Run annually, on the first Sunday in October at Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, with a purse of approximately 4 million Euros attracts top-class thoroughbreds from all over the world to contest this event. As one of the richest weekends of racing in the world, with 16 group races held over the two day racing extravaganza for a combined prize pool of over 6.7 million Euros, the excitement of the weekend culminates in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
This Group One race for three year olds run over a distance of 2,400 meters is considered the ultimate test for thoroughbred horses. Nearly 50,000 spectators attend this not to be missed event each year. The 57 hectare Longchamp racecourse built in 1857 on the bank of the Seine river has been home of ‘The Arc’ since its inauguration in 1920 in celebration of the Allies’ victory in World War I. It has recently undergone a €145 million refurbishment program.