France Galop is a non-profit organisation that manages and controls the thoroughbred horse racing industry in France.
The organisation’s budget is provided for the most part by a levy from the some 10 billion euros from betting on horse racing that takes place in France each year. In 2016, this amounted to a total of €447 million. France Galop and its trotting counterpart Le Trot co-own the PMU, Europe’s number one betting operator on racing.
Improving the breed.
France Galop encourages the breeding and training of racehorses by financing flat and jump racing through rewarding prize money and the payment of premiums to owners and breeders. The best horses are subsequently selected for breeding through a racing programme constructed and organised by France Galop.
France Galop manages and operates six racecourses that are among some of the most renowned in the world: Longchamp, Auteuil, Chantilly, Saint-Cloud, Maisons-Laffitte and Deauville, as well as three training centres reserved exclusively for thoroughbred racehorses: Chantilly, Maisons-Laffitte and Deauville.
Organising and financing the racing calendar for thoroughbred racing.
Each year, France Galop lays out a calendar of more than 7,300 races on the flat and over jumps that are spread over the 151 racecourses across France that hold thoroughbred racing.
France Galop organise some of the world’s most famous races including the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Prix du Jockey Club, Prix de Diane, Grand Steeple Chase de Paris...
It also is the authorising body for licenses for owners and racing professionals: trainers, jockeys, etc.
Responsible for the regulation and integrity of horse racing.
The France Galop Stewards ensure the application of the Rules of Racing in each race, using several different types of media. More than 12,000 samples are taken every year to detect the possible presence of prohibited substances in horses. France Galop has a zero tolerance policy in this area for every horse that lines up to race.