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Prix de l'Arc returns to Paris Longchamp

Thu 3rd May 2018, 18:06

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Taking place on the first Sunday of October on the 2400 meters track of ParisLongchamp, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe showcases the best racehorses in Europe competing against one another over the Classic distance of one and a half miles. The race takes place at the end of the European flat season and as it is open to both the Classic generation of three-year-olds as well as older horses the race is one of the most prestigious in the world racing calendar with a total purse of €5,000,000.

The race, which was first run in 1920, has a true international flavour with regular runners from Japan as well as the main racing nations of Europe. 14 British trained horses have won the coveted prize along with 8 from Ireland, 4 from Italy and 2 from Germany.

Italian born jockey Frankie Dettori has won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe a remarkable five times spanning three decades. He first won in 1995 with Lammtarra, was successful again in 2001 and 2002 with Sakhee and Marienbard and has won two of the last three renewals aboard Golden Horn and Enable.

TREVE and Thierry Jarnet win Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe
Enable has continued a recent trend of fillies winning the Group 1 prize. Four of the last five running of the race have gone to the fairer sex with Treve winning the race back-to-back in 2013 and 2014 and the Aidan O’Brien trained filly Found landing the contest for Ireland in 2016.

Enable is the current 3/1 ante-post favourite to retain her title in 2018 and become on the eighth dual winner of the race. For all the latest betting and bookmaker offers on this year’s race check out UK betting sites.

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe returns to ParisLongchamp for the first time in three years following an extensive redevelopment of the Paris venue. Its new glass-covered Grandstand building, designed by architect Dominique Perrault, ParisLongchamp will treat visitors to a whole new racing experience: no pillars hinder the views from the Grandstand and a 180° panorama that was carefully studied to heighten the experience of watching the racehorses in action on the legendary ParisLongchamp turf.

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the centrepiece of a weekend of top class racing taking place at the Paris venue on the first weekend in October. Other highlights of the weekend include the Prix de l’Opera, Prix de l’Abbaye and Prix du Cadran.