Critérium de Saint-Cloud

The Critérium de Saint-Cloud is the final event of the French thoroughbred racing season. This race for 2-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies is raced at Saint-Cloud Racecourse during late October or early November each year.

The Critérium de Saint-Cloud is an important trial event for future Group 1 stayers. The event is run over a distance of 1 mile 2 furlongs, making it one of the longest distance Group 1 races for juveniles contested in Europe.

Critérium de Saint-Cloud Betting

  • Antepost favourites in the Critérium de Saint-Cloud betting markets rarely do well in the race, but the event still tends to be dominated by short priced entries with most winners priced below 5/1.
  • This turns the race into a tricky betting proposition as each-way and place bets provide little value, and may actually increase a punters risk.
  • Given that the antepost favourites are often priced below evens and only win about 1 in 3 races, it makes sense to place lay bets on the favourite in the Critérium de Saint-Cloud betting markets rather than back favourites in this race.

Critérium de Saint-Cloud Odds

Critérium de Saint-Cloud History

The Critérium de Saint-Cloud is one of the oldest juvenile races in France. The event took place in 1901 for the first time, and was run over a distance of approximately 1 mile. Five years later race organisers extended the Critérium de Saint-Cloud to its present distance.

The Critérium de Saint-Cloud was abandoned during both World War One and World War Two, and resumed in 1950. In 1971 the Critérium de Saint-Cloud was given a Group 2 classification when patterning was introduced in France, and it was promoted to Group 1 status in 1987.

For much of its history the Critérium de Saint-Cloud was primarily of interest to French trainers preparing their juveniles for France’s many long distance Group 1 races. However, in recent years British and Irish trainers have been more active in the race, and in 2008 the event was won by Fame and Glory, who would later go on to win the Irish Derby.

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