‘Ce n’est pas une course, c’est un monument’ (Not so much a race as a monument). A fitting description of one of Europe’s most prestigious horse races. It is here in the renowned French captial, Paris that the equine elite prepares for the richest race in Europe: Sunday’s Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. It is a flat horse race in France open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older and this year the 91st Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe takes place on the 6th and 7th of October on the Longchamp racecourse over a distance of 2,400 metres. Globally recognized as the supreme test of thoroughbreds, the race winner will usually go on to become a champion breeder.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has come a long way since its first race on 3rd October 1920, the inaugural race was won by Comrade, a three-year-old colt owned by Evremond de Saint-Alary who took home the prize money of 150,000 Francs. Today the event has flourished into the largest international flat event in the world, with over a billion television viewers worldwide. A shadow was cast over the existence of the race during the second World War where the event was cancelled twice in 1939 and 1940, and also subsequent funding concerns. However things soon settled with the war ending and government funding of the race resumed in 1949, with money obtained through the Loterie Nationale. With an attractive prize money of 50 million francs, there was no lack of participants for both the main event (Arc) and its 16 supporting races.
Popularly known as the ‘Arc’ by race-goers, the event’s roll of honour features many highly acclaimed horses. Aptly named in honor of the victorious Allied forces from World War I, who in 1919 paraded beneath the Arc de Triomphe. Currently ranked as the world’s third richest turf race, behind the Melbourne Cup and the Japan Cup, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe has a purse prize of €7.9 million. Considered as the Emmys in the horse racing world, the Arc is expected to draw an international crowd of 60,000 spectators, with the who’s who in the upper echelons of society expected in attendance.
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We offer the same facilities as a 4-star luxury hotel in Paris, including a 24-hour reception and concierge, breakfast, a daily maid service, WiFi, a business centre, three large meeting rooms, a library and a fitness room. Room service is provided by an external restaurant facility, and an excellent range of Champs-Elysées restaurants and shops lie just outside the door.
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