If you ask any Frenchman why the month of October is special, he'll tell you, with pride, that October means the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe - the premier horse racing event in Europe.
L'Arc de Triomphe Betting prospects
The "Arc," run at the famous Longchamp racecourse, is the richest race in Europe attracting a classic field of exceptional race horse winners. Racegoers flock to Longchamp, one of the most prestigious flat racing tracks in the world. The mile-and-a-half track is a supreme challenge, with up and downhill sections and a tricky, rising home straight following the final bend - a fantastic prospect for Horse Racing Betting fans and regular racegoers.
Longchamp provides it all - from their superb grandstand and betting facilities, to the first class cuisine served in the many restaurants and tents. A day at the Arc, is a day racegoers will never forget.
L'ARC DE TRIOMPHE RACE HISTORY
The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (originally known as the Grand Prix de Paris), was first run on October 3rd 1920. The Grand Prix de Paris, first held on May 31st 1863, was open to colts and fillies from any country and was run on a Sunday over 3,000 metres. On January 24th 1920, the French racing authorities decided to create a highly prestigious international race that would complement the Grand Prix de Paris. And so the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was born - its title a tribute to the French soldiers that served in the Great War. The winner of the inaugural race in 1920 was Comrade. Second across the line was King's Cross and Pleurs was third.
THE L'ARC DE TRIOMPHE COURSE
At the heart of the bois de Boulogne in France, is approximately 68 hectares that comprises the Longchamp Racecourse, a name synonymous with the sport of kings.
Sunday 27th April 1857, exactly 162 years ago this year, saw the first ever race at Longchamp which was enjoyed by a crowd of thousands. The Emperor Napoleon III and his wife Eugénie attended having sailed down the Seine on their private yacht to watch the third race. Up until 1930, keen racegoers could sail down the river to the Longchamps racecourse - the trip taking about an hour to the Pont de Suresnes.
Arc De Triomph Free Bets
As you can imagine, with this being such a huge event, betting offers are abundant during before and during the meeting.