There’s a good reason why the premier horse race in Europe, le Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, is held on French soil. France is Europe’s powerhouse, when it comes to the turf. Here are 7 reasons why it makes sense to bet on horse racing in France…View Today’s Betting Markets Now!
1. The Purses In France Are The Highest
France puts the UK to shame, when it comes to prize money – particularly in races that are not black-type affairs. This leads to trainers from all over the continent sending their horses to France. That’s just one of the reasons that the standard of racing is so high.
2. Group/Listed Races Take Place On Many More Days Of The Year
It’s fairly rare for a day of racing to take place, in France, which doesn’t include a Group or Listed encounter. On days that there aren’t any, you are certain to find rich handicaps. This means that there are always quality horses for you to back.
3. Both Jumping And Flat Racing Are Popular In France
Just like the UK and Ireland, France has thriving jumps and flat racing scenes. This is rare in continental Europe. In most countries, trotting tends to dominate. France also has trot/harness racing, unlike in Britain and Ireland, so they really do have all bases covered.
4. Better Weather Leads To Less Cancelled Races
The climate is significantly warmer in France, than in the British Isles. Inevitably, this leads to less races being cancelled or postponed. This is especially true of the southern region. Just think how far south Marseilles is from Ayr!
5. Fixed-Odds Betting Is On Offer
RaceBets offer fixed-odds betting, on French races, enabling you to take a guaranteed price on a horse. You can also back at SP (starting price), if you prefer. Both methods of betting are popular with our customers.
6. Each-Way Betting Is Available
If you prefer to back your horses each-way, you can do this on French races here at RaceBets. You can also make accumulator bets (accas). Simply click on the accumulation betslip, before making your bet. This link can be found on any French race-card.
7. RaceBets Cover Every French Meeting
Unlike other bookmakers, RaceBets doesn’t just offer betting on the big meetings. You can bet on every single French race, when you open a RaceBets account. Looking to have a flutter, in the opener at Vittel? No problem, at all!
The races mentioned here represent just a tiny fraction of the G1 contests that take place in France. All attract elite owners, trainers, horses and jockeys.
The Prix du Jockey Club is the French equivalent of the Epsom Derby. The race is run at Chantilly and is contested by three year-old colts and fillies. This takes place in June and the distance is one mile, two and a half furlongs. Nine winners of this race have gone on to win the Prix de’ l’Arc de Triomphe. The purse for this group one race is one and a half million euros.
The Prix de Diane is very similar to the Epsom Oaks. Only three year-old fillies may compete in this race, which is also run at Chantilly. The runners race over a distance of one mile, two and a half furlongs, for a purse of one million euros. The Prix de Diane takes place in June. In 2015, the magnificent Golden Horn was the winner. Frankie Dettori was on-board.
The Prix Royal Oak is twinned with the British St Leger (held at Doncaster Racecourse). It takes place in October and run over a distance of one mile, seven and a half furlongs. Both male and female thoroughbreds are permitted to race. Royal Oak is a very famous French horse, particularly in the field of breeding. The horse was one of the most important breeding stallions of the early Nineteenth-Century. The prize-fund for this race is two hundred and fifty thousand Euros. The 2015 winner was the Aga Khan’s Vazirabad.
The Grand Prix de Paris is run at Longchamp Racecourse, over a mile and a half. The race was first run in 1863 and won by a British horse, called The Ranger. This race has a purse of six hundred thousand euros and notable winners include Phil Drake, My Love, Beta Hollow and Rail Link.
The Poule d’Essai des Poulains and the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches are the French equivalents of the 1000 and 2000 Guineas. These classics aside, there are many other fabulous races that are held in France. You can bet on French racing, almost every day of the year here at RaceBets. We also offer special promotions and head-to-head betting, when the bigger French races are taking place.