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Chantilly RacecourseThe most classic of French Racecourses

Chantilly Racecourse is located within a timeless setting that is the envy of the world. No other racetrack is bordered by a fairy-tale château that is among the most popular historical monuments in France, together with a building as majestic and imposing as the Great Stables of the Princes de Condé, all surrounded by forest. Going to the races at Chantilly is an altogether unique visual experience.

Founded in 1834 but renovated from top to bottom in the 2000s, the racecourse itself fits perfectly into this fantastic backdrop, serving in some respect as the viewing stands from which to admire the picturesque surroundings.

It is also at Chantilly that two of the most prestigious races in the France Galop calendar are held, namely the Prix du Jockey-Club (since 1836) and the Prix de Diane Longines (since 1843). Over time the latter has become a symbol of elegance and femininity, traits that persist to the present day. If an outing to the races can evoke visions of stylish hats and wonderful outfits, then this is largely due to the Prix de Diane.

In 2016 and 2017, Chantilly was chosen to host the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend while the Parisian track at Longchamp was being reconstructed.

The training centre at Chantilly has more than two thousand horses in training, and is spread across the neighbouring municipalities of Chantilly, Gouvieux, Lamorlaye, Coye-la-Forêt and Avilly-Saint-Léonard.

How to get there ?

Avenue des Aigles - 60500 Chantilly

By train or RER (RECOMMENDED):
By Regional Express train from Gare du Nord (Grand lignes - main lines), every 30 minutes (25 minute journey)
Or: RER Line D from Chatelet or Gare du Nord (underground) every 30 minutes (45 minute journey)

Free shuttles are available from the station to the racecourse, which is also a 10-minute walk by foot.
Transport information: http://idf.sncf.fr

By car:
RN 16 (access from the A1 – Porte de la Chapelle – Direction Saint Denis – Exit 3 direction Pierrefitte  – N1 for 3 km then RN16)
Motorway A1, exit 7 direction Survilliers or exit 8 towards Senlis-Chamant

Parking space: 1000 cars

Services

  • Bureau de Change,
  • ATM
  • Binocular rentals
  • Gift shop
  • Easy Racing area: Understand racing, learn to bet.

Food service

Prices

 Full priceReduced priceParking
Weekday5€3€Free
Weekends or public holidays8€5€3€
Grands Prix 4*10€8€3€
Grands Prix 5* Prix de Diane Longines20€16€5€
Grands Prix 5* Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe30€27€10€

Grand Prix 4*: Prix Ganay, Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, Prix du Jockey Club, Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, FG Garden Party Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris, Meeting de Deauville Lucien Barrière, Qatar Arc Trials, Les 48 heures de l'Obstacle.

For futher information and tickets: billetterie.france-galop.com.

Reduced price: for those that have a France Galop Club card, students, over 60s, job-seekers, and those accompanying handicapped people. 

Free entry for under 18s, PMU card holders (except Grand Prix 5*), and handicapped people.

Main events

  • June 4 - QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club (Group 1)
  • June 18 - Prix de Diane Longines (Group 1)
  • July 9 - Prix Jean Prat (Group 1)
  • Novembre 1st - Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Group 1)

Schedule of upcoming races

Date Racetrack Start Races To note Ground Premium
23/06/2017 CHANTILLY 12h30 Plat : 9
Prix : LA MOSKOWA (Listed)
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : COUPE FRANCE
Prix : DE ST-NICOLAS
Prix : PENSBURY
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09/07/2017 CHANTILLY 13h35 Plat : 8
Prix : JEAN PRAT (Grp. I)
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : CHLOE (Grp. III)
Prix : FORET CHANTILLY
Prix : DE VALGENCEUSE
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24/07/2017 CHANTILLY 13h15 Plat : 8
Prix : GRANDES ECURIES
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : DU SAGITTAIRE
Prix : DE GASCOURT
Prix : CANOUVERT
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28/07/2017 CHANTILLY 13h10 Plat : 8
Prix : DE VERNEUIL
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : LA CAPITAINERIE
Prix : DE COYE
Prix : DU CHAUDRON
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03/09/2017 CHANTILLY 11h40 Plat : 9
Prix : D'ARENBERG (Grp. III)
Autre(s) course(s) à noter :
Prix : DU PIN (Grp. III)
Prix : DES CHENES (Grp. III)
Prix : D'AUMALE (Grp. III)
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Chantilly in numbers

Racecourse :

47 meetings in 2016

65 hectares

Capacity of 30,000 people, with 40,000 visitors a year

5 tracks:
One large track (also known as the Jockey Club track) of 2,400 metres with a 600-metre home straight and a 10 metre ascent over the last 800 metres. Races from 1,600 to 4,800 metres are run on this.
A straight track of 1,200 metres (courses from 1,000 to 1,200 metres)
A middle track of 2,150 metres (500-metre finishing straight, with 10 metre ascent, races from 1,600 to 2,600 metres)
A round track, races from 1,400 to 2,400 metres
A 6,500 metre synthetic All-Weather track (550-metre home straight, 20 metres wide), the first to be installed on a Parisian racecourse, in Autumn 2011.

Training Centre :

120 hectares of grass gallops

120 kilometres of sand gallops

12 kilometres of jumping tracks, interspersed with 100 fences

More than 2600 racehorses are stabled at Chantilly during the busiest period.

 

History

Created in 1834, Chantilly is the oldest of the six France Galop racecourses. The first temporary viewing stands were installed in 1835. Following this, in 1847 the Duke of Aumale, who owned the land on which the course was built, ordered the construction of two new stands, which were designed in an Anglo-Norman style by his architect Jean-Louis Victor Grisart. In 1881, these stands were rebuilt by Honoré Daumet, the architect of the Château de Chantilly. The weighing room was constructed in 1891 by Charles Girault, one of Daumet’s pupils. The Committee Members Stand, formerly the Prince’s Stand, was rebuilt in 1911 by the architect Saint-Ange. These are listed as historic monuments.

In 1994, France Galop considered closing the racecourse. Faced with this threat, a public interest group called ‘Plan for the sustainable development of Chantilly’ was created in 1998. This brought together France Galop, the Community of villages in the Chantilly region, the French Institute, the government, the Picardy Regional Council, the departmental council of the Oise, the town of Chantilly, and the Aga Khan Development Network.

Work was carried out on the stands and the surrounding area, with a total of €24 million invested in the site. The grandstand was completely renovated, enlarged, and a panoramic restaurant installed. The ensemble was opened on 28 May 2004.  In 2006-2007, the Aigles road, which passed behind the stands, was rerouted deeper into in the forest so as to be able to move the parade ring and install a new scales area there, as well as a new parking area.

In 2011 France Galop undertook the construction of an All-Weather track, the only one in the Paris region. This was finished in December 2011, and the first race on it took place in March 2012. Since then Chantilly can also hold meetings in the winter because the track is designed to cope with bad weather.