“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.
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
The easiest way to place a bet on the 2017 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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