This year Europe’s most prestigious horse race the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe will be held at Chantilly Estate for the second time during the weekend of 30 September and 1 October.
The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the world’s most prestigious horse race. Every year since its creation in 1920, some of the greatest human and equine athletes on the planet have done battle over a mile and a half in a bid to win this blue ribbon event. Every racing professional dreams of winning the Arc at least once in their career.
On the first Saturday and Sunday in October, the very best thoroughbreds from across the globe flock to Chantilly racecourse for an exceptional weekend of racing. With sprint races, long-distance events and battles between two-year-old prodigies on the race-card, the weekend really stands out thanks to the quality of its equine and human competitors, with performances by a stunning array of future stars and confirmed champions.
The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is attended by no fewer than 600 journalists and 60,000 enthusiastic spectators. It boasts 17 thoroughbred races, 13 of which have Group I status, the category of champions. With a billion television viewers tuning in from more than 30 different countries, it truly is a global event!
The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the showpiece race of the weekend, boasting a purse of 5 million Euros, which makes it the most richly rewarded turf race in the world. During these two days of competition, the racecourse also plays host to the QPAT’s sister race for purebred Arabs, the Qatar Arabian World Cup, whose prize money is now a million Euros.
About Chantilly Estate:
Less than an hour’s drive outside of Paris, the Chantilly Estate houses treasures that have been passed down its line of illustrious owners: Anne, Duke of Montmorency, the Bourbon-Condé lineage, Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale. The château is home to the Condé Museum and its collection of paintings, among which are masterpieces by Raphaël, Botticelli, Clouet, Poussin, Watteau, Ingres, Delacroix. Inside the château, the Cabinet des Livres library boasts 13,000 books, including the world’s most precious manuscript: Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry (15th century)!
The estate’s 115 hectares of grounds are unique thanks to the hugely diverse gardens. The Grandes Écuries, a masterpiece of 18th century architecture, are among the most luxurious stables in the world. Inside, the Horse Museum gives an insight into the relationship between man and horse, while the team of 20 horses and 7 riders give performances all year round.
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