Everyone knows that Paris tops of the list when it comes to romance, but come October it’s also the place in Europe to see fine horse racing.
On the 3rd October Paris hosts the Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe. The ‘Arc,’ as it’s known, is the second richest horse race in the world, the richest in Europe, and with that as the draw it’s no wonder that it attracts such a supreme range of competitors. If you’ve been looking for an excuse for a weekend in an amazing city this event is guaranteed not to disappoint.
The heritage of the event
The race has been going strong for almost a hundred years. In that time it’s built the kind of atmosphere you’d expect from a top class, traditional race location. Currently sponsored by Qatar, it’s encourages the same opulence that characterised the early races. Expect to see some incredible fashion, especially in the hat department.
What's on offer?
There are eight races on the card, each with their own huge jackpot. The first is at 2pm, and the highlight of the day is the 3:40pm race. With a prize of 250,000 euros, expect competition to be high on the dash that saw Star of the Sea crowned king of horses.
The general feel of the ground is spacious and easygoing, despite the background adrenaline of the races. There are various musical entertainments, including jazz bands and brass groups, all helping to give the champagne tent the decadent and light atmosphere it deserves. Last year the Qatar influence came through in various Middle Eastern displays, nicely meshed with the standard French breeders showcases.
All in all, if you’re looking to treat yourself not only to a magnificent place, but an event that does it credit, the Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe is an opportunity not to be missed.
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