Own in France


Owning horses in France offers you the opportunity to take part in some of the most prestigious meetings in the world while immersing yourself in the heart of a vibrant and historical country.


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The Highest Prize Money in Europe

With an average purse of €25,000 per race, French racing is mainly financed from the turnover of betting on racing. This model is the envy of racing jurisdictions the world over and allows the sport's governing body France Galop to redistribute over €281 million each year, including premiums to winning owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys. Prize money goes down to fifth place for all races run in France, and on certain occasions down to the first seven.

Generous Owners' Premiums

France Galop offers generous Owners' Premiums for horses that finish in the first five places in any race (stretch to the first seven in certain flat races) on top of the prize money won:

- 60 % of prize money won for 2 and 3 year-olds
- 45 % of prize money won for 4 and 5 years-olds

 

 
World-known training centers

With over 10,000 horses in training and 414 professional trainers, France is home to several top class training centres including Chantilly, the largest in Europe.

“Why have I been taken to Versailles seven times and never here?”,
President of USA Richard Nixon on his official visit to Chantilly in 1968.

Chantilly was founded in 1833 and today is home to some 2,500 horses. Situated close to Paris and by the the Princes of Condé racecourse, the training centre comprises 120 hectares of grass gallops, 145 kilometres of sand tracks and six all-weather. This 1,500 hectares-stunning natural environment gives horses the best preparation possible to show their best on the racecourse. Since 1956, 55% of Group winners in France and 64% of winners of the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe have been trained at Chantilly.

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Historical racecourses

French racing holds 1,100 meetings a year for thoroughbreds on 149 different racetracks. Over 5,000 races are held on the flat each season, which encompasses around 52,000 runners a year. Of these, 27 Group 1 races are run and form a third of the European total at this level. These Groups 1 rendezvous include worldwine known Prix de Diane, Prix du Jockey Club, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

 

 

 Mythical races

The G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, broadly regarded as the world cup of thoroughbred racing, is the pinnacle of the European turf season and welcomes each year the best performers from across the globe. 2016 and 2018 « best race in the world » according to the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe has been the number one in racing since 1920. Today, the race is worth €5 million in total and is run in front of 50,000 spectators with another billion watching on television across the world.


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Elite bloodlines with a global influence


For more than two centuries, French breeders have shown their excellence in the development of the thoroughbred. Their talent and an advantageous environment have allowed French breeding to become known the world over. Home to 7,300 mares and 350 stallions, the 4,100 breeders based in France produce over 5,000 foals annually.   

 Blue hen mare Urban Sea is just one of the legends that has been raised in France and that has gone on to mark the world stud book. Sold as a yearling at Deauville, she went on to take the G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe before producing Galileo, the best stallion in the world, and Sea The Stars, also a winner of the Arc who became an excellent producer. France's passion for breeding burns brighter than ever today through horses like leading stallion Le Havre, 14 times Group 1 winner Goldikov, and the unforgettable dual Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe-winner Treve. Famous breeders such as the Wertheimer Brothers, the Aga Khan, and the Niarchos family have also heightened the influence of French breeding.