Hippodrome de Chantilly
Chantilly is (for those not "in the know") one of France's (and the world's) premier horse racing venues.
It is also an equestrian centre generally - the Grandes Ecuries form part of the Chateau.
The course is spectacular, with the horses running past both buildings on their way to the finishing straight.
I chose the meeting for the €400,000 Prix Jean Prat group 1 race. The card also had two group 3 races with prize money of €80,000 each.
Atmosphere is quite different to a British or Irish course, as you'd expect. The betting system is like the British Tote.
One difference is the relative lack of food & drink outlets. Just one restaurant and one bar, plus a couple of ice cream kiosks. If you want a sandwich or a burger, bring your own! A positive outcome of that is that you're not plagued by drunks as you would expect at a British course.
Entry was only €4. It's more for a grand prix event, but less for a mid week meeting. Parking was €2.50 (often free in Britain).
Minimum bet is €2. I left my luck (or judgment) at home, and stopped betting after the hot favourite ran like a donkey in the big race. Umbrella - you never know!
Sunscreen - wish I had...
Paris Turf (the French horse racing newspaper) for guidance...
A few € to chuck away...
A sandwich & bottle of wine unless you want a restaurant lunch.