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This is a practical guide to horse racing tracks visited, reviewed from a practical and social viewpoint. It is not intended to be a technical guide to the characteristics of a given track. If you wish to learn about the nitty-gritty of individual track trends etc. you will find other sites more relevant to that objective.

It aims to advise on the optimum logistics of travelling to a new racecourse, where to eat, stay and other guidance on what to expect.

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Chantilly, France

Chantilly racecourse, North of Paris is home to the French Derby & the Oaks. The Guineas are run at Paris-Longchamp. The area of Chantilly is the centre of flat racing in France, the equivalent of Newmarket in the UK.

How to get there

There are regular trains from Gare du Nord to Chantilly. It’s a pleasant stroll through the forest to the racecourse and on major days, there are shuttle buses for those that don’t fancy the walk.

There is a great PMU bar at Chantilly station, if you need a stopping off point.

Accommodation

There is limited accommodation in Chantilly town, with some Chateau type hotels in the surrounding areas. As the train ride from Gare du Nord is only about 35 minutes, you can easily travel in from central Paris, unless you prefer the more rural experience.

Racecourse

A rather unique setting, with the stunning Chateau in the background, a unique backdrop as the horses sweep by. In keeping with most French racecourses, it is well-managed with the usual snack and drink carts.

View to stand on Arc day 2017

Vibe

For the Prix Diane (French Oaks) – this is very much the day for the ladies out in their finery, so it’s very much a day for dressing your best. For the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby), there would be a mix of style, but generally on the smarter end of the scale.

A rather dodgy picture of Enable after winning her 1st Arc!