Discover the fun and excitement of thoroughbred horse racing in France, where big purses and low training fees combine to make this country one of the most attractive in the world for horse owners.
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Why race in France?
Prize money in French racing is among the highest in the world. The winner of a mid-level race will take home between €9,000 and €15,000, compared with £1,000 to £1,500 in the U.K. In addition, French racing offers premiums to French-bred horses that add 60 percent to prize money for two- and three-year-olds, and 45 percent for four- and five-year-olds and 35 percent for 6-year-olds and older.
Costs are comparatively low. French racing authorities subsidize travel expenses for horses, there are no entry fees for non-pattern races and jockey fees are minimal. Training fees in our yard are €60 a day excluding shoes, veterinary, and racing costs. That means no extra fees for things like rugs or nutritional supplements.
Another factor to consider: France does not allow any medication in a horse’s system on race day. That means lower vet bills for owners and sound, drug-free horses.