Story 7: Spending a day at the races

Story 7: Spending a day at the races
Presentation of the horses at the presentation ring, Hippodrome de Deauville La Touques.Naïade Plante

About sixty horse racing days are scheduled

each year in the two racecourses of the territory,

Deauville-La Touques and Deauville-Clairefontaine.

Hippodrome of
Deauville-La Touques




Built when Deauville was founded, this is where you can see the most flat races in France, the discipline where the speed of thoroughbreds is expressed. If race meetings are organized all year long, every summer, Deauville-La Touques hosts the Meeting de Deauville Barrièrerenowned for its prestigious Group 1 races, located at the highest level of the equestrian competition scale. For a month, the world's greatest thoroughbred owners and representatives of the major French and international horse racing companies meet there.

Group 1 race at Deauville-La Touques racecourseFrance Galop
Group 1 race at Deauville-La Touques ©France Galop
Hippodrome of



Between mid-June and the end of October, theDeauville-Clairefontaine racecourse vibrates to the applause of the grandstands for the Meeting de Clairefontaine. What makes it unique? Its ability to host all three racing disciplines: flat, trotting and jumping (hurdles and steeplechase), making it the only tri-disciplinary racecourse on the Normandy coast. Every year, it hosts some twenty race meetings, six of which are emblematic: the Prix Luth Enchantée, the Prix du Défi du Galop and the Grand prix de Clairefontaine (on the flat); the Grand steeple-chase de la Ville de Deauville, the Grande course de Haies Guillaume d'Ornano and the Prix Léopold d'Orsetti (over jumps).

Jockey at Deauville-Clairefontaine racecourseSandrine Boyer-Engel
Jockey at Deauville-Clairefontaine ©Sandrine Boyer-Engel
What to do at the races?



  1. Single, paired or trio betting
  2. Discover the backstage of the racecourse during a guided tour
  3. Admire the horses in the show ring
  4. Meet the jockeys
  5. Vibrate in the stands
  6. Have fun with the many activities dedicated to children
  7. Picnic on the grass of the racetrack
  8. Coup de ❤: attend a race in semi-nocturnal then relax in a guinguette atmosphere.
Portrait of a jockey by Charles Fréger for Planches Contact (2010)
Portrait of a jockey by Charles Fréger for Planches Contact (2010)
Guided tour behind the scenes of the Deauville-Clairefontaine racecourse
Guided tour of the backstage of the Deauville-Clairefontaine racecourseSandrine Boyer-Engel
Admire the horses in the show ring
Horse in the roundDelphine Barré
Meet the jockeys
Jockeys before the start of a horse raceArena Events
Spectators at the races
Spectators at the racesYul Brynner
Deauville-Clairefontaine racetrack
Deauville-Clairefontaine racetrackSandrine Boyer-Engel
Races at the Deauville-Clairefontaine racecourse
Races at the Deauville-Clairefontaine racecourseSandrine Boyer-Engel
Children's activities at the Deauville-La Touques racecourse
Children's activities at the Deauville-La Touques racecourseDR
Jockeys in the starting stalls
Jockeys in the starting stallsSandrine Boyer-Engel

Address book

45 avenue Hocquart de Turtot,
Phone: +33 (0) 2 31 14 20 00
Meeting de Deauville Barrière, every August. Tickets available on site or online.
Barrière Deauville Polo Cup, every August. Tickets available on site.
Route de Clairefontaine,
Tel: +33 (0) 2 31 14 69 00
Meeting de Clairefontaine, every year from June to October. Tickets available on site or online.

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Our tourist information offices :

Résidence de l'Horloge
Quai de l'Impératrice Eugénie
14800 Deauville
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Place Jean Mermoz
14640 Villers-sur-Mer
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32 bis avenue Michel d'Ornano
14910 Blonville-sur-Mer
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40 rue du Général Leclerc
14113 Villerville
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20 Place Lemercier
14800 Touques
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Promenade Louis Delamare
(behind the first-aid post)
14800 Tourgéville
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