LA TOUQUES, FIRST FLAT RACECOURSE

 

Gallop races include competitions with and without obstacles, the latter known as flat races. The Touques racecourse hosts most of these races during the year, thus gaining the “four season hippodrome” nickname. Its calendar includes over forty days exclusively dedicated to flat races, highlighting thoroughbred horses’ speed abilities. The Touques was the first racecourse, in 2003, to include a sand-fibre track, hosting races in winter, when the Normand fields are covered by snow. The turf track is used again when the nice season comes.

 

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Les tribunes, ©Jacques Lorin
La salle de pesage, © Jacques Lorin

WHAT ABOUT COMING FOR THE SUMMER MEETING?

 

In August, the Deauville-La Touques hippodrome offers for about twenty days an unrivalled rich and heterogeneous program, including at least five Group 1 races, top level equestrian competitions. For one month, the main thoroughbred horses’ owners in the world and the representatives of the national and international most prestigious jockeys meet in Deauville. The best jockeys of the world, fascinated by the excellence of the program, are especially glad to attend this meeting.

5 amazing Group 1 races: Prix Rothschild - Prix Maurice de Gheest - Prix du Haras de Fresnay Le Buffard - Darley Prix Morny - Darley Prix Jean Romanet -Lucien Barrière Grand Prix de Deauville

The Meeting will be also an opportunity to attend, on Sunday, August 27th, the 5th step of the EpiqE Series, the circuit of the 14 most beautiful galloping and trotting races: the Lucien Barrière Grand Prix de Deauville.

La salle de pesage, © Jacques Lorin

AN ENJOYABLE & PEDAGOGICAL RACECOURSE

In addition to the competition program, the Touques hippodrome has developed a circuit to let the public discover all the secrets of the equestrian races world. A racing simulator, among other things, is available to give you the opportunity to live the race as if you were a jockey and some coachs will introduce you to racecourse betting. Horse carrousel, poney strolls, small horse games are also available…

 

TRUMP CARD

The Deauville - La Touques hippodrome is uniquely positioned among French racecourses, as it includes the largest training centre for race horses in Europe. It welcomes up to 300 horses all over the year and the amount of horses hosted in livery stables is twofold in August. It is equipped with stables specifically conceived for horses under training. In terms of facilities, several training tracks are used. For flat races:
- three 2,000 m sand tracks, one for trotting and two for canter;
- one 2,000 m turf track with an area of 5 hectares. For jumping races:
- a canter track equipped with mobile hedges;
- a steeple track.

A sand-fibre track was opened in June 2003 and is currently used for competitions and training. It is used to host all gallop races in winter and to preserve the turf track during summer competitions. “France Galop” institution has opted for an oiled sand-fibre surface (the Viscoride) whose main characteristics are uniformity of the track, frost resistance (up to certain temperatures), extremely low splashes and no need for irrigation, mainly appreciated in times of drought…

A training centre for 300 horses open all year long to discover here