In a previous promotional campaign the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was described as “It’s not a race, it’s a monument” which sets the precedent for one of the biggest horse races in the world. With a prize fund of €5,000,000 the flat horse race is second to only the Dubai World Cup. The race has traditionally taken part at Longchamp along the Seine River, originally with only French bred horses aloud to run. It is now an international event, which as of 2016 has moved to Chantilly Racecourse just outside Paris. Past winners have included the famous Italian Frankie Dettori.
The closest airport to Chantilly is the Charles de Gaulle International in Paris. It is then less than half an hour’s train ride away from the Gare du Nord train station, costing under €8. Entrance fees are also cheap, costing only a couple of Euros for each day. There are no additional costs for purchasing on the gate and the capacity can easily cope with large numbers. There are several races over the weekend, 2016 had 15 in total in which 9 were class 1 races – the highest on any racing calendar. Gates open at 12pm Saturday and 11am Sunday.
It is not necessary to book in advance, so you can make a last-minute decision on visiting the racing. If you are planning ahead however, check if there are any special tickets available, it may be cheap but VIP passes are available by invite only. Unlike many other racecourses, at Chantilly you can access the paddock in with your ticket price. This will give you a chance to see the horses and jockeys up close ahead of the race. If you’re looking to place a bet, then study recent form. Remember to pack waterproof clothing, as the event is outside of the summer season.
If you are planning to visit Chantilly for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe choose from a selection of houses, apartments, cottages, B&B’s and other private rentals near to the racetrack in northern France. If you stay on the outskirts of Chantilly, or in Paris, you are only a short train ride away. Check our accommodation in Chantilly.
Visit the castle at Chateau de Chantilly or the Musee du Cheval, the castle grounds are also worth seeing. Take a walk through the old town or take a short train ride into Paris for the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and much more.
Find out more information including: the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe races, tickets, the experience, details on the arc and village terraces, the prize list, photographs, directions and more about the Chantilly Racecourse visit the official website.
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