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1 Avenue de la Pelouse 78600 Maisons-Laffitte France
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Travel Information

How to find us

Directions

By train

From Saint-Lazare to Maisons-Laffitte (direction Cergy)

Metro

RER Line A (direction Cergy)

Taxis

Place de la Libération - Tel.: 01 39 62 21 72

By car

From Paris La Défense - Pont de Bezons; after Sartrouville Bridge, turn right. From Pontoise, Poissy and Versailles, Saint-Germain en Laye, Maisons-Laffitte town centre; go through the entry gates to the park and continue straight ahead until Place Wagram, then take the second road on the right.

Racecourse Information

The History

More than just a racecourse, Maisons-Laffitte is one of the cradles of racing in the Paris region. Although it has an excellent track, it is its training centre that has met with the most success. Today, the municipality of Maisons-Laffitte, with its vast and highly distinctive park, really can claim to be a veritable ‘city of the horse’, where all different types of equestrian activities take place side-by-side.

The Maisons-Laffitte Training Centre, which today houses around 600 horses, is the closest training centre to Paris. Because it was run for a long time by the ‘Société des Steeple-Chases’, which presided over jump racing before its merger in the 1990s, it has always accorded a very important place in the training of horses for this speciality. Traditionally, therefore the biggest jump racing stables are based here.

The racecourse itself is located by the Seine, just near to the Château de Maisons-Laffitte. It has the rare distinction of including both left-hand and right-hand courses, thanks to its total of 4,680 metres of track. It also has the longest straight in Europe of 2,000 metres. Only the racecourse at Newmarket, in England, has a straight of a similar length.