French racing

Several French Racetracks Face Second Shutdown As Government Withdraws Approval

Horse racing in France was intially shut down on March 16 due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, but was able to resume under strict protocols on May 11. On Tuesday, however, the French government withdrew its approval for horse racing to continue in several Covid-19 hot-spots across the country, including Paris. Affected racetracks include Longchamp, […]

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Hamelin The Latest In A Line Of French Jockeys To Break Into Tough Hong Kong Colony

Antoine Hamelin has made a fine start to his Hong Kong career since emerging from quarantine five weeks ago and the Frenchman is showing no signs of slowing as one of only three jockeys with a full book of nine rides at Happy Valley on Wednesday (13 May). With nine wins to his name from […]

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France Shuts Down Racing Through April 15; Grand National Cancelled

France has become the first major racing country to call a halt to national race meets, reports Governing bodies France Galop and Le Trot met Monday to discuss the international COVID-19 pandemic, and announced the decision to cancel horse racing through April 15. “Our absolute priority is the health of all people involved in racing […]

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Jaws, Revisited: French Runner Tries To Take A Bite Out Of Rival Jockey

Every now and then, photographers snap pictures of racehorses barring their teeth at rival horses, but this week, 3-year-old filly Palomba took things one step farther: she tried to take a bite out of a rival jockey. In a race at Maisons-Laffitte, the 3-5 favorite was fighting off Lucky Lycra, piloted by Francois-Xavier Bertras when […]

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France Galop Shifts Final Meetings From ParisLongchamp Due To ‘Ground Maintenance’

The International Racing Bureau  reports that France Galop is moving the final three scheduled meetings at ParisLongchamp to Chantilly and Saint-Cloud due to ground maintenance. The Oct. 21 meeting will now be moved to Chantilly which includes the Group 2 Prix Du Conseil De Paris and three listed stakes, the Prix De Saint-Cyr, Prix Casimir […]

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A Racehorse Walks Into A Bar (No Really)

The old joke about a horse walking into a bar actually happened last week in France. Patrons at a sports betting pub near Chantilly racecourse can be seen relaxing and enjoying their drinks when all of the sudden they start running for cover. The next thing seen on the security camera footage is a tacked-up […]

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Reinvented Longchamp Enters A Brave New World

The long-awaited official opening of the new Longchamp, rebranded in the best marketing sense as ParisLongchamp to remind Parisians that the world’s most elegant racecourse is, indeed, just a few miles from the center of the French capital, went off with only a few hitches on Sunday afternoon as local racegoers and invited guests braved […]

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Shuback: Foreign Invasion Creates Troubled Times For French Racing

The death last month of the Marquise de Moratalla, for decades one of France’s leading breeder/owners, prompted her longtime trainer, the recently retired Francois Doumen, to remark that “she was the type of owner we don’t have in France anymore.” In fact, Doumen was putting his finger into the wound that has caused much agonizing […]

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Murder, She Wrote? Son’s Murder Allegation Opens Investigation Into Death Of ‘Grande Dame Of French Racing’

An investigation has been launched into the death of leading French racehorse owner, the Marquesa de Moratalla, after it was alleged that she had been the “victim of foul play.” According to a report in the Racing Post, the prosecutor’s office in Bayonne, France, has opened a formal investigation and ordered an autopsy be conducted after the […]

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