Racing in France

With 260 racecourses and €116m(flat) in prize money, €38.5m in Owners Premiums and €17m in breeders premiums it is no surprise that France is the envy of every other European racing nation. French racing’s finances have continually increased over the past 10 years and the construction of several new All Weather tracks at Deauville, Chantilly, Pornichet, Lyon la Soie, Pau and Cagnes-Sur-Mer has made flat racing in France an all-year-round attraction.

The following information gives a breakdown of prize-money distribution in France.

All races in France pay prize-money down to 5th place split in general:

1st 50% – 2nd 20% – 3rd 15% – 4th 10% – 5th 5%

In big betting handicaps (called the Quinté, of which there is one every day), prize money is paid down to 7th place. Group race distributions vary but are guaranteed to at least 7th place.

Minimum 1st place prize money is €3,000, but very few races fall below €5,000 1st prize. Average prize money per race is over €25,000.

Ian Williams – a man who knows racing in France

Why not take advantage of the French Racing calendar with someone who knows the horses, the programme book and jockeys?

Ian Williams has vast experience in France working with master trainer, Francois Doumen, and has used his expertise to land major prizes across the Channel, including Grade One success for Batman Senora at Auteuil and the runner-up in the French Gold Cup.

This summer Ian landed another successful raid in France, taking valuable prizemoney with the 9yr old Cashpoint.
Revitalising horses is a challenge Ian thrives on, and when combined with his intimate knowledge of the French racing scene gives owners a chance of a making the game profitable.
Co-owner Steve Mackintosh said after Cashpoint’s win at Deauville –

‘A truly wonderful experience! That was one of the best days racing I have ever had. Ian spotted a great opportunity for my nine year old Cashpoint and the whole experience was brilliant. Ian did a fantastic job and I would recommend him as the best trainer to get the best out of any horse.’

For more information and for the inside track on the French racing scene, call Ian today on 01564 822392 or email Ian via


  • France Galop – the website that covers all racing administration in France, including entries, results and data
  • Equidia – everything about the horseracing in France, including video replays and a live racing show