French Racing & Breeding
France Galop is the non-profit making organisation responsible for flat and jump racing in France: out of 239 racecourses, it manages directly the premier tracks and training facilities at Chantilly, the largest European training centre, Deauville and Maisons Laffitte as well as managing the racing at Longchamp, Saint- Cloud and jumping at Enghien, all of which are within easy reach of Paris. 50% of European racecourses are located in France.
Owners receive their own card from France Galop which entitles them to free access to all racecourses in France where there are reserved areas including private dining facilities available to owners who may also invite guests free. In addition, VAT is charged at the current rate of 20% (7% on covering fees) which can be reclaimed if ownership is effected through a company (earl), there are no race entry fees, transportation of horses to the racecourse is heavily subsidised and English is spoken widely!
Stable visits to the fabulous training centres are actively encouraged and easily arranged. There are direct flights to Deauville from London City or fast ferries from Portsmouth, and there is the Eurostar as well as regular flights to Paris.
Racing & Breeding Statistics
Owners’ premiums for assimilated and French-bred horses are paid as a percentage of the allocated prize money and in addition to the actual prize money as follows:-
15% for horses born since 2014 onwards by a French based sire, otherwise 10%
19% in races restricted to French bred horses by a French based sire, otherwise 14%
10% only applicable to winners and placed horses in Group 1 races
How To Qualify As A French-Bred Or Assimilated Horse
First: Register your mare in the French Stud-Book and check that her export certificate is lodged in France Galop office.
N-1: Foal conception year
N: Foal age / foal birth
N+1: yearling age
Distances & Weights
French / English Lexicon
Training and boarding fees are the euro equivalent of those in the UK. Cost recovery being the prize money divided by training expenses is approximately 55%. Owners contribute 4% of French prize money whereas it is 16% in the UK.
If you would like to know more about racing and breeding in France and would like to join our all-costs-inclusive racing and breeding ventures over there, please get in touch.