Longchamp Racing

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One of the great world cities, Paris has no shortage of world class attractions to match its status. Lovers of culture, history, and gastronomy are particularly well served in the well known tourist hotspots but there is a city attraction off the tourist trail which embodies all these classic Parisian traits and that is ParisLongchamp Racecourse.

Immortalised in canvas by Manet and Degas, Longchamp racing has been a feature of the French capital since 1857 and continues today to thrill and delight massive crowds.

The racecourse, in French the Hippodrome de ParisLongchamp, is situated on the banks of the Seine in the Bois de Boulogne district of Paris.

The most famous racecourse in France, it is also one of the world’s foremost thoroughbred racing venues.

Free shuttle buses carry race fans to the course from the Porte d’Auteuil metro station for the big races and there is a tramway stop too at Suresnes-Longchamp, which connects with the metro system at La Defence- Grande Arche.

Thoroughbred Flat tracing is held at Longchamp throughout the season from March to early November. Notable Longchamp racing events include the 1000 and 2000 Guineas and the Grand Prix de Paris but the highlight is undoubtedly the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe, held each year in October. The ‘Arc’ defines Longchamp racing to the world and is a sporting event of international standing and prestige. Open to horses three years and older, the race is competed over a distance of 2400metres (1 ½ miles) and has recently become the richest prize on turf, outside Japan.

Hosted at ParisLongchamp since 1920, the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe forms the centrepiece of a meeting which comprises no less than seven Grade I and four Grade II races.

The course actually has four interconnected tracks with 46 different start points capable of hosting races between 1000m and 4000m. The course requires all the skills of true champions including speed and certainly stamina when faced with the famous hill section of the track.

Longchamp races are a truly thrilling spectacle, held at a course which exemplifies all the style, elegance and hospitality of the incredible city it represents. Guided tours are a great way to a feel for the place and there are many ticketing and hospitality options available for individuals, families, groups and corporate gatherings.
Longchamp Racing, inside rail

Dining is a particular pleasure in Paris and within ParisLongchamp makes the perfect accompaniment to some classic racing. Different dining options are available, from the traditional bistro environment of Gladiateur Brasserie, behind the main Grandstand, to the Panoramique Restaurant within the new Grandstand which offers 180 degree race viewing.

Longchamp Racing, winner A further option available during the ‘Arc’ meeting is a marquee complex known as the Village d’Honneur. Situated across from the main Grandstand and right on the rails, this area places guests right at the heart of the Longchamp racing action.

A restaurant package can be tailored to specific sizes and styles of groups but will typically comprise a admission to the course and restaurant facility, a booked restaurant table for the day with quality four course lunch, and access to a private bar and betting facilities. Additional features may include a champagne reception and there are options for combining a business meeting or other private function with some superb racing. For the complete VIP treatment, private boxes and suites represent the ultimate raceday experience.

Those spending some time in Paris have endless ways in which enjoy the city but incorporating some Longchamp racing into the itinerary makes for a more in-depth Parisian adventure. The most popular races are in May and October but any raceday at Longchamp is sure to be time well spent.