The Hippodrome racecourse at Longchamp, originally inaugurated by Napoléon III in 1857, has survived closure, war and bombings followed by a renaissance and total redevelopment in the 1960s. Through it all, the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe has captured the hearts of race-lovers in France and worldwide, and these days the full-on racing weekend just keeps getting bigger.
Named for victorious soldiers walking under the Arc de Triomphe after WW1, the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is the main event of a huge annual international racing weekend, certainly the most important in France. 17 races will take place in 2016 to audiences of 60,000 (and a 1 billion TV audience), with prize money across the weekend hitting the €9.2 million mark – €5 million of that for the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe itself, a classic mile-and-a-half race that draws the biggest names in racing from around the world.
Naturally, the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is also a high society event, with serious prizes also awarded to the best-dressed couples at the weekend (the Prix d’Élégance for Beaux Duos). Find a partner and dress your best for a chance to be snapped by the racecourse photographer and be one of the 20 couples presented to Parisian fashion ambassador Alexandra Golovanoff – the three couples chosen get some major prizes.
For all the details of the Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe weekend, click here.
When? Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2017
What? Paris’s historic, world-famous weekend of horse racing for very high stakes
Where? Hippodrome de Longchamp, Paris