28 October 2016
It was lovely to see so many Horse Racing Abroad clients in Paris at the weekend for the Arc, where once again we were blessed with glorious weather.
The Arc, held at Chantilly for the first time, was a large-format event on a smaller than usual stage, and in the months leading up to the event, many annual attendees said that they were going to sit this one out; anticipating a traffic nightmare, overcrowding, long lines and nowhere to sit. However, this year’s Arc de Triomphe was an organisational success for France Galop and Chantilly, seamlessly playing host to an historic result with Coolmore horses all sired by Galilieo and trained by Aidan O’Brien taking the first three places, with the winner, Found, breaking Bering’s track record held since 1986.
The Arc was blessed with beautiful weather, mid-sixties and sunny, and the crowd certainly made the most of it. Early arrivals spread blankets on the grassy slopes overlooking the course in front of the grandstand and spent the day basking. Others perched on high-tops and barstools that had been spread throughout the backyard for the day, with the seats in the main Grandstand giving superb views of the racecourse.
Betting lines were manageable, with extra automated machines and attendants, and food stalls and ice cream carts dotted the public areas to feed the crowd. Champagne flowed everywhere, and virtually everyone I saw had a flute in hand.
The whole France Galop team did a great job to ensure everything went as smoothly as possible, and well done to them.
In 2017 the Arc will be returning to Chantilly for one final song before heading to the ‘new’ Longchamp in 2018. Horse Racing Abroad will again be offering packages for you to stay in either Paris or Chantilly for the weekend and for those planning a trip next year we would advise booking track seating or dining with us sooner rather than later. To pre-register your interest in our Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 2017 packages click here.
As we begin packaging together our tours for the Arc 2017, we welcome any feedback to help us deliver a unique experience to you, so please feel free to call us on 01244 355390 to pass on your comments and opinions. For details of our horse racing tours click here.
We hope that you'll be abel to join us in 2017 on one of our racing trips, whether to the Arc or to another exciting destination!
Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2016