Winning Post visits the French capital to witness the return of the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe to its rightful home at the newly renovated Paris Longchamps Racecourse.
In 2015, Longchamps, in the heart of Paris, closed its doors to undergo a huge revamp. Since then, the world’s richest turf race, the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, has taken up temporary residence in France’s spiritual home of the thoroughbred, Chantilly, home to some of France’s best-known trainers. Aly Vance visits one of them, the now legendary Criquette Head. Between them, she and her brother Freddy have been responsible for seven victories in the race that’s more simply known as “The Arc”.
Making the 50 km journey back to the capital on the eve of the event, she takes in the sights of the so-called “City of Light” before attending what is not just a race meeting but a highlight of the French social calendar. Taking a grand tour of the new look racetrack, she finds out the inspiration behind the $145 million dollar refurbishments and, more importantly, what some of the racing industry’s leading names feel about the transformation. She also finds time to meet the UK’s William Haggas, whose filly Sea of Class is one of the bookies favourites in the 97th renewal of this iconic race.