The French racing industry is an international benchmark. Racehorses born and bred at our studs are successful at the highest level in France, as well as abroad. The three-year-old generation, spear-headed by Almanzor, a pure French product and acknowledged as Europe's best racehorse at the end of January, following his amazing performances in 2016 in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly, as well as in the Champion Stakes, is but one example.
Owners all over the world buy French products. New records set at French auctions both prove and demonstrate the growing attractiveness of horses bred on our soil. It is, by the way, one of France Galop's missions to encourage the breeding and training of racehorses by paying out premiums and attractive prize-money. This industry generates thousands of jobs all over the country.
Yet within an increasingly fierce competitive environment, horseracing must create new traction to attract a younger and also more female public. The intensity of the action has to last beyond a day at the racecourse by making use of the latest digital services. The main events always deliver an unforgettable sporting experience in a haven of greenery, thanks to the incredible spectacle provided by powerful horses and the extraordinary skills of their jockeys. From 2018 onwards, the public will be able to take advantage of the re-opening of Longchamp, completely modernised and dedicated to a new way of making the pleasure of a day at the races even more intense.
The objective of this audacious strategy is to reinvigorate betting, on which the industry's revenue depends. For instance, it was important to develop the programme in order to increase the number of runners per race to boost the betting public's interest whilst maintaining the sporting objectives of the programme, which always have and always will be there to ensure the process of competitive selection.
Horseracing is not part of an exit strategy! Horseracing has strong ambitions. All those involved in the industry, among them breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys and employees, have one goal: integrate racing within the community. Racing is part of our culture, past, present and future.
for horseracing in France
FRANCE GALOP IS AN ASSOCIATION THAT RUNS AND IS IN CHARGE OF 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 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 7,200 Flat and Jump races, which are staged on 149 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.
The gallop's major events in 2017
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 revenue from horseracing bets on French Flat or 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 outside racecourses. 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 now, since legislation was passed to open up the betting market on 12 May 2010, by internet sites officially approved by Arjel, the Online Gambling Regulatory Authority.
After the pay-out of the successful punter, the deduction of the State tax and once the difference between the revenues and the costs of the GIE has been established, racing companies dispose of net financial resources, supplemented by a licence-fee on online betting of all approved 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 423 Million Euros in 2017 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 2017, 281.6 Million Euros, the same sum as for the last two years, 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 7,200 annual races run on 149 racecourses all over France, as well as the management of 6 racecourses and 3 training centres in its portfolio. In total, 435 employees work at the headquarters or on France Galop sites.
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 the modernisation and development
Louis ROMANET, Advisor to the President
Thierry GILLET, Representative of the Jockeys' Association
France Galop General
FRANCE GALOP COMMITTEE
INCLUDING 28 ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
AND 20 ASSOCIATE PARTNERS:
2 PRESIDENTS OF TOP 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
2016 SAW THE CREATION OF A WORKING GROUP DEDICATED TO
AMBASSADOR: ELIZABETH DOUMEN
Equine Welfare is the principle concern of France Galop and the people who work in the horseracing industry. In 2016, France Galop created a working group, dedicated exclusively to equine welfare, with the aim of coordinating and maximising the different strategies and measures already in place, as well as developing new initiatives.
Elizabeth Doumen, owner and breeder of racehorses, wife of an internationally renowned trainer, mother of a jump jockey and involved in the association "Au-Delà Des Pistes", kindly accepted France Galop's invitation to become its Ambassador.
In her mission to improve equine welfare, she is assisted by representatives from different sectors within France Galop whose main concern is the well-being of the horse. Their aim is to develop new strategies and to redouble efforts. Elizabeth Doumen explains: "The well-being of horses is a subject of common interest, not just in France, but on a global level. All of the people must act, as well as the many institutions who are united in their shared passion. Our mission and our responsibility is to be with our horses during their time on the racecourses and also when their initial racing career has come to an end, when they go into breeding or when they convert to participating in other activities and other sports."
For years, France Galop has been increasing its efforts at the racecourses and training centres in order to reduce the risks of accidents, and to aid the recovery and care of horses following racing or exercising.
The France Galop-managed sites often serve as a testing ground for these good practices, which are then extended to other racecourses in France. Also, the France Galop racing code that regulates French racing is particularly respectful of the horse and has been a pioneer in the fight against doping of racehorses at the races, in training or during time of rest.
During the Agricultural exposition in March 2016, the main players in the equine industry, including France Galop, LeTROT, the National Federation of the Horse, the French Equestrian Federation, the group Hippique National and the French Association of Equine Veterinarians, signed the charter of equine well-being focusing on strong measures on the FNSEA stand. On that occasion, Edouard de Rothschild, President of France Galop, declared: "It is very important that France Galop signs this charter, because respecting the horse is at the heart of its concerns."
France Galop is actively promoting the retraining of racehorses to participate in other equine disciplines. Strategies have been in place since 2007 in partnership with the Ligue Française de Protection du Cheval (The French league of the protection of the horse), as well as with Second Chance stable and more recently with Au-delà Des Pistes (ADDP).
In partnership with this Association, and after a proposal by Edouard de Rothschild, France Galop organised the first Day of retraining the racehorse on Saturday, 27th August 2016 at Deauville-La-Touques racecourse during the prestigious Deauville - Lucien Barrière meeting. Between races, former racehorses that are now active in other spheres were shown to the public.
Godolphin Racing Staff Trophies 2016
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 the owner is approved, the owner 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.
Become the owner of a racehorse
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 the authorisation by France Galop, he can run the horse in his colours, 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 expenditures and 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 €.
For more information and an introduction to the 40 active Racing Clubs please go to guidedesproprietaires.com
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. 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.
THE DIFFERENT COLOURS
SCHEMES OF 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 2016 at Chantilly racecourse, now stands at 2 minutes 23.61 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 thanks to the distribution of breeder premiums.
The 4 different breeds
of a racehorse
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). "Intermediate distance" 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 program 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 DAILY TRAINING EXERCISES 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 into". 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 the peak of its career at 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 6, 7 and 8).
THE FIVE IMPORTANT YEARS IN THE LIFE OF A RACEHORSE ARE KNOWN 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: 5-year-olds and older
- Stallion, broodmare: when a horse is at stud for breeding purposes
Galop Horses Coach
JOCKEYS ARE FABULOUS ATHLETES AND REMARKABLE STRATEGISTS.
Jockeys 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!
Jockeys also must comply with weight restrictions: between 54 and 56 kilos on average in Flat racing, with a minimum weight of 51 kilos; between 64 and 66 kilos on average in jump racing, with a minimum weight of 61 kilos.
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 1500 races, whilst carrying the colours of many different owners. Their revenue depends on where they finish in a race.
A jockey's talent is recognised all over the world
A jockey will ride 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.
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).
Each year, nearly 700 pupils, including 60% girls, begin a course that will take them from CAPA (certificate of competence in agriculture), to the BEPA (diploma of occupational studies in agriculture) or to A-level. Their course alternates, through either an apprenticeship or the traditional education. On leaving the racing school 100% of the pupils are found employment within the racing community.
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". In 2016, Pierre-Charles Boudot wrote his name into the history books when he established a new European record by riding 300 winners in one season!
PAULINE DOMINOIS WINS THE FIRST QUINTÉ OPEN TO FEMALE JOCKEYS ONLY!
For the first time in the history of horseracing, on Sunday, 23rd October 2016 at Saint-Cloud racecourse, the Quinté, which is the feature race on the card, was open to female jockeys only. And it was twenty-three-year-old Pauline Dominois who won the Grand Prix des Femmes Jockeys.
Over the course of the season, and on the same terms, female jockeys compete with their male counterparts. Horseraces are one of the few sports where men and women compete against each other.
New in 2017
From the 1st of March 2017, women jockeys will receive a 2 kilos allowance in races both on the Flat and over jumps.
The jockeys: Mannequin challenge
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 4,100 metres. The so called "Classic distance" is 2,400 metres. Flat racing is dominated by the English Thoroughbred, but is also open to AQPS, horses other than Thoroughbreds, while the Purebred Arabian racehorses have their own specific programme.
Each year, France Galop has more than 5000 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 3,000 metres and 7,300 metres, whilst the iconic Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris is run over 6,000 metres. Each year, some 2,200 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 is the define 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 steeplechase events.
Steeple-chase: the obstacles are different sizes and have different degrees of difficulties. 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. Some obstacles actually require horses to jump downhill.
THE 10 GOLDEN RULES
OF RACING AS DECREED BY THE RACING CODE
THE RULES OF RACING, TOGETHER WITH PENALTIES AND SANCTIONS FOR THEIR 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 weighin at a minimum of 51 kilos for Flat racing and 61 kilos for Jump racing. The weight of their safety equipment, which they have to 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
From 1st February 2017, a jockey is not allowed to use the whip more than six 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 ALLOW 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 in the fight against doping in French races exceed those of all the other sporting events that take place 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 8,5 Million Euros allocated by the AFLD (French Anti-Doping Agency, which is an independent public authority in charge with ensuring that participants in sports in France do not violate rules regarding doping)
- There are three times more control tests taken in races. About 30 000 tests a year, compared to 10 200 tests carried out by the AFLD within 66 other sports in France.
Systematic testing in racing:
- 100% of winners are tested of 7300 races each year
- 11.272 samples (blood and urine) are taken of 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 has been in place regarding horses in training, in order to avoid wrongful medication, to prevent self-medication and to control the absence of banned substances. With more than 900 checks a year, France is one of the countries that carries out the most unannounced checks of horses in training.
A DIVERSE RACING
THE ENTRY STIPULATIONS FOR A HORSE IN ANY RACE WILL ALWAYS INCLUDE THREE CRITERIA, IRRESPECTIVE OF THE STANDARD OF RACE: AGE, GENDER AND THE RACE ITSELF.
FIVE RACING CATEGORIES:
GROUP 1, 2 AND 3 RACES
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 the weight according to the horse's past performance. The weight or its 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. From 2017 onwards, there will be races confined to horses of specific ages. Races for young horses (aged 2 to 3 years old) will be divided into the following categories:
- Races for unraced horses: horses that have never run before
- Races for maiden horses: horses that have never won a race before
- Class 2 races: for horses that have won once
- Class 1 races: for horses that may have won several times already
For older horses (aged four years and beyond), races will be identified by letters, A signifying the most competitive, then B, D, E and F. The structure of the programme represents a pyramid: it obliges horses that have won in one category to progress to the next level.
OF THE FLAT RACING SEASON 2017
27 GROUP 1 FLAT RACES IN 2017, GROUP STATUS AND PRIZE-MONEY
|Prix Ganay||300,000€||Monday, May 1st, 2017||Saint-Cloud|
|Poule d’Essai des Pouliches||450,000€||Saturday, May 13, 2017||Deauville|
|Poule d’Essai des Poulains||550,000€||Sunday, May 14, 2017||Deauville|
|Pour Moi Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary||250,000€||Sunday, May 14, 2017||Deauville|
|Prix d’Ispahan||250,000€||Sunday, May 28, 2017||Chantilly|
|Prix du Jockey Club||1.5 million d'€||Sunday, June 4, 2017||Chantilly|
|Prix de Diane Longines||1 million d’€||Sunday, June 18, 2017||Chantilly|
|Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud||400,000€||Sunday, June 18, 2017||Saint-Cloud|
|Prix Jean Prat||400,000€||Sunday, July 9, 2017||Chantilly|
|Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris||600,000€||Friday, July 14, 2017||Saint-Cloud|
|Deauville Lucien Barrière meeting|
|Prix Rothschild||300,000€||Sunday, July 30, 2017||Deauville|
|LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest||400,000€||Sunday, August 6, 2017||Deauville|
|Prix du Haras de Fresnay Le Buffard - Jacques Le Marois||600,000€||Sunday, August 13, 2017||Deauville|
|Darley Prix Morny||350,000€||Sunday, August 20,2017||Deauville|
|Darley Prix Jean Romanet||250,000€||Sunday, August 20, 2017||Deauville|
|Qatar Arc Trials|
|Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp||450,000€||Sunday, September 10, 2017||Chantilly|
|Qatar Prix Vermeille||350,000€||Sunday, September 10, 2017||Chantilly|
|Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe|
|Qatar Prix de la Forêt||300,000€||Sunday, October 1, 2017||Chantilly|
|Qatar Prix du Cadran||300,000€||Saturday, September 30, 2017||Chantilly|
|Qatar Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp||350,000€||Sunday, October 1, 2017||Chantilly|
|Qatar prix de l’Arc de Triomphe||5 millions d’€||Sunday, October 1, 2017||Chantilly|
|Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère Al Hazm||350,000€||Sunday, October 1, 2017||Chantilly|
|Total Prix Marcel Boussac||300,000€||Sunday, October 1, 2017||Chantilly|
|Prix de l’Opéra Longines||400,000€||Sunday, October 1, 2017||Chantilly|
|Prix Royal Oak||250,000€||Sunday, October 22, 2017||Saint-Cloud|
|Critérium International||250,000€||Sunday, October 29, 2017||Saint-Cloud|
|Critérium de Saint-Cloud||250,000€||Sunday, October 29, 2017||Saint-Cloud|
THE CIRCUIT OF THE BEST RACES IN FRANCE!
EPIQE SERIES, IS A SERIES OF 100% SPORT! LAUNCHED IN 2016, EPIQE SERIES IS THE COMBINATION OF THE 14 BEST HORSE RACES IN FRANCE, BOTH FLAT AND TROTTING.
From May to October, seven main events take place at France's most beautiful racecourses. These events are broadcast by LCI, which is Group TF1's dedicated 24-hour news channel.
The objective is the Arc!
Stage after stage, this new competition signposts the best horses towards the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe that will crown the world's best racehorse!
The EPIQE SERIES starts on Sunday, 14th May at Deauville with the Poules d'Essai des Poulains.
An important development in 2017: two major jump meetings are added to the EPIQE universe: The Grand Steeple Chase de Paris weekend and the 48 hours of jumping weekend in the autumn.
THE 2017 EPIQE SERIES CALENDAR:
|EPIQE SERIES Flat racing stages||Dates||Racecourses|
|Poules d'Essai||May 2017||Deauville|
|Prix du Jockey Club||Sunday, June 4, 2017||Chantilly|
|Prix de Diane Longines||Sunday, June 18, 2017||Chantilly|
|Deauville Lucien Barrière meeting||August 2017||Deauville|
|Arc Trials||Sunday, September 10, 2017||Chantilly|
|Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe||Sunday, October 1, 2017||Chantilly|
Discover the EpiqE Series
The QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE
THE WORLD CUP FOR THOROUGHBREDS
• GROUP 1 FLAT RACE
• 1 ½ MILE
• 5 MILLION EUROS PRIZE-MONEY
|• CHANTILLY RACECOURSE||• SATURDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER AND SUNDAY, 1ST OCTOBER 2017|
THE QATAR PRIX DE L'ARC DE TRIOMPHE IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE FLAT SEASON AND THE FINAL OF THE EPIQE SERIES! AFTER HAVING WON THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS EVENTS IN THEIR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES, THE BEST HORSES IN THE WORLD WILL COMPETE IN THE MOST COMPETITIVE RACE OF THE YEAR. THE WINNER IS CONSIDERED THE WORLD'S NUMBER 1.
For only two years, in 2016 and again in 2017, the Arc leaves Longchamp racecourse (which is currently undergoing reconstruction) and moves to the historic Chantilly racecourse.
On the 1st October, the world's best thoroughbreds, ridden by the best international jockeys, will congregate at Chantilly to run in the legendary Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Since its inception in 1920, the "Arc" has always been considered the most important of sporting challenges. Named "The Best Horse Race in the World", based on the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings in 2016, this 5 Million Euros race is the absolute pinnacle for anyone involved in horseracing….and it is also an amazing event that attracts more than 600 international journalists and 45 000 spectators to the racecourse, as well as a 1-billion strong global TV audience.
A day of records for the 2016 renewal of the Arc
Several new records were set during the 95th renewal of the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 2016. The race was won by the Irish filly Found and her British jockey Ryan Lee Moore. In posting a winning time of 2 minutes 23.61 seconds, the pair set a new record for the Arc. And Found's Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien saddled the first three home, which has never been done before!
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, as it 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 today the world's richest race on grass. The Qatar Arabian World Cup, one of the world's most prestigious Purebred Arabian race, sponsored by Al Emadi Enterprises, takes place on the same weekend.
Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 2016
Presentation of the course of the Arc by jockeys
Back to the Arc 2016 won by Found
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 4 JUNE 2017|
The Prix du Jockey-Club, inaugurated in 1836, is one of the most important races within the selection process of thoroughbred Flat racing. At the end of 2,100 metres, it crowns the best threeyear-old colt and on rare occasions, a filly. It is run at the prestigious Chantilly racecourse.
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.
A first title in a long 2016 series for the phenomenal Almanzor!
The 2016 renewal brought just reward for trainer Jean-Claude Rouget, who enjoyed an outstanding season. Bought as a yearling for 100 000 Euros, the colt Almanzor, ridden by Jean-Bernard Eyquem, demonstrated his true worth when he extended his winning streak with victories in France, Ireland (Leopardstown) and England (Ascot). Owned by Antonio Caro and Gérard Augustin-Normand, he is expected to shine at the highest level in 2017.
Following his 2016 season, Almanzor was rated the best three-year-old turf horse in the world in the Longines World's Best Racehorse rankings.
Prix de Diane Longines
WHEN ELEGANCE RHYMES WITH SPORT
• GROUP 1 FLAT RACE
• 1 M 2 ½ F
• 1 MILLION EUROS PRIZE-MONEY
|• CHANTILLY RACECOURSE||• SUNDAY 18TH JUNE 2017|
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 three-year-old fillies only, and they compete before the most elegant of elegant crowds. For the first time in 2017, the Prix de Diane festivities will take place over the course of two days!
To spend a day at the Prix de Diane Longines at Chantilly is to enjoy a truly unique afternoon that rhymes with an elegant picnic, a live concert like with Lilly Wood & the Prick in 2015 or Brigitte in 2016 and music after the races to dance the night away...
There is always something happening at the Prix de Diane Longines. 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.
The competition is also hot on the track when the best race of the year for fillies gets underway. In 2016, the champion La Cressonnière and her jockey Cristian Demuro continued the winning streak for the same team that had already lifted the Prix du Jockey Club two weeks earlier. Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget and owners Antonio Caro and Gérard Augustin-Normand became the first team in 60 years to record this notable double.
Prix de Diane Longines
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||• FRIDAY 14TH JULY 2017|
Come and celebrate the 14th of July at the 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!
In 2016, nearly 8 000 people enjoyed a day at the races in a festive and friendly atmosphere before dancing the night away to the sounds of the famous DJ Feder.
The Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris, which is the first opportunity for three-year-old colts and fillies to contest a Group 1 race over 1 ½ m, produced a victory for the Cristian Demuro-ridden Mont Ormel. This was a debut success at this level for his trainer Pia Brandt, and one more high-profile victory for owner Gérard Augustin-Normand. In 2017, the colt Mont Ormel is continuing his career in Hong Kong where his name has been changed to Helene Charisma!
Juddmonte: 2016 FG Garden Party
THE DEAUVILLE LUCIEN BARRIÈRE MEETING
THE MOST COMPETITIVE SUMMER RACING!
• 150 FLAT RACES, INCLUDING FIVE GROUP 1 RACES
• 7.5 MILLION EUROS PRIZE-MONEY
|• DEAUVILLE RACECOURSE||• FROM SATURDAY 29TH JULY TO WEDNESDAY 27TH AUGUST 2017|
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, 5 Group 1 races (the highest level in racing), 1,300 runners saddled by 85 trainers from all over Europe! 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 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. Then there are many other surprises for spectators in store during the Meeting!
The Deauville Lucien Barrière meeting 2016
The inter-regional racing tour
A NEW CHALLENGE THROUGHOUT THE REGIONS
• FLAT RACING IN THE REGION
• FROM SUNDAY 26 MARCH TO SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER 2017
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 main 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-year-olds 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.
|The dates of the different legs of the GTI 2017||Racecourses|
|Sunday, March 26, 2017||Machecoul|
|Sunday, April 9, 2017||Lignières|
|Sunday, April 23, 2017||Durtal|
|Sunday, May 14, 2017||Morlaix|
|Sunday, June 18, 2017||Wissembourg|
|Sunday, July 9, 2017||Vittel|
|Friday, July 14, 2017||Senonnes|
|Sunday, August 27, 2017||Pompadour|
|Sunday, September 10, 2017||Evreux|
|Sunday, September 24, 2017||Castera Verduzan|
|Sunday, October 1, 2017||Nîmes|
|Sunday, October 8, 2017||Tours|
|Sunday, October 22, 2017||Saint-Cloud|
OF THE 2017 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, May 21, 2017||Auteuil|
|Prix Ferdinand Dufaure||350,000€||Sunday, May 21, 2017||Auteuil|
|Prix Alain du Breil||270,000€||Sunday, June 11, 2017||Auteuil|
|Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil||370,000€||Sunday, June 11, 2017||Auteuil|
|48 hours of Jump racing|
|Grand Prix d’Automne||370,000€||Saturday, November 4, 2017||Auteuil|
|Prix Cambacérès||270,000€||Sunday, November 5, 2017||Auteuil|
|Prix La Haye Jousselin||550,000€||Sunday, November 5, 2017||Auteuil|
|Prix Maurice Gillois||350,000€||Sunday, November 5, 2017||Auteuil|
|Prix Renaud du Vivier||270,000€||Sunday, November 12, 2017||Auteuil|
GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE DE PARIS
THE MOST LEGENDARY RACE OF THE YEAR!
• GROUP 1 JUMP RACE
|• AUTEUIL RACECOURSE||• SATURDAY 20 AND SUNDAY 21 MAY 2017|
OVER TWO DAYS, THE AUTEUIL RACECOURSE HOSTS A VARIETY OF THE BEST JUMP RACES, INCLUDING THE GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE DE PARIS, WHICH LENDS ITS NAME TO THIS SPECTACULAR WEEKEND OF EXTREME SPORT.
The Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris is the most spectacular 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 difficulty. After such a remarkable effort, the winner is well-deserving of his prize. With prize-money totalling 850 000 Euros, it is the richest race in the Jumps calendar in France.
After taming this truly difficult course, the winner is generously acclaimed by a 10 000-strong crowd which annually attends the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. The 2016 running produced a truly French and British alliance when English jockey James Reveley won the race aboard So French! The champion is trained by Guillaume Macaire for American owner Magalen Bryant.
During the Grand Steeple weekend spectators can follow the jockeys' performances on the rankings system. Life-size replicas of the most famous jumps allow spectators to appreciate the sporting achievements on the track. There are many activities for the whole family, including the Junior Steeple Chase, where equestrian clubs from the Paris region compete against each other.
Grand Steeple Chase de Paris 2016
Grand Steeple Chase junior
48 HOURS OF JUMPING
TWO DAYS OF EXTREME SPORT!
• 15 JUMP RACES, INCLUDING 4 GROUP 1 RACES
|• AUTEUIL RACECOURSE||• SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER AND SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2017|
The 48 hours of jumping go hand in hand with the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. It is a true jump racing festival, thanks to a program 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 –and notably in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris– to endorse their reputations among the jumping elite worldwide. In 2016, Milord Thomas, trained by Dominique Bressou for the American Magalen Bryant, again took the honours in this prestigious race. In fact, he became the third horse in history to win the race three times. This phenomenal jumping talent is now in line for another exciting 2017 season.
Attractions for everyone
Families can enjoy the many attractions in the Fan Zone, where they can ask the 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.
The 48H of jumping 2016
Milord Thomas, the French jumping Champion
SUNDAYS FOR FAMILIES AND CHILDREN!
• SUNDAY 12 AND SUNDAY 26 MARCH, SUNDAY 2 AND MONDAY 17 APRIL 2017
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
Finally, following the winter break, racecourses in Paris open their doors once more. To celebrate the new season, take your family racing on Sunday at Auteuil and Saint-Cloud. On the cards in 2017: horseracing and activities surrounding the unicorn's mystical universe, leading on to the racehorse's universe. You can also enjoy activities like pony riding, an introduction to horserace betting, visits to the weighing room and stable areas, and 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!
This year, young spectators can help fulfil the unicorn's dream of becoming a racehorse!
Sunday racing 2016
RACECOURSE AND TRAINING CENTRE
FRENCH SHRINE TO JUMP RACING
Set in 33 acres of greenery, Autueil racecourse is situated on the outskirts of Paris and is dedicated to jump racing, the most breathtaking discipline in the world of racing.
Its track is renowned all over the world, thanks to its iconic obstacles such as the "rail ditch and fence", 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 to the Rivière des Tribunes, the water jump in front of the stands, it requires an 8 meter long jump to clear it!
It is no wonder the racing programme at Auteuil is the principal stage within 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 5,800 metres.
- A figure-of-eight track. Multiple fences: bullfinch, double barrier, oxer, small, medium and big open-ditch, rail ditch and fence, stone wall, water-jumps in front of the stands and in the figure-of-eight, bank, brook.
40 DAYS OF JUMP RACING:
- Prix du Président de la République (Monday 17 April 2017)
- Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris Weekend (Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2017)
- Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil and Prix Alain du Breil (11 June 2017)
- Prix Heros XII (Sunday 8 October 2017)
- 48 Hours Jump festival (Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 November 2017) 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 (Saturday 18 November 2017)
- Prix Georges Courtois (Sunday 26 November 2017)
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.
In 2017, like in 2016, a number of races that are usually run at Longchamp have been exceptionally transferred to the Chantilly track due to the refurbishment of the new Longchamp racecourse. In fact, the prestigious Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the World Championship for Thoroughbreds, will be held at Chantilly again in 2017!
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).
47 MEETINGS IN 2017:
- Prix du Jockey-Club (Sunday 4 June 2017)
- Prix de Diane Longines weekend (Saturday 17 June and Sunday 18 June 2017)
- Prix Jean Prat (Sunday 9 July 2017)
- Arc Trials, prep races for the Arc (Sunday 10 September 2017)
- Weekend of the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October 2017)
- Prix du Conseil de Paris (Sunday 15 October 2017)
Preparation of the Chantilly racecourse for the Prix de Diane Longines
A FABULOUS VISA 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 the new Longchamp, the Saint-Cloud racecourse will host the Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris and the 14th of July celebrations that are associated with this race meeting and that 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
35 MEETINGS IN 2017:
- Prix du Muguet (Monday 1 May 2017)
- Prix Ganay ( Monday 1 May 2017)
- Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Sunday 2 July 2017)
- Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris (Friday 14 July 2017)
- Prix Royal-Oak (Sunday 23 October 2017)
- Critérium International (Sunday 29 October 2017)
- Critérium de Saint-Cloud (Sunday 29 October 2017)
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.
Every year, this racecourse celebrates the arrival of the summer days by organising a picnic on the lawns that are loved by families. 250 amateur artists participate in a painting competition honouring the impressionists.
Known as the "city of the horse", Maisons-Laffitte has a big training centre, managed by France Galop that offers a large variety 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 2,400 metres.
- Straight track: 2,000 metres, the longest in Europe
- 36 different starts.
29 RACE MEETINGS IN 2017:
- Prix du Palais Royal (Saturday 3 June 2017)
- Prix Messidor, Prix Eugène Adam during the picnic on the lawns (Sunday 16 July 2017)
- Prix Robert Papin (Sunday 23 July 2017)
- Prix du Prince d'Orange (Saturday 16 September 2017)
- Prix de la Coupe de Maisons-Laffitte (Saturday 16 September 2017)
- Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte (Friday 13 October 2017)
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!
Each year, during the month of August, the European champions meet here for Deauville Lucien Barrière meeting, renowned for its racing program 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, righthanded.
- Interior round track: 2,100 metres, righthanded, 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 IN 2017:
- Poules d'Essai des Pouliches (Saturday 13 May 2017)
- Poules d'Essai des Poulains (Sunday 14 May 2017)
- Prix Saint-Alary (Sunday 14 May 2017)
- Prix Rothschild (Sunday 30 July 2017)
- LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest (Sunday 6 August 2017)
- Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard –Jacques le Marois (Sunday 13 August 2017)
- Darley Prix Morny (Sunday 20 August 2017)
- Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Sunday 20 August 2017)
- Lucien Barrière Grand Prix de Deauville (Sunday 27 August 2017)
A NEW RACECOURSE THAT WILL SHOWCASE RACING EXCELLENCE
COMING SOON: A NEW SHOWCASE FOR FLAT RACING
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 a strong ambition, a desire to give French races a modern and competitive racecourse that meets the expectations of all concerned, professionals, owners and a new generation of racing fans.
At the request of France Galop, the organiser of racing in France, this refurbishment with its cutting edge new usages and digital technologies will strengthen Longchamp's international influence.
France Galop chose Dominique Perrault's original architectural design, remaining true to 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 in the sports and leisure industry.
Follow all the latest news on the new 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.
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 stretches over 2,000 hectares of Chantilly forest. There are several tracks, including the majestic "Piste des Lions" (Lion track), which is renowned for 4km of straight track, rising slightly and that links the Chantilly chateau with Lamorlaye via the forest. The Chantilly training tracks are made of silica sand, which particularly suits the training of 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.
Chantilly training centre
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: 10km of sand tracks exclusively dedicated to cantering, 30km of sand tracks for trotting and walking, 20km of turf tracks, 1.5 km of fibresand tracks (PSF)
- For jump racing: 5km of sand tracks, 8km of turf tracks, 111 obstacles
There are many different tracks, from the "Laffitte" and "Lamballes" straight tracks, the "Boileau" and "Poniatowski" round tracks to the "Rond de l'Epine", which is 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 with 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
During periods of extreme cold, the fibresand track can also be used for training purposes.
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