Chantilly… An exceptional venue in more ways than one.
Its colourful history began in the Middle Ages, and horses have always played a central role in the estate.
From a medieval fortress to a luxurious château, the Chantilly estate has been witness to a great many adventures over the centuries. Today, its racecourse plays hosts to some of France’s greatest races.
Chantilly is also Europe’s largest training centre, and boasts some impressive figures:
- Almost 3,000 horses present on site every day
- 1,900 hectares of land
- 120 hectares of turf track, 120 km of synthetic fibresand track
- A 12-km jumps racing course
- One dirt course (sand, silt and clay).
A veritable Temple of Speed, the racecourse was inaugurated in 1834 and sits opposite the Château’s stunning stables (which used to house 240 horses!). Nestled in the heart of a breathtaking estate, surrounded by a forest and the Le Nôtre gardens, and sharing the spotlight with the buildings’ flamboyant architecture, this 65-hectare course has become the emblem of French horse racing. Its facilities include:
- A long track (or Jockey Club Track) measuring a mile-and-a-half (3-furlong home straight, 10-metre uphill climb over the last 4 furlongs, courses ranging from one to three miles)
- A 6-furlong Sprint
- A medium track measuring 1 mile 2 ¾ furlongs
- A round track (courses ranging from 7 furlongs to a mile-and-a-half)
- A fibresand track measuring a mile and 1 ½ furlongs, which runs on the inside of the turf track