The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

"Ce n'est pas une course; c'est une monument" is a phrase used to market the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. This is translated as "not so much a race as a monument," which neatly sums up this Thoroughbred horse race. The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, commonly known as simply the Arc, is one of the most celebrated races in the horse racing world. It's arguably the most prominent horse race in mainland Europe and is certainly one of the most glamorous. We provide further information on the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe below.

Race Details

The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is a one and a quarter mile (2,400 meters) Group 1 flat face run on turf for Thoroughbred horses aged three years and older. Only colts and fillies are allowed: geldings are excluded. It's held annually on the first Sunday in October at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France. It's one of the richest turf races in the world with a prize pool of €4 million with over €2 million going to the winner. The race is part of a two-day event featuring a number of Group 1 and Group 2 races, as well as the Arabian World Cup.

History of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

The inaugural Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was held on October 3rd in 1920, won by a colt named Comrade. The purse was 150,000 francs. The race was devised by the Société d'Encouragement to complement the Grand Prix de Paris and the Prix du Conseil Municipal. The Grand Prix de Paris was introduced in the 1860s to allow leading three-year old Thoroughbreds from different countries to compete in France since racing in the country had previously been limited to French-bred horses. The Prix du Conseil Municipal (now known as the Prix du Conseil de Paris) was introduced many years later and allowed entry for horses of different age groups.

The Prix du Conseil Municipal was a handicap race in which weight penalties were applied based on previous performances. The Société d'Encouragement wished to bring in a new race, where all entrants could compete equally without such weight penalties. This led to the founding of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. It was not long after the end of the First World War and the name was chosen in reference to the Arc De Triomphe, where an Allies victory parade had taken place.

Betting on the Horse Racing Event

As you'll find with most major horse races, there's a lot of betting interest in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Racing fans all over the world enjoy placing a bet on the Arc, from the recreational bettor to the serious professional gambler. Like many quality races, picking the winner can be really challenging due to the high standard of the competition. There's often a clear favorite, but it's far from uncommon for the favorite to be beaten.

The easiest way to place a bet on the 2016 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is to use an online betting site. Many betting sites comprehensively cover horse racing all around the world, and certainly most of them cover big races like the Arc. We provide a guide to choosing a suitable site for betting on horse racing, including a list of recommendations and bonus offers.

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