Arc De Triomphe
The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is regarded as the premier Group 1 horse race in Europe which is open to thoroughbreds, three-years-old or above and is run over a distance of 1Â½ miles. It takes place annually at the famous Longchamp Racecourse in Paris on the first Sunday in October.
The latest running in October 2008, the 'Arc' as it is commonly referred to, was won by the brilliant and unbeaten filly, Zarkava, who was subsequently hailed as the greatest filly ever.
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Race Card
The race is the feature of a two day racing extravaganza at Longchamp and is preceded on the second day by four other Group 1 races and is followed by a fifth Group 1, before the meeting is brought to a close with a handicap. The race card is as follows:
- Prix de l'Abbey - 5 Furlongs - Group 1 for two year olds and above.
- Prix Marcel Boussac - 1 Mile - Group 1 for two year old Fillies
- Prix Jean Luc Lagardere - 7 Furlongs - Group 1 for two year old fillies and colts
- Prix de l'Opera - 1 mile 2 Furlongs - Group 1 for Mares three year old and above
- Prix de l'Arc de Triomph - 1 mile 4 Furlongs - Group 1 for Colts and Fillies three year old and above.
- Arabian World Cup - 1 mile 2 Fulongs - Group 1 forÂ three year olds and above
- Prix Barzan - 1 mile 2 furlongs - Handicap forÂ four year olds and above
The Arc de Triomphe Odds has a Roll of Honour which is simply liettered with horse racing superstars. It is a race that only the very best can win and where only the very best do win. Just take a look at the past winners over the last ten years.
|2008||Zarkava||3||Christophe Soumillon||Alain de Royer-Dupre|
|2007||Dylan Thomas||4||Kieran Fallon||Aiden O'Brien|
|2006||Rail Link||3||Stephane Pasquier||Andre Fabre|
|2005||Hurricane Run||3||Kieran Fallon||Andre Fabre|
|2004||Bago||3||Thierry Gillet||Jonathan Pease|
|2003||Dalakhani||3||Christophe Soumillon||Alain de Royer-Dupre|
|2002||Marienbard||5||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor|
|2001||Sakhee||4||Frankie Dettori||Saeed bin Suroor|
|2000||Sinndar||3||Johnny Murtagh||John Oxx|
|1999||Montjeu||3||Mick Kinane||John Hammond|