G1 Arc de Triomphe Card Features 5 ‘Win and You’re In’ Breeders’ Cup Races

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The anticipated arrival of this outstanding renewal of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is upon us. This week we look at the numbers behind the contenders of Europe’s feature flat race including course record, season numbers plus much more.

The three-year-old plus contest is run over 2400m at Longchamp and is scheduled to take place each year, usually on the first Sunday in October.

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Popularly referred to as the “Arc”, it is Europe’s most esteemed all-aged horse race. The roll of honour features a long list of heroic champions from a variety of ages, nationality, and sex.

The history of the race spans back to the nineteenth century with the event initially restricted to thoroughbreds born and bred in France. In 1863, the Grand Prix de Paris was introduced to bring together the best three-year-olds across the globe. Thirty years later the Prix du Conseil Municipal was founded, an international race for the leading horses of different age groups. On the 24th January 1920 a new race was created to complement the Grand Prix de Paris, serving as a showcase for French thoroughbred breeding. It would have similar characteristics to the Prix du Conseil Municipal, but with each horse competing at level weights. Following World War I, it was decided that the race would be named after the Arc de Triomphe, a famous monument which had been the scene of a victory parade by the Allies in 1919.

The first ever running of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe  took place on Sunday 3rd October 1920. It was won by a three-year-old colt called Comrade owned by Evremond de Saint-Alary. The winner received a prize of 150,000 francs.

No horse has ever won the race three times with eight having scored twice in the feature contest. Superstar jockey Frankie Dettori is the leading jockey having won it an outstanding six times whilst Andre Fabre leads the way in the training ranks with a staggering eight victories. The 2016 winner Found currently holds the record time, although it should be noted that success came at Chantilly.

This year’s highly awaited renewal has been billed by most as one of the best in recent years. The line-up features a star-studded field with the likes of English Derby and Oaks winners Adayar and Snowfall taking their place. Hurricane Lane will look to become the first horse to ever complete the G1 St Leger (2900m) and G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2400m) double, whilst world-class Irish mare Tarnawa will be attempting to emulate her success in the G1 Prix de l’Opera (2000m) last year.

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Source: FrenchPMU

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