qatar Prix Vermeille||350,000€||Sunday 11 September 2016||Chantilly|
|Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe|
|Qatar Prix de la Forêt||300,000€||Sunday 2 October 2016||Chantilly|
|Qatar Prix du Cadran||300,000€||Sunday 2 October 2016||Chantilly|
|Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp||350,000€||Sunday 2 October 2016||Chantilly|
|Qatar prix de l’Arc de Triomphe||5 millions d’€||Sunday 2 October 2016||Chantilly|
|Al Hazm Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère||350,000€||Sunday 2 October 2016||Chantilly|
|Total Prix Marcel Boussac||300,000€||Sunday 2 October 2016||Chantilly|
|Prix de l’Opéra Longines||400,000€||Sunday 2 October 2016||Chantilly|
|Prix Royal Oak||250 000 €||Sunday 23 October 2016||Saint-Cloud|
|Critérium International||250 000 €||Sunday 30 October 2016||Saint-Cloud|
|Critérium de Saint-Cloud||250 000 €||Sunday 30 October 2016||Saint-Cloud|
The QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE
THE WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIP
• GROUP 1 FLAT RACE
• 1 ½ MILE
• 5 MILLION EUROS PRIZE-MONEY
|• Chantilly racecourse||• SATURDAY 1 AND SUNDAY 2 OCTOBER 2016|
THE QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT AND MOST ANTICIPATED MEETING OF THE SEASON! HAVING WON THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS EVENTS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES, THE BEST HORSES IN THE WORLD WILL CONTEST THE MOST COMPETITIVE RACE OF THE YEAR. THE WINNER IS CONSIDERED THE WORLD’S NUMBER 1.
The 2016 edition of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will relocate from Longchamp racecourse (which is currently undergoing reconstruction) and move to Chantilly.
The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is renowned all over the world. Over the course of two days, France Galop organises 17 high-class races. In 2015, more than 60 000 spectators filled the stands and 1 billion viewers around the world watched the race unfold.
The 2015 renewal of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was won by the Frankie Dettori-ridden Golden Horn. He beat the Christiane Head-Maarektrained French champion Trêve, who had won the 2013 and 2014 renewals and who was bidding to win the race for a record-breaking third time. Trêve was supported in her attempt by her own dedicated fan-club, Follow Trêve. The two horses certainly provided racing lovers with a rollercoaster ride of emotions!
During this equine summit the racing world gathers at Longchamp: owners from all over the world, exceptional horses and the most experienced jockeys.
For two days the spectacle unfolds at the racecourse, while spectators make the stands resonate with excitement. The most elegant spectators can win prizes when they enter the elegance contest known as “Beautiful Couples”.
A LONG-TERM SPONSORSHIP WITH THE QATAR RACING AND EQUESTRIAN CLUB
In 2008, the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) chose horseracing and France Galop for its first investment in the sport in France. It is a long-term partnership which extends to 2022. Founded in 1975, the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) is France Galop’s counterpart in Qatar. The QREC’s aim is to develop Purebred Arabian and English Thoroughbred racing in its country. Thanks to this partnership, the 5 Million Euros Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the world’s richest race run on turf today. The Qatar Arabian World Cup, one of the world’s most prestigious Purebred Arabian race, takes place on the same weekend.
A GLOBAL MEDIA EVENT
Each year, nearly 600 journalists from all over the world report on the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend. Japanese, Qataris, Americans, Australians, British, Spanish -and naturally French- all come to Longchamp to communicate the event to its one billion global fan base.
GREATER PUBLIC PROJECTION
In 2015, the Arc was transformed into a significant event within Paris, thanks to its organiser France Galop and its partner the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club and the Qatar Commmitee of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. It featured a comprehensive poster campaign, promotional videos, including one shown every night in Paris depicting champion Trêve’s training sessions, banner decorations in the Arc colours along the Champs-Elysées and an evening launch event for the Arc on the top of the Arc de Triomphe itself in the presence of the 2015 ambassador, actress Virginie Ledoyen.
The prix du Jockey Club
THE MOST IMPORTANT EUROPEAN DERBY!
• GROUP 1 FLAT RACE
• 1 M 2 ½ F
• 1.5 MILLION EUROS PRIZE-MONEY
|• Chantilly racecourse||• SUNDAY 5 JUNE 2016|
The Prix du Jockey-Club, inaugurated in 1836, is one of the highlights of the Flat racing season and the second-richest race of the year in France. At the end of 2 100 metres, it crowns the best three-year-old colt or filly each year. It is run at prestigious Chantilly racecourse and the winner will be expected to take on the world’s best thoroughbreds on the first weekend in October in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
A youth-fuelled 2015 edition!
The three-year-old colt New Bay and his young 22-year-old jockey Vincent Cheminaud lifted the 2015 renewal of the Prix du Jockey Club. Cheminaud was an unusual winner: he had started his career as a jump jockey and in 2014 had won the Grand Steeple Chase de Paris, the most challenging race of the year. He was then crowned champion jump jockey in 2014 and had only ridden on the flat for a few months before he won the Prix du Jockey Club.
The Prix du Jockey Club is a festival with speed and power as its themes. Not just on the track but also around the racecourse, where fabulous collector’s cars are on show for a competition.
Prix de Diane Longines
WHEN ELEGANCE RHYMES WITH SPORT
• GROUP 1 FLAT RACE
• 1 M 2 ½ F
• 1 MILLION €
|• Chantilly racecourse||• SUNDAY 19TH JUNE 2016|
Ladies have been the focus of racing attention at Chantilly for the Prix de Diane Longines since 1843! The main event of the day is open to threeyear-old fillies only, and they compete before the most elegant of elegant crowds.
In 2015, Frankie Dettori, regarded as one of the best jockeys in the world, delighted spectators with his signatory “Angel’s jump” in celebration of his victory aboard Star Of Seville.
A fabulous event
To spend a day at the Prix de Diane Longines at Chantilly is to enjoy a truly unique afternoon synonymous with an elegant picnic, a live concert like with Julien Dore in 2014, Lilly Wood & the Prix in 2015, and music after the races to dance the night away...
Prix de Diane Longines day is also renowned as the most elegant “Ladies’ Day” crowd anywhere.
Fashionistas with extraordinary hats rub shoulders with racing cognoscenti. Each year an elegance competition is organised by Longines to anoint the lady who best portrays the Miss Diane image.
JUDDMONTE GRAND PRIX DE PARIS
FG GARDEN PARTY / THE OTHER NATIONAL FESTIVAL!
• GROUP 1 FLAT RACE
• 1 ½ M
• 600,000 EUROS PRIZE-MONEY
|• Saint-Cloud racecourse||• THURSDAY, 14TH JULY 2016|
Come and celebrate the 14th of July at Saint-Cloud racecourse. On this national holiday, France Galop invites tourists and visitors to join the natives for a garden party with a twist that brings together prestigious races with an evening of dancing with a top class DJ!
This is a great opportunity to enjoy the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris, backed by the Juddmonte Farms breeding operation of the Saudi, Prince Khalid Abdullah, which is a major target for breeders, owners and trainers. In fact, for the first time in the French racing season, it offers threeyear-old colts and fillies the chance to contest a Group 1 race over 1 ½ m, in which their speed and stamina is tested.
In 2015, the race was run at Longchamp (which is now closed for reconstruction). It was won by the Stéphane Pasquier-partnered Erupt.
After racing, the DJ takes to the stage until well into the night!
THE DEAUVILLE LUCIEN BARRIÈRE MEETING
THE MOST COMPETITIVE SUMMER RACING!
• 150 FLAT RACES, INCLUDING SIX GROUP 1 RACES
• 7.5 MILLION EUROS PRIZE-MONEY
|• Deauville racecourse||• FROM SATURDAY 30 JULY TO WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST 2016|
Each year, major races take place at the Deauville-La-Touques racecourse during the Deauville Lucien Barrière meeting. During the entire month of August the racing community moves to its summer quarters at Deauville, on the Normandy coast, mixing holidays with the most intense sporting competition!
A month of competition
The racing programme for the month of August is very intense: there are 18 racing days, 150 races, 6 Group 1 races and nearly 2 000 runners. The Deauville Lucien Barrière Meeting is without doubt the most important sporting destination of the summer. It is a great opportunity to mingle with the biggest thoroughbred owners, European trainers and French Champion jockeys together with internationally accomplished jockeys.
At the end of August, breeders from the prestigious studs of Calvados and Orne, as well as from other areas, present their best produce for sale at Deauville’s famous yearling auction, where they can fetch prices of several million Euros!
Fun for the entire family
The Deauville Lucien Barrière Meeting is also synonymous with family holidays thanks to the diverse attractions at the Deauville-La-Touques racecourse. Spectators can learn how to enjoy racing and betting in the Fan Zone, they can discover Latin American culture on the day of the LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest, they can enter the most elegant Lady competition on Ladies Day and they can cheer home former champions who get back into the saddle for the Prix des Légendes, the Legend’s race. There are also many other surprises for spectators in store during the Meeting!
The inter-regional racing tour
A NEW CHALLENGE THROUGHOUT THE REGIONS
• FLAT RACING IN THE REGION
• FROM 27 MARCH TO 23 OCTOBER 2016
THE INTER-REGIONAL RACING TOUR, GTI, LAUNCHED IN 2013 BY FRANCE GALOP, ORGANISER OF FLAT AND JUMP RACING IN FRANCE, COMPRISES 13 LEGS SPREAD AROUND FRANCE WITH A FINAL AT SAINT-CLOUD.
BETTING AND A REINFORCED VISIBILITY
The goal of the Inter-Regional Racing Tour is twofold. During each leg of the GTI, three races previously limited to on-track betting are integrated into the PMU’s national racing programme. The GTI brings host racecourses significant exposure when the three races are broadcast on Equidia.
A SPORTING CHALLENGE
The other goal of the GTI is to create a new, exciting competition. For that reason, prizemoney for the feature race on the day has been increased to 18 000 Euros. These races include handicap flat races, run over distances between 2 000 and 2 600 metres, and open to four-yearolds and older horses with a maximum handicap rating of 32. Also, throughout the Challenge, rankings for GTI owners, trainers, horses and jockeys are established by a points system. The winner of each race gets 5 points, the second 4 points, the third 3 points, the fourth 2 points and the fifth 1 point.
|DIMANCHE 27/03||MACHECOUL (OUEST)||JEUDI 14/07||SENONNES (ANJOU-MAINE)|
|DIMANCHE 03/04||ANGOULÊME (SUD-OUEST)||DIMANCHE 14/08||POMPADOUR (SUD-OUEST)|
|DIMANCHE 01/05||WISSEMBOURG (EST)||DIMANCHE 28/08||LE TOUQUET (NORD)|
|DIMANCHE 15/05||LIGNIÈRES (CENTRE-EST)||DIMANCHE 11/09||SABLÉ SUR SARTHE (ANJOU-MAINE)|
|DIMANCHE 05/06||DURTAL (ANJOU-MAINE)||DIMANCHE 25/09||ÉVREUX (HAUTE-NORMANDIE)|
|DIMANCHE 26/06||MORLAIX (OUEST)||DIMANCHE 02/10||NÎMES (SUD-EST)|
|DIMANCHE 10/07||VITTEL (EST)||FINALE DU GTI||DIMANCHE 23/10 À SAINT-CLOUD|
OF THE 2016 JUMP SEASON
9 GRADE 1 JUMP RACES, THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF RACING AND PRIZE-MONEY
|Weekend du Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris|
|Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris||850,000€||Sunday 22 May 2016||Auteuil|
|Prix Ferdinand Dufaure||350,000€||Sunday 22 May 2016||Auteuil|
|Prix Alain du Breil||270,000€||Sunday 12 June 2016||Auteuil|
|Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil||370,000€||Sunday 12 June 2016||Auteuil|
|Weekend des 48 Heures de l’Obstacle|
|Grand Prix d’Automne||370,000€||Saturday 5 November 2016||Auteuil|
|Prix Cambacérès||270,000€||Sunday 6 November 2016||Auteuil|
|Prix La Haye Jousselin||550,000€||Sunday 6 November 2016||Auteuil|
|Prix Maurice Gillois||350,000€||Sunday 6 November 2016||Auteuil|
|Prix Renaud du Vivier||270,000€||Sunday 13 November 2016||Auteuil|
GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE DE PARIS
THE MOST LEGENDARY RACE OF THE YEAR!
• GROUP 1 JUMP RACE
|• AUTUEIL RACECOURSE||• SATURDAY 21 AND SUNDAY 22 MAY 2016|
OVER TWO DAYS, THE AUTEUIL RACECOURSE HOSTS A VARIETY OF THE BEST JUMP RACES, INCLUDING THE GRAND STEEPLECHASE DE PARIS, WHICH LENDS ITS NAME TO A SPECTACULAR WEEKEND OF EXTREME SPORT.
The Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris is the most visually arresting race in the jump calendar. The best horses and the most experienced jockeys will cover 6 000 metres, which is the longest chase run at Auteuil. Runners must clear 23 obstacles of varying degrees of difficulty. After such a remarkable effort, the winner is well-deserving of his prize. With prize-money totalling 850,000Euros, it is the richest race in the Jumps calendar in France.
After taming this truly difficult course, the winner is generously acclaimed by a 30 000-strong crowd which annually attends the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. In 2015, this exceptional race was won by Jacques Ricou, one of the most experienced jockeys, aboard the very impressive Milord Thomas.
Spectators can follow the jockeys’ ranking (based on their victories) during the weekend and can examine the big fences for themselves, since identical replicas will be placed all around the avenues at the Auteuil racecourse. Numerous other attractions can be enjoyed by the entire family.
Thanks to Milord Thomas, jockey Jacques Ricou could celebrate his first victory in the Grand Steeple Chase de Paris.
48 HOURS OF JUMPING
TWO DAYS OF EXTREME SPORT!
• 15 JUMP RACES, INCLUDING 4 GROUP 1 RACES
|• AUTEUIL RACECOURSE||• SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER AND SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2016|
C’EST LE FESTIVAL D’AUTOMNE DE L’OBSTACLE ET LA REVANCHE DU GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE DE PARIS.
The 48 Hours Jump Festival showcases two days of the highest quality jump racing has to offer. It features 15 jump races of rare intensity: 8 of them over hurdles and 7 over steeplechase fences. It is also an outing for the entire family!
This 48-hour jamboree goes hand in hand with the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. It is a true jump racing festival, thanks to a programme that covers the entire spectrum of this demanding sport.
The highest level of jump racing
This weekend at Auteuil showcases an exceptional card of 4 Group 1 races, which is the highest level in racing: The Grand Prix d’Automne is run on Saturday, while the Prix Maurice Gillois, the Prix Cambacérès and the Prix la Haye Jousselin are run on Sunday. The last-named, a steeplechase over 5 500 metres, is the weekend’s highlight. It is open to five-year-olds and up, and allows champions that were successful in the spring - notably in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris - to endorse their reputations among the jumping elite worldwide. In 2015, Milord Thomas and his jockey, Jacques Ricou, once more took the honours in this prestigious race.
Attractions for everyone
Families can enjoy the many attractions in the Fan Zone, where they can ask the dedicated team about jump racing, while the younger generation can acquaint itself with racing and jumping through pony riding. Spectators delight in watching the Grand Steeple-Chase Junior, a pony race for aspiring little jockeys.
FINALLY, SUNDAYS LIKE NO OTHER!
• SUNDAY 27 MARCH, SUNDAY 3 APRIL AND SUNDAY 17 APRIL 2016
EVERY SPRING, WHEN PARISIAN RACECOURSES REOPEN THEIR DOORS AFTER THE WINTER BREAK, YOUNG AND OLD ARE INVITED TO SPEND A DAY AT THE RACES AND TO ENJOY THE MANY, VARIED ACTIVITIES ON THE RACECOURSE.
Something for everyone
There is horseracing, a horseback stunt spectacle on the track, treasure hunts with clues hidden on the racecourse, pony riding, an introduction to horserace betting, visits to the weighing room and stable areas, a simulator that replicates what jockeys feel when riding in a race...
These designated Sundays are an original way of learning more about racing and having fun at the same time!
DES HIPPODROMES ET CENTRES D’ENTRAÎNEMENT DE FRANCE GALOP
FRENCH SHRINE TO JUMP RACING
Set in 33 acres of greenery, Auteuil racecourse is situated on the outskirts of Paris and is dedicated to jump racing, the most breathtaking of disciplines in the racing world. Its track is renowned all over the world, thanks to iconic obstacles such as the “rail ditch and fence”, also known as the “justice of the peace”. This obstacle is legendary because of its impressive dimensions: it stands 1.6 metres high and is more than four metres wide. As for the Rivière des Tribunes, the water jump in front of the stands, it requires a jump 8 metres long to clear it!
It is no wonder the racing programme at Auteuil is fundamental to the process of identifying the best French horses while showcasing the quality of breeding, whether thoroughbreds or AQPS (French Half Breds).
RACECOURSE EXCLUSIVE TO JUMP RACING
- Surface area: 33 acres, including 18 acres of tracks.
- Hurdle track of 2,418 metres.
- 9 separate courses between 3,000 and 5,100 metres.
- Two steeplechase tracks
- 16 courses between 3,400 and 6,000 metres.
- A figure-of-eight track. Multiple fences: bull-finch, double barrier, oxer, small, medium and big open-ditch, rail ditch and fence, stone wall, waterjumps in front of the stands and in the figure-ofeight, bank, brook.
39 DAYS OF JUMP RACING
Race meetings not to be missed in 2016:
- Prix du Président de la République (17 April 2016)
- Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris Weekend (21-22 May 2016)
- Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil and Prix Alain du Breil (12 June 2016)
- 48 Hours Jump festival (5-6 November 2016) including the Grand Prix d’Automne, the Prix Cambaceres, the Prix Maurice Gillois Grand Steeple-Chase des 4 ans and the Prix La Haye Jousselin
- Prix Léon Olry-Roederer (19 November 2016)
- Prix Georges Courtois (27 November 2016)
A CHARMING SETTING IN THE HEART OF THE CHANTILLY FOREST
Since its inauguration in 1834, Chantilly racecourse has been one of France’s racing cradles. A historic site blessed by tradition and elegance, it lies below the Chateau and the Prince du Condé stables. Visitors can enjoy the special atmosphere on race days like the Prix du Jockey-Club and the Prix de Diane Longines. In a festive atmosphere, both of these events crown racing’s most promising champions.
2016 will be a unique year for Chantilly, since a number of races usually run at Longchamp have been transferred there due to the refurbishment of Longchamp racecourse. In fact, the prestigious Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the World Championship for Thoroughbreds, will be held at Chantilly in 2016!
RACECOURSE DEDICATED EXCLUSIVELY TO FLAT RACING
- Surface area: 65 acres.
- Large track 2,400 metres (final straight: rises 10 metres over 600 metres, tracks of 1,600 to 4,800 metres).
- Straight track: 1,200 metres (courses of 1,000 to 1,200 metres).
- Round track: courses between 1,400 and 4,200 metres.
- All-weather fibretrack: 1,900 metres with a 550-metre straight (courses between 1,300 and 3,000 metres).
Race meetings not to be missed in 2016:
- Prix du Jockey-Club (5 June 2016)
- Prix de Diane Longines (19 June 2016)
- Prix Jean Prat (10 July 2016)
- Arc Trials, prep races for the Arc (11 September 2016)
- Weekend of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (1-2 October 2016)
- Prix du Conseil de Paris (Sunday 16 October 2016)
A FABULOUS VISTA OF RACING
From high above, Saint-Cloud racecourse proudly dominates the Western outskirts of Paris. This privileged site offers the most fantastic panoramic view over the racecourse and the city of Paris. It allows spectators to savour every moment of a race in all its glory, and lends racing a totally different perspective. Many racing aficionados appreciate the particularity of this racecourse, since the turns are left-handed.
It is also a very friendly racecourse as it has a very large green area, known as the beach. On sunny days, spectators enjoy not just the races but their get-togethers for beautiful picnics.
Because of the ongoing refurbishment of Longchamp, Saint-Cloud racecourse will host the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris and the 14th of July celebrations that are associated with this race meeting, which go on well into the night!
RACECOURSE EXCLUSIVE DEDICATED TO FLAT RACING
- Surface area: 75 acres, including 20 acres of tracks.
- A 2,300-metre track.
- 15 different starts (800 to 3,100 metres)
- Final straight: 500 metres on a slight incline
Race meetings not to be missed in 2016:
- Prix du Muguet (1 May 2016)
- Prix Ganay (1 May 2016)
- Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (3 July 2016)
- Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (14 July 2016)
- Prix Royal-Oak (23 October 2016)
- Critérium International (30 October 2016)
- Critérium de Saint-Cloud (30 October 2016)
THE LONGEST STRAIGHT IN EUROPE
Situated on the banks of the River Seine, Maisons-Laffitte boasts a 2 000-metre straight, making it the longest straight course in Europe (together with Newmarket in Great Britain).
Every year, this racecourse celebrates the arrival of summer with a picnic on the lawns that is muchloved by families. 250 amateur artists participate in a painting competition honouring the impressionists.
Known as the “city of the horse”, Maisons-Laffitte has one of the biggest training centres in Europe, managed by France Galop, which offers a wide range of features dedicated to the training of jump horses.
RACECOURSE DEDICATED EXCLUSIVELY TO FLAT RACING
(right and left-handed turns)
- Surface area: 92 acres
- Right-handed track: 1,600 to 3,200 metres.
- Left-handed track: 1,400 to 3,100 metres.
- Straight track: 2,000 metres, the longest in Europe
- 36 different starts. Medium right-handed track:
29 RACE MEETINGS
Race meetings not to be missed in 2016:
- Prix du Palais Royal (4 June 2016)
- Picnic on the lawns (17 July 2016)
- Prix Eugène Adam (17 July 2016)
- Prix Robert Papin (24 July 2016)
- Prix du Prince d’Orange (17 September 2016)
- Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte (14 October 2016)
AN INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE FOR FRENCH RACING FOR OVER 150 YEARS
Deauville racecourse is located in the heart of the town centre, and in a region where the horse is king. Managed by France Galop, Deauville-la-Touques racecourse, which is situated in the centre of town, was inaugurated 150 years ago even before the church was built! There is not a horselover or holiday-maker who doesn’t appreciate a racecourse that was built in traditional Normandy style.
Thanks to its two tracks, one turf and one fibresand, racing takes place at here all year round. It is often called the four-seasons racecourse!
Every year during August, European champions gravitate here for the Deauville Lucien Barrière meeting, which is renowned for its racing programme of the highest level.
A special feature of this racecourse is the training centre situated in the middle of its tracks, where a number of horses are trained all year round.
RACECOURSE DEDICATED EXCLUSIVELY TO FLAT RACING
- Surface area: 75 acres, including 20 acres of tracks, situated on the banks of the Touques.
- Round exterior track: 2,200 metres, right-handed.
- Interior round track: 2,100 metres, right-handed, PSF (all-weather) track.
- 1 straight: 1,600 metres.
- Training centre in the middle of the racecourse, where 300 horses are trained all year round. The number of horses in training increases to 600 in August.
44 RACE MEETINGS
Races meetings not to be missed in 2016:
- Poules d’Essai (15 May 2016)
- Prix Saint-Alary (16 May 2016)
- Prix Rothschild (31 July 2016)
- LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest (7 August 2016)
- Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard – Jacques le Marois (14 August 2016)
- Darley Prix Morny (21 August 2016)
- Darley Prix Jean Romanet (21 August 2016)
- Lucien Barrière Grand Prix de Deauville (28 August 2016)
A NEW RACECOURSE THAT WILL SHOWCASE RACING EXCELLENCE
Closed for refurbishment!
Longchamp racecourse, a shrine to flat racing and famous around the world for the quality of its racing surface, is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment. The New Longchamp is backed by strong ambition and a desire to give French racing a modern and competitive racecourse that meets the expectations of professionals, owners and a new generation of racing fans.
At the insistence of France Galop, the organiser of racing in France, this refurbishment with its cuttingedge new usages and digital technologies will strengthen Longchamp’s international influence.
From a range of options France Galop chose Dominique Perrault’s original architectural design, which is in harmony with the nature and history of the racecourse. The New Longchamp, a showcase of racing excellence and national flagship of French racing, will play a major role within the sports and leisure industry.
Follow all news about Nouveau Longchamp on : www.nouveaulongchamp.com
RACECOURSE EXCLUSIVELY DEDICATED TO FLAT RACING
- Surface area: 55.5 acres, including 17 acres of tracks between the River Seine and the Bois de Boulogne.
- 4 tracks, including a small one with a 1,000-metre straight, a medium and a large one which features a long and steady rise, a drop, and a final straight.
- Race distances vary between 1,000 to 4,000 metres and there are 46 different starting points. When the second winning post is used, the straight is 650 metres in length.
France Galop is in charge of three training centres in France: Chantilly, Maisons-Laffitte and Deauville.
The majority of horses that run on Parisian racecourses are trained in Chantilly, one of the most important training centres in Europe; in Maisons-Laffitte, mainly dedicated to the training of Jump horses; and at Deauville, located in the heart of an important thoroughbred breeding region.
Apart from these centres managed by France Galop, France has many other regional training centres, the main ones being Pau and La Teste (Aquitaine), Cabriès (Provence Alpes Côted’Azur), Senonnes (Loire region) and Chazey-sur-Ain (Rhône-Alpes).
In total, nearly 10 500 racehorses are trained in France.
CHANTILLY TRAINING CENTRE
THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAINING CENTRE IN EUROPE
France Galop runs the training centre at Chantilly, which was established in the 19th century. Situated close to Chantilly racecourse, it is one of the biggest training centres in the world, dedicated exclusively to nearly 2 500 racehorses that are trained there all year round. The centre embraces over 2 000 hectares of Chantilly forest. There are several tracks, including the majestic “Piste des Lions” (Lion track), which is renowned for its 4km of straight track on a slight incline that links the Chantilly chateau with Lamorlaye via the forest. The Chantilly training track has a surface of silica sand, which is particularly suited to training racehorses.
Over the course of time, wide avenues through the forest have been cleared for hunting. There are 120 kilometres of such clearings and they are used in early mornings by horses stabled with 110 trainers in the area. In addition, Chantilly also has 120 hectares of turf tracks and six fibresand (PSF) tracks. The latter allow horses to be trained throughout the season, in snow and ice, and when temperatures drop below zero, when turf tracks can no longer be used. Thoroughbreds can thus be trained every day of the year.
MAISONS-LAFFITTE TRAINING CENTRE
THE MOST VERSATILE TRAINING CENTRE
With about 600 horses on site, the Maisons Laffitte training centre is one of Europe’s largest training centres. It has a beautiful equine environment, ideal for both flat and jump horses.
France Galop manages and maintains a wide variety of tracks dedicated to training racehorses:
- For speed training and flat racing: 10 km of sand tracks exclusively dedicated to cantering, 30 km of sand tracks for trotting and walking, 20 km of turf tracks, 1.5 km of fibresand tracks (PSF)
- For jump racing: 5 km of sand tracks, 8 km of turf tracks, 111 obstacles
There are many different tracks, from the “Laffitte” and “Lamballes” straight tracks over 1,800 metres, to the “Boileau” and “Poniatowski” round tracks and the “Rond de l’Epine”, a circular sand track lined with 19 obstacles, including hurdles of two different sizes (95cm and 105cm) and a row of fences.
The “Rond Adam” offers several different training tracks, including a circular training track featuring a brook, hurdle, bank, bull-finch and wall. It also allows for a combination of different approaches.
The “Penthièvres” tracks cover 10 acres and feature a straight line of hurdles, two straight tracks lined by fences and two grass gallops to train on the flat. They are complemented by the “Fromainville” tracks, which include six circular flat tracks, a track with hurdles and another with fences.
DEAUVILLE TRAINING CENTRE
SITED IN THE CENTRE OF THIS SPA TOWN, JUST A FEW STRIDES FROM THE SEA
The Deauville training centre is totally integrated within Deauville-La-Touques racecourse. Built in harmony with Normandy’s architectural style, the site was opened in 1983.
France Galop makes boxes available to trainers in the heart of this spa town. As soon as the sun rises, horses start training on tracks situated in the middle of the racecourse.
Horses stabled in the training centre become accustomed to crossing town to reach the long sandy beach, where they can stretch their legs and work their muscles in the sea.
In August, during the Deauville Meeting Lucien Barriere, the horse population stabled in Deauville doubles from 300 to 600 horses.
As for its infrastructure, there are several training tracks:
- For the Flat:
- Three 2,000-metre sand tracks, including one reserved for trotting and two for galloping
- One 2,000-metre grass gallop within a 5-acre plot
- For the Jumps:
- A gallop that features mobile hurdles
- A passage with fences
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