The first thing that any visitor to Chantilly remarks on is the tranquil air. Situated only 50 km from Paris and 25 minutes from Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport, Chantilly is surrounded by beautiful forest – a perfect setting for training horses. With nearly 3,000 thoroughbreds on site every day, the district of Chantilly is France’s largest training centre. The unique area covers 1,500 hectares comprising 145 km of sand tracks and 120 hectares of grassland as well as a hundred odd-jumps.
David Cottin’s stable includes 65 boxes, a walker, a sand paddock and two large grazing paddocks used for daily turnout.
In addition to Cottin’s stable in Chantilly, the trainer has taken over his father, Philippe Cottin’s stable near Lion-d’Angers in western France. The stable comprises of 50 boxes, a walker, a schooling arena and paddocks. The training facilities include a private sand track of 1200m, with a 800m straight track as well as a 900m steeple chase and hurdle track. The approximately 60 hectares property is a perfect setting for breaking in, training and spelling horses.