Deauville Racecourse

Deauville Racecourse, or ‘Hippodrome de Deauville La Touques’ to give it its full French title, is set in 75 acres in the heart of the seaside resort of Deauville in Normandy, northwestern France. The racecourse was built by the Duke de Morny, a half-brother of Napoleon III, in 1864 and, today, stages 36 Flat fixtures between March and December. Deauville is best known for four Group 1 races, the Prix Maurice de Gheest, the Prix Jacques le Marois, the Prix Morny and the Grand Prix de Deauville, which are run throughout August and collectively constitute the ‘Prix de Deauville’.

 

Course Characteristics

Deauville Racecourse consists of two turf tracks, covering a total of 15 hectares. The round course is a right-handed oval, eleven furlongs in circumference, while the straight mile course joins the round course at the top of the home straight. There is also a synthetic, Fibresand course, a little over ten furlongs in circumference, which allows Deauville to race during the winter.

 

Track Facts

Deauville lies in the middle of the main horse breeding region in France, with 75 stud farms in the vicinity of the racecourse.

In August and October each year, renowned yearling sales are held at Deauville.

In August 2013, Moonlight Cloud won the Prix Maurice de Gheest and the Prix Jacques le Marois within the space of seven days to earn a place in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita Park for the second year running.

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