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Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

The races of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend, Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October at ParisLongchamp, will happen with out open stretch. Arrange on the Parisian racecourse since its re-opening in April, the open stretch proved very conclusive when it comes to regularity however, for the races on Sunday, utilizing it might have affected the bottom circumstances.

On Saturday, October 6, the rail will probably be widen to 16 metres. On Sunday, day of Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and 6 different Group 1 races, the precise rail will probably be in operation. Thus, rivals will gallop on a six meters large strip of latest floor.

France Galop’s Managing Director Olivier Delloye stated: “It is our duty to provide the best possible ground for all competitors so that they can all give their best. The introduction of the open stretch would not allow us to take full advantage of a portion of ground completely new next to the rail. The open stretch naturally leads the horses to a section of the track that has been used intensively since the spring. We have decided to give up the open stretch the day before too. The open stretch has considerably improved the regularity of the races but the top priority is the quality of the course we offer. When the two do not prove compatible, the choice imposes itself. ”

Report time (Longchamp) : 2’24’’49 in 2011 (Danedream). Discovered gained in 2’23’’61 in 2016 at Chantilly, beating the course document.

Final winner : Allow (f3, GB by Nathaniel), Homebred by Juddmonte farms, educated by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori.

Held in 2018 for the 97th time.

Historical past
After abandoning the poor floor of Champ de Mars in 1857 for its brand-new racecourse at Longchamp, the Société d’Encouragement pour l’amélioration des races de chevaux en France conceived an formidable challenge: to pit thoroughbreds of various nationalities towards one another on the demanding Bois de Boulogne monitor as a way to unearth the easiest.

The primary part got here in 1863 with the creation of the Grand Prix de Paris, which served as a car for the winner of the English Derby to compete towards that of the Prix du Jockey Membership, or French Derby, over Three,000 metres.

In pursuit of the identical objective, the Société d’Encouragement organised a gathering between Three-year-olds and their elders on a mile and a half course, scheduled for the beginning of October to provide younger horses time to develop. This was the Prix du Conseil Municipal, created in 1893.

1920 noticed the rebirth of racing within the wake of the Nice Warfare. The Société d’Encouragement needed to create a showcase for French thoroughbred breeding. In its quest for perfection, a brand new race was based presenting the identical traits when it comes to date and distance because the Conseil Municipal, however with no overweights or underweights, simply weights for age, with every horse on equal phrases. On the European racing calendar, the primary Sunday in October was a free date.

All that remained was to pick an eloquent identify for this generously rewarded race. On 14 July 1919, the allied forces had marched victoriously beneath l’Arc de Triomphe, a monument constructed in honour of the French armed forces… So although a minor claiming race at Longchamp had been referred to as the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe since 1882, the identify handed in 1919 to this new worldwide occasion, designed to match the deserves of Europe’s best thoroughbreds and choose a champion.

Run at Chantilly in 2016 and in 2017 throughout new ParisLongchamp constructing. The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe hasn’t been run in 1939 and 1940 and was run on the Tremblay course in 1943 and 1944 over 2,300 m.


The Arc de Triomphe first secured state funding in 1935, when the federal government authorised the Société d’Encouragement to organise a sweepstake on the race, just like the Grand Prix de Paris run Three months earlier. A sweepstake is a lottery the place the awarding of the prizes depends on each a drawing of tons and the race end result. This technique was used from 1936 to 1938, the only distinction being that the organisation of the sweepstake was entrusted to the nationwide lottery (created in 1933) run by the federal government.

After the warfare, it was not till 1949 that the alliance was renewed between the Arc de Triomphe and the sweepstake, a particular part of the nationwide lottery. It had a jackpot of 50 million francs, which enabled the Arc prize cash to be elevated fivefold annually – it at present provides 25 million francs to its winner – and the purse of all of the races on what’s a very bumper weekend upgraded. Consequently, the Grand Criterium was added to the Arc assembly for 4 years, after which it returned to its standard slot on the calendar, one week later. Because the years handed, nevertheless, the help from the nationwide lottery dwindled, to the purpose that, by the 1970s, it had grow to be solely symbolic. And in 1982, the Arc served as a help for a nationwide lottery sweepstake for the ultimate time.

Additionally in 1982, the Arc de Triomphe joined forces with a London-based lodge chain, Trusthouse Forte, which owned some eight hundred motels around the globe, together with two luxurious inns in Paris, the Plazza Athénée and the George V. This relationship would final six years, till 1987.

In 1988, TF was usurped by one other lodge chain, the Italian Ciga Resorts group, whose main shareholder was the Aga Khan. It was a wedding made in heaven that may make the “Ciga Weekend” the focus of world racing. In 1989, the Saturday was enriched by the Grand Critérium, then in 1991, the Prix du Cadran was added, making it a spectacular weekend of 5 Group I races. On 12 October 1991,

35,000 racegoers (30,000 of them paying) flocked to Longchamp and an extra 45 million watched the race on TV, courtesy of the 19 tv channels masking this now main sporting occasion. After their six years of lavish cohabitation got here separation and in 1994, the Arc was reunited with its former suitor Trusthouse Forte, however their renewed tryst lasted simply Three years. Remaining single for 1997 and 1998, the Arc discovered a companion once more in 1999, and as soon as extra it was a lodge group, the Hôtels et Casinos du groupe Lucien Barrière. This relationship was to final 9 years, up till 2007.

2008 introduced with it a brand new partnership. Agreed for a 5-year interval with Qatar, a younger nation within the midst of a growth, it has resulted in a doubling of the prize cash of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, from 2 to Four million euros. The partnership was prolonged in 2010 for an additional ten years, making certain sponsorship till 2022. It has additionally allowed French racing to enter a brand new part within the historical past of the Arc, which in 2008 turned probably the most richly rewarded turf race on the earth. This partnership has primarily been concluded to advertise the races organised by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Membership (QREC, based in 1975), which is venturing into the world of the English thoroughbred with a most formidable undertaking.

The general purse for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend now stands at 6.7 million euros, together with €5m for the function race solely. The cardboard consists of fifteen English thoroughbred races (7 of them Group 1 and Four Group 2), together with two Group I occasions for Arabian purebreds, organised by France Galop and the AFAC (Affiliation Française du Cheval Arabe de Course). The primary of the Arab purebred races is for 4 year-old fillies and can be run on Arc Saturday underneath the identify, The Qatar French Arabian Breeders Problem. The second race, the Qatar Arabian World Cup, is the world’s most prestigious occasion for Arabian purebreds, courtesy of €450,000 in prize cash. It’s run instantly after the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The race winners, full particulars of which could be consulted on the Officiel du Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe web site, bear witness to this reality.

Click on right here to entry the race’s Wikipedia web page.

Doubles and close to misses

Solely 7 horses gained the race twice:

Ksar in 1921 and 1922 ;
Motrico in 1930 and 1932 ;
Corrida in 1936 and 1937 ;
Tantième in 1950 and 1951 ;
Ribot in 1955 and 1956 ;
Alleged in 1977 and 1978 ;
Treve in 2013 and 2014.

2 had made the body earlier than : Motrico, 4th in 1928 and Corrida, third in 1935.

13 others failed within the Arc earlier than profitable it:

Massine 2nd at Three in 1923
Djebel third at Four in 1941
Nuccio 2nd at Three in 1951
Oroso sixth at Three in 1956
Exbury sixth at Three in 1962
Allez France 2nd at Three in 1973
Star Attraction unplaced at Three in 1973, winner at 5
Ivanjica unplaced at Three in 1975
All Alongside unplaced at Three in 1982, gagnante at Four in, then third at 5
Sagace unplaced at Three in 1983, vainqueur at Four in then 2nd at 5
Rainbow Quest unplaced at Three in 1984
Tony Bin 2nd at Four in 1987
Discovered, ninth at Three in 2015

17 winners did not win once more:

Priori, fifth at Four in 1926 ;
Kantar, 2nd at Four in 1929 ;
Ortello, 4th at Four in 1930 ;
Brantôme, 4th at Four in 1935 ;
Le Pacha, sixth at Four in 1942 ;
Ardan, 2nd at Four in 1945 and 4th at 5 in 1946 ;
Coronation, unplaced at Four in 1950 ;
La Sorellina, unplaced at Four in 1954 ;
Puissant Chef, sixth at Four in 1961 ;
San San, unplaced at Four in 1973 ;
Three Troikas, 4th at Four in 1980 ;
Detroit, unplaced at Four in 1981 ;
Carnegie, sixth at Four in 1995 ;
Helissio, sixth at Four in 1997 ;
Montjeu, 4th at Four in 2000 ;
Bago, third at Four in 2005 ;
Hurricane Run, third at Four in 2006 ;
Trève, 4th in 2015.

Fillies and mares

They gained 23 occasions : Pearl Cap (1931), Samos (1935), Corrida* (1936, 1937), Nikellora (1945), Coronation (1949), La Sorellina (1953), San San (1972), Allez France* (1974), Ivanjica* (1976), Three Troikas (1979), Detroit (1980), Gold River* (1981), Akiyda (1982), All Alongside* (1983), City Sea* (1993), Zarkava (2008), Danedream (2011), Solemia* (2012), Trève (2013, 2014*), Discovered* (2016) and Allow (2017).

“It is our duty to provide the best possible ground for all competitors so that they can all give their best. The introduction of the open stretch would not allow us to take full advantage of a portion of ground completely new next to the rail. The open stretch naturally leads the horses to a section of the track that has been used intensively since the spring. We have decided to give up the open stretch the day before too. The open stretch has considerably improved the regularity of the races but the top priority is the quality of the course we offer. When the two do not prove compatible, the choice imposes itself. ” winners at Four.

Eleven had run within the Prix de Diane, together with 6 winners (Pearl Cap, Nikellora, La Sorellina, Allez France, Zarkava, Trève), Three second (Samos, Three Troikas, Akiyda) and a couple of, All Alongside and City Sea, fifth and sixth resepctively.

Three disqualifications.
Four October 1925. On account of his third-place end behind Massine the earlier yr and 6 different victories (together with the Cadran and the Prix du Président de la République), the Four-year-old Cadum – ridden by Matthew MacGee and educated by Clément Duval – was favorite for the Arc (11/10). And he handed the end submit first, a size forward of Priori. However his quite a few backers began to sweat when the siren sounded. Baron Edouard de Rothschild’s horse had strayed astray simply earlier than the end, chopping throughout Priori’s path. Consequently, the latter was declared the winner by race stewards. The lucky Priori (40/1) ridden by Marcel Allemand, belonged to Rely Gérard de Chavagnac and was educated by Percy Carter. He had simply gained the Prix Royal Oak.

Four October 1959. A neck-and-neck end. Everybody needed to wait thirty-two minutes to find the winner: twelve for the examination of the photograph, then twenty to review the movie (launched a month earlier than). Ultimately, it was established that the primary 5 horses respectively have been “separated” by a lifeless warmth, a brief head and two brief necks. However on the intervention of the stewards, Midnight Solar (50/1) – ridden by Jacques Fabre, owned by François Dupré and educated by François Mathet – was demoted to second place for having obstructed his “dead-heater” Saint Crespin (17/1), himself owned by Prince Aly Khan, ridden by George Moore and educated by Alec Head. Third was Le Loup Garou (45/1) forward of Mi Carina (40/1) and England’s Primera (9/1).

6 October 1985. The earlier yr’s winner, Sagace, Daniel Wildenstein’s 5-year-old educated by Patrick Biancone, was the recent favorite (6/10). Upon getting into the house straight, Sagace, tight on the rail, was heading for the end submit. The one hazard was Rainbow Quest, who was gaining floor and getting nearer to the rail. Whipped to the fitting by his new jockey Eric Legix, Sagace as an alternative veered left, putting Rainbow Quest twice. On passing the submit, Sagace was forward by a neck from Rainbow Quest (fading quick). The incident handed virtually unnoticed. Whereas the gang was acclaiming the French victory, the siren sounded to announce a grievance by the jockey of the English horse. After seven minutes delay, a crestfallen public learnt of the disqualification of their favorite. The quick broadcast of the movie on the tv screens, whereas not soothing the spirits, offered proof of the fault. An attraction towards the choice was submitted, arguing that Rainbow Quest had left the surface and approached Sagace, thereby inflicting the latter’s defensive reflex, Regardless of being judged admissible, this attraction was deemed to be with out basis. The fortunate beneficiaries of the stewards’ troublesome determination have been Prince Khalid Abdullah, the coach Jeremy Tree and the jockey Pat Eddery.

A disqualification.
2006 introduced a serious shock a number of days after the Arc de Triomphe, when the Japanese horse Deep Impression was disqualified from third place because of the presence in his urine of a prohibited substance, ipratropium, a bronchodilator administered to him by inhalation. His coach revealed that the Japanese champion had certainly been handled for the onset of bronchitus and that his failure to understand the medicine’s persistence was behind this infringement. He was fined €15,000. In 1903, French racing’s directors have been the primary to ban using any type of stimulant forward of an occasion. In 2006, the French directors utilized the laws set by the European racing authorities, that are far more stringent than these governing different sports activities.


5 coaching nations gained the Arc: France (66 wins), United Kingdom (15), Eire (7), Italy (6) and Germany (2).


6 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winners additionally sired a winner :

Biribi (1926), sire of Le Pacha (1941)
Djebel (1942), sire of Coronation (1949).
Ribot (1955 and 1956), sire of Molvedo (1961) and Prince Royal (1964).
Sea Chook (1965), sire of Allez France (1974)
Rainbow Quest (1985), sire of Saumarez (1990)
Montjeu (1999), sire of Hurricane Run (2005).

7 sires gave multiple winner:

Brûleur (Three winners),
Tourbillon, Ribot, Riverman, Sadler’s Wells, Montjeu and Cape Cross (2 winners).

The three firsthorses residence within the 2016 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe have been all sired by Galileo, a son of the good 1992 profitable mare City Sea, therefore a brother to 2009 renewal winner Sea the Stars. earlier than City Sea, one notes that Detroit, profitable mare in 1980, foaled Carnegie, winner in 1994.

House owners

Marcel Boussac (6 wins) : Corrida (1936, 1937), Djebel (1942), Ardan (1944), Caracalla (1946) and Coronation (1949).
Casaque Aga Khan (6 wins) : Migoli (1948), Nuccio (1952), Akiyda (1982), Sinndar (2001), Dalakhani (2003) and Zarkava (2008).
Khalid Abdullah (5 wins) : Rainbow Quest (1985), Dancing Courageous (1986), Rail Hyperlink (2006) Workforce (2010) and Allow (2017).
Daniel Wildenstein (Four wins) : Allez France (1974), All Alongside (1983), Sagace (1984) and Peintre Célèbre (1997).
Michael Tabor (Four wins) : Montjeu (1999), Hurricane Run (2005), Dylan Thomas* (2007) and Discovered (2016).
Casaque Wertheimer (Three wins) : Ivanjica (1976), Gold River (1991) and Solemia (2012).
Robert Sangster (Three wins) : Alleged (1977, 1978) and Detroit (1980).

* In affiliation with Susan Magnier and/or Derrick Smith.


André Fabre (7 wins) : Trempolino (1987), Subotica (1992), Carnegie (1994), Peintre Célèbre (1997), Sagamix (1998), Hurricane Run (2005) and Rail Hyperlink (2006).
Charles Semblat (Four wins): Djebel (1942), Ardan (1944), Caracalla (1946) and Coronation (1949).
François Mathet (Four wins) : Tantième (1950, 1951), Sassafras (1970) and Akiyda (1982).
Alec Head (Four wins) : Nuccio (1952), Saint Crespin (1959), Ivanjica (1976) and Gold River (1991).
Frank Carter (Three wins) : Mon Talisman (1927), Pearl Cap (1931) and Samos (1935).
Etienne Pollet (Three wins): La Sorellina (1953), Sea Chook (1965) and Vaguely Noble (1968).
Vincent O’Brien (Three wins): Ballymoss (1958) and Alleged (1977, 1978).
Saeed Bin Suroor (Three wins) : Lammtarra (1995), Sakhee (2001) and Marienbard (2002).
Christiane Head-Maarek (Three wins, solely lady to coach a winner) : Three Troikas (1979) and Trêve (2013, 2014).

In 2016 at Chantilly, Irish coach Aidan O’Brien’s Discovered, Highland Reel and Order of Saint George completed 1st, 2nd and third.


Lanfranco Dettori (5 wins): Lammtarra (1995), Sakhee (2001), Marienbard (2002), Golden Horn (2015) and Allow (2017) ;
Olivier Peslier (Four wins): Helissio (1996), Peintre Célèbre (1997), Sagamix (1998) and Solemia (2012) ;
Thierry Jarnet (Four wins): Subotica (1992), Carnegie (1994) and Trêve (2013, 2014) ;
Pat Eddery (Four wins): Detroit (1980), Rainbow Quest (1985), Dancing Courageous (1986) and Trempolino (1987).
Freddy Head (Four wins): Bon Mot (1966), San San (1972), Ivanjica (1976) and Three Troikas (1979) ;
Yves Saint-Martin (Four wins): Sassafras (1970), Allez France (1974), Akiyda (1982) and Sagace (1984) ;
Jacques Doyasbère (Four wins) : Djebel (1942), Ardan (1944) and Tantième (1950, 1951).

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