The Richest Turf Race
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. It is open to three-year-olds and upwards over a mile and a half and takes place on the first Sunday in October. The race is usually staged at Longchamp but was run at Chantilly in 2016 while Longchamp underwent a complete refurbishment. In 2019 the race returns to Longchamp racecourse.
The Arc is currently the world’s richest turf race and third-richest horse race. Only the Pegasus World Cup and the Dubai World Cup carry greater prize money. The Arc is the highlight of the weekend which features nine Group 1 races over various distances.
The 2019 race will be held at Longchamp Paris
Chantilly staged the Arc for the first time ever in 2016 and that has now been extended to 2017. The spectacular course provides racegoers with stunning views of Grandes Écuries and the Princes de Condé’s château.
This year’s Arc will be run on 1st October at Chantilly which has a capacity of 40,000 spectators. Chantilly Racecourse is in Oise, France, about 30 miles north of Paris.
Chantilly Racecourse Location
Chantilly is located in the country’s main horse training area on 65 hectares, populated by over 100 trainers next to the Chantilly Forest. The training centre is managed by France Galop and more than 2,500 racehorses are exercised on the centre’s 2,000 hectares of gallops.
The racecourse was constructed adjacent to the existing Great Stables built in 1719 by estate owner, Louis Henri de Bourbon, Prince de Condé. They were designed by the architect Jean Aubert with the 186-meter-long stable widely regarded as the most beautiful in the world.
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Chantilly Racecourse Throughout The Years
The first race at Chantilly was held in May 1834 and the existing grandstand was designed by Honoré Daumet in 1879. In 1982, the Living Museum of the Horse was created as part of the stables which was opened to the public. In July 2006, the museum was acquired by the Foundation for the Safe-keeping and Development of the Chantilly Domain, presided over by His Highness the Aga Khan.
The Prix du Jockey Club
During the first week of June, Chantilly hosts the Prix du Jockey Club, the third of the French racing season’s five Classic Races. It is also referred to as the French Derby, although the distance is now ten furlongs instead of the traditional twelve.
Tickets sell well in advance for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe! Don’t delay – reserve your Chantilly tickets today!
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2017
The 2017 Arc meeting took place at Chantilly on Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st October. The race has reverted to its traditional home of Longchamp in 2018 so Chantilly put on quite a show!
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe always attracts the top thoroughbreds from France, Great Britain and Ireland. Japan will continue its quest for an Arc winner having gone close with Deep Impact (third in 2006) and Orfevre (second in 2012). There could also be representatives from Italy, Germany and across Europe.
The Irish Champion Stakes is often a good guide for the Arc. Golden Horn won in Ireland before winning the Arc and Found finished second to Almanzor last season. The runner-up was retired after the Breeders’ Cup in November but Almanzor stays in training as a four-year-old.
Reserve your tickets now for one of the highlights of the European racing year!