The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend is the most important and most anticipated meeting of the season! At mythical Longchamp track, France Galop organises 17 high-class races – including the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the legendary World Thoroughbred Championship race that lends its name to the weekend.
The world thoroughbred championship
The world’s best Thoroughbreds from Europe and Asia, ridden by the most celebrated jockeys, give their all in the quest to become part of the race’s history by winning a race that unfolds in a supercharged atmosphere generated by 61 000 spectators at Longchamp.
Auctioneers Arqana estimate that the combined value of the 17 horses which lined up for the 2013 Arc renewal approached 90 Million Euros – or an average of 5 Million Euros per horse!
In sporting terms, the 2014 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe delivered everything it had promised. The French filly Trêve – owned by Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani, trained by Christiane Head-Maarek and ridden by Thierry Jarnet – defended her crown for the second year running, having won the race in 2013. In 2015 she will aim to becoming the first horse in history to win the Arc for a third time!
The sporting challenge reflects what is at stake. In partnership with the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the world’s richest race on turf, worth 5 Million Euros. And the Qatar Arabian World Cup, the most important race of the season for Purebred Arabians, is worth 1 Million Euros.
During this equine summit the racing world gathers at Longchamp: owners from all over the world, exceptional horses and the most experienced jockeys. For two days the spectacle unfolds at the racecourse, while spectators make the stands resonate with excitement.
A race coveted by Japanese champions
Japanese horsemen consider the Arc to be the most important race in the world. To win it is the goal of this passionate horseraceloving nation. Since 1969 Japanese horses have tried no less than 14 times to win the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe by sending their best champions to France. However, so far, they have failed to win it.
A glamorous and festive event
The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is also a glamorous and festive rendezvous. At a time when hats are making a big come-back in the fashion world, the racetrack remains the ultimate place to show them off. On Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Trimophe day, a major fashion competition emdeavours to crown the most beautiful couples.
A global media event
Each year, nearly 600 journalists from all over the world come to report on the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend. Japanese, Qataris, Americans, Australians, British, Spanish – and naturally French – all come to Longchamp to communicate the event to its one billion global fan base.
In 2014, the Arc was turned into a significant event within Paris, thanks to its organiser France Galop and its partner the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club and the Qatar Commmitee of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. It featured a comprehensive poster campaign, a promotional video broadcast on the TNT channel, banner decorations in the Arc colours along the Champs-Elysées, an Arc launch cruise on the Seine in the presence of the 2014 ambassador, actress Juliette Binoche, and an evening video projection against the backdrop of the Ecole Militaire building’s entire facade…
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