Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe
Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe is a popular racing event which take takes place at Longchamp Racecourse. The Longchamp Racecourse is 2,400 metres long and takes place annually, on a weekend in October.
The history of Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe began in 1863 when the French racing governing body created the Grand Prix de Paris, an event that allowed only thoroughbreds to compete.
A second horse-racing event Prix du Conseil Municipal then superseded that race and a handicap system introduced to the competition. In 1920, a third change to the race made the race an international affair and showcased French thoroughbreds.
After the First World War the race was briefly named Arc de Triomphe, named after a famous monument. The first Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe took place 3rd October 1920 and the winner was the horse Comrade with the jockey Frank Bullock.
Throughout the Second World War, the race was postponed a few times, and money to fund the race came from a lottery, with the government resuming funding in 1949.
The prize money for Prix De L'Arc De Triomphe is one of the highest in horse-racing and has increased when the race became sponsored by the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) and currently stands at 4 million Euros.