Bi-partisanship at Chantilly: The French don’t mind a bit of horse play to settle their differences.


This sort of direct action in their politics has never bothered the French. These enterprising  young sports at Chantilly are likely fundraising to subsidize the cost of a motor car and some pocket-money for a visit to the wonderful seaside race course at Deauville.  Who can blame them?  Who could blame anyone?

Comme ca

The spring has come and that means indulgence in the most beautiful sport on God’s Green..


 Deauville-La Touques Racecourse, Calvados, France. Internatinal-Meeting-Deauvi.jpg.

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Ello. ello,  à fond de train !!  Toute la saison du France Galop


Deauville (pronounced: [do.vil]) is a commune in the Calvados département in the Basse-Normandie region in northwestern France.

With its race courseharbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the “queen of the Norman beaches” and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France. The closest seaside resort, when coming from Paris, the city and the nearby region of the Côte Fleurie (Flowery Coast) has long been home to French high society‘s seaside houses and is often referred to as the Parisian Riviera. Since the 19th century, the town of Deauville has been a fashionable holiday resort for the international upper class.[1] Deauville is also a desirable family resort for the wealthy. In France, it is known perhaps above all for its role in Proust’s In Search of Lost Time.

Until 1860, Deauville went from the reign of one mayor to another and slowly became famous as horse breeding and racing territory as well as the beatific seaside ambience.  Charles Auguste Louis Joseph de Morny, half brother of the emperor Napoleon III, transformed Deauville into a more travelled resort. Before the death of the Duc in 1865, certain key investments were made that would transform Deauville’s history. Such investments included a railway from Paris to Deauville, the Deauville hippodrome for horse races, and a small casino. Within three years, over forty villas were constructed in the surrounding area, and 200 rooms, as well as other accommodations, were finalized in the Grand Hotel. Also, to the Duc de Morny’s credit, was the construction of a church and a school in 1863. In the same year, “La Terrasse” was brilliantly created. This was essentially a complex for hydrotherapeutic baths and other cures, as well as a 1,800-metre promenade along the seaside.

Following the Duc’s death, Deauville grew gradually, but it was not until the early 20th century when Désiré le Hoc, with Eugene Cornuché, pushed Deauville into another important period of transformation and development. The still-famous Normandy and Royal hotels and the casino opened in the years 1911 and 1913. Renovations were carried out and extensions were made to the hippodrome, telephone lines were set up, the sales of yearlings saw historic highs, and up to 62 English and French yachts occupied the basin. During these successful years many luxury boutiques opened in the streets of Deauville (Coco Chanel‘s first shop), as many stores from Paris decided it was worthwhile establishing themselves in the up and coming Norman resort.

Yes, Deauville herself is very alluring, situated as she is by the sea.  To the minds of many, however—Deauville represents only one thing: the race horseBeautiful race horses!

What better reason to love a place, after all?

God’s Beauty on the hoof!!   To include race photographs of the brilliant, magnificent race mare Goldikova in action!!!!



John Daniel Begg

At Washington DC

Monday, 18th March, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi, 2013

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