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THE QATAR PRIX DE L'ARC DE TRIOMPHEParis
Hippodrome de Longchamp
Bois de Boulogne
From April to November, the Longchamp racecourse hosts the world's loveliest thoroughbred flat racing events. Undoubtedly, the most prestigious is the Qatar Grand Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.
The 2010 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was won by the English horse Workforce, in the last few metres of an exciting race before 48,000 enthusiastic spectators. No need to be a specialist, nor even a punter, to appreciate the astonishing spectacle of the world's greatest thoroughbred horse race.
A VIP event
Ministers and actresses can also be seen in their finest attire, the latter wearing the most extravagant hats in keeping with tradition. An exclusive little world that you can rub shoulders with around the horse presentation stand or observe with your field glasses, an indispensable accessory for this afternoon of racing.
Place your bets!
Seven races follow rapidly one upon the other the entire afternoon. The spectacle is everywhere, unexpected and exciting. Here, of course, you're free to snub the experts and support an outsider. Indeed, with a little luck, who knows!
Free shuttle service (every 10 min) from the Porte Maillot, the Pont de Sèvres and the Porte d'Auteuil.
Comfortable in working-class neighbourhoods and the tonier areas of Paris, I never get tired of rediscovering this timeless city. The Sex Pistols set the pace when I was younger. New technologies fill my working days now. My little extra: discovering fine eating spots around the capital for romantic dinners!