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Qatar Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe 2016

One of the biggest annual events in flat racing, Paris’s historic Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe is a predictably stylish, big stakes affair, held on October 1-2 2016 at the Hippodrome de Longchamp

When? October 1-2 2016
What? Paris’s historic, world-famous weekend of horse racing for very high stakes
Where? Hippodrome de Longchamp, Paris

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

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