THE CRÈME DE LA CRÈME OF INTERNATIONAL HORSE RACING
From Saturday 29th July to Wednesday 30th August 2017, the seaside town will host some of Europe's best flat races during the Barrière Deauville Meeting.
Whether you are an avid racing fan or a curious holidaymaker, you are guaranteed a great day out watching these thrilling events, in which the world's very best thoroughbreds paired with elite jockeys battle to gallop past the post in poll position!
Come and watch an outstanding series of sporting competitions and cheer on the champions’ exploits!
The Meeting de Deauville Barrière in figures:
THE MOST OUTSTANDING RACES
SUNDAY 29TH JULY
A thrilling sprint!
The Barrière Deauville Meeting starts with a bang!
This Group 1 race, the highest category of horse race, is reserved for mares aged 3 and over.
It is run over a mile, the ideal distance for showcasing speed.
This race is highly spectacular to watch, as the field gallops at speeds of over 60 km/h (40mph) within touching distance of the spectators!
SUNDAY 5TH AUGUST
LARC PRIX MAURICE DE GHEEST
A rare showdown between sprinters and milers
This is one of the Barrière Deauville Meeting's most eagerly-anticipated races as it is one of very few European races run over the distance of 6½ furlongs.
Because of its unusual distance, this sprint race gives rise to an eclectic field made up of Sprinters – specialists over distances of between 5 and 6 furlongs – and Milers, whose favoured distance is a mile (8 furlongs). This Group 1 race is always a great one to watch.
SATURDAY 11TH AUGUST
AL RAYYAN CUP PRIX KESBEROY & DOHA CUP PRIX MANGANATE
The Barrière Deauville Meeting also shines the spotlight on purebred Arabs with two Group 1 races, the highest category of horse race, reserved for this breed.
One is for 3-year-olds and the second is for experienced horses aged 4 and over. Horse racing's most acclaimed breed, the English thoroughbred, is a descendent of the purebred Arab breed.
In the 18th century, oriental stallions were crossed with native English mares, giving birth to the English thoroughbred breed which is renowned for its speed.
SUNDAY 12TH AUGUST
PRIX DU HARAS DE FRESNAY-LE-BUFFARD – JACQUES LE MAROIS
This sprint race run over a mile boasts the highest purse of the Barrière Deauville Meeting, with €1,000,000 to be shared out among the first five finishers. Open to males and females aged 3 and over, its field is made up of young hopefuls and their more experienced elders.
Champions flock from all over Europe to compete in this race, sometimes even further. It is one of the Meeting's most spectacular races!
WEDNESDAY 15TH AUGUST
PRIX GUILLAUME D’ORNANO – HARAS DU LOGIS SAINT-GERMAIN
Reserved for 3-year-old horses, this race is often run by the stars of the QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club.
This was the case of New Bay in 2015, and Almanzor and Zarak in 2016.
From a sporting point of view, this event is known as the best race for 3-year-old horses held on Deauville - La Touques racecourse and really tests the horses’ staying-power!
SUNDAY 19TH AUGUST
DARLEY PRIX MORNY
This sprint race is run over a short distance of 6 furlongs, reaching speeds of nearly 60 km/h (40mph) past the finishing post.
The young mounts have under a minute – the time is takes to complete the course – to stand out! The winner earns the title of best young sprinter.
SUNDAY 19TH AUGUST
DARLEY PRIX JEAN ROMANET
This Group 1 horse race is reserved for females aged 4 and over, the age of experience in gallopers!
The horses that stand out in this mile and 2 furlong event will go on to compete in the most important races of the autumn, namely the Qatar Arc Trials, which serve as a dress rehearsal for the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe weekend.
THE race for confirmed champions!
SUNDAY 19TH AUGUST
DARLEY PRIX KERGORLAY
This is one of very few events in the flat racing calendar to be run over such a long distance: a mile and 7 furlongs!
Lining up in the starting gates are horses aged 3 and over with enough stamina to triumph over this gruelling course.
The race also acts as preparation for the Melbourne Cup in Australia!
In 2010 and 2014 respectively, Américain (a French horse, despite its name!) and Protectionist (Germany) won the Darley Prix Kergolay - Melbourne Cup double.
A real test of endurance!
SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST
LUCIEN BARRIÈRE GRAND PRIX DE DEAUVILLE
This race is in the Group 2 category, one of the highest classifications in flat racing.
It is reserved for English thoroughbreds aged 3 and over, and is run over the unusual distance of a mile and 4 ½ furlongs, which requires the participants to juggle their speed and stamina.
The winner of this race often sets its sights on racing in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, which will be held on 7th October 2018 at ParisLongchamp.NEW FOR 2018: NATIONS’ TOURNAMENT
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Every year, the top-class races at the Barrière Deauville Meeting are contested by the best thoroughbreds from Europe and further afield.
This summer, the most talented horses from major horseracing nations – France, England, Ireland, Germany, Italy and the United States – did battle in a Nations’ Tournament.
Every time a horse from one of these nations triumphed in the 14 must-see races at the Barrière Deauville Meeting, their country been awarded a point.
The winning nation has been named on 19th August after the Darley Prix Morny.
There were also prizes to be won for the best supporters!
Rankings as of 19th August 2018:
14 RACES - 6 RACE DAYS, 1 WINNING NATION!
- Prix Rothschild (Group I – Sunday 29th July)
- LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest (Group I – Sunday 5th August)
- Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard - Jacques le Marois (Group I – Sunday 12th August)
- Prix Gontaut-Biron Hong Kong Jockey Club (Group III – Wednesday 15th August)
- Prix Guillaume d’Ornano Haras du Logis Saint-Germain (Group II – Wednesday 15th August)
- Prix Lieurey (Group III – Wednesday 15th August)
- Prix de la Vallée D’Auge (Listed - Wednesday 15th August)
- Shadwell Prix de la Nonette (Group II – Saturday 18th August)
- Shadwell Prix du Calvados (Group II - Saturday 18th August)
- Critérium du Fond Européen de l’élevage (Listed -Saturday 18th August)
- Darley Prix Jean Romanet (Group I -Sunday 19th August)
- Darley Prix de Pomone (Group II – Sunday 19th August)
- Darley Prix Kergorlay (Group II – Sunday 19th August)
- Darley Prix Morny (Group I – Sunday 19th August)
Awarded to the country where the horse is trained
- 1st: 6 points
- 2nd: 3 points
- 3rd: 1 point
- Group 1: coefficient 4
- Group 2 and 3:: coefficient 2
- Listed: coefficient 1
The jockeys go head to head in every horse race held at the Barrière Deauville Meeting between 28th July and 26th August!
Rankings as of 19th August 2018:
From 1st to 3rd place, every result counts!
- 1st place: 5 points
- 2nd place: 3 points
- 3rd place: 1 point
Weighting for Group races:
- Group 1: x4
- Group 2: x3
- Group 3: x2
The prizegiving ceremony will be held on Sunday 26th August, after the Lucien Barrière Grand Prix de Deauville (Group 2).