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“prix d'arc de triumph”

Longchamp Racecourse
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

Everyone should go to this fantastic race meeting .Easy to get there the French even lay on free buses from metro.Remember ladies wear a hat and entrance free.Always the first weekend in October even better when you win

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Reviewed 13 October 2013

I was the first to commend the cheap ticket prices for the prix de l'arc de triomphe - 'rip off britain' were infact the words I used!!

I now understand why the tickets were so cheap. The facilities and grandstand were completely in need of a refurb, the toilets were smelly and dirty (the portaloos were better!), one of the staff was asleep behind a counter, paint was peeling off crumbling walls.

It's a different experience to English racing - so I am not judging my score based upon my preferences. Most people wore jeans / dressed casually to this event. One of the races took place across part of the course which cannot be viewed by spectators at the event (found this strange!).

Moet champagne was 90 euros a bottle - do they import their champagne?! Lol. Which was to be fair, ridiculous. Wine was 20 euros a bottle which seemed reasonable at a major sporting event. But they ran out of white wine at one bar before the first race.

2 beers and 2 large, but bland, baguettes were 35 euro.

The actual main race was fantastic.

Would I go again? Definitely not. I'd rather pay over the odds for entry but be faced with clean tidy facilities and reasonable drink prices.

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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Booked a trip at the last moment as my husband want to go to the big race, stayed at Auteuil tour eiffel hotel which was about a 10 min walk to the nearest metro and then two stops to the Pont Auteuil stop for the free shuttle (navette) to the racecourse. This was very efficient, plenty of busses. The ride was bout 15 mins to the racecourse and then there was a short walk across the grass (OK as long as it doesn't rain) to the course. We thought we'd get there reasonably early to avoid long lines, but at 11am the lines were enormous to get in even with tickets. The line moved quickly though and we soon found our way through to the Garden Arcs where we had seats (this was a good move). As expected the place was packed. We had brought a couple of filled baguettes with us (another good move) and wish that we had brought drinks as well. Many people brought picnics. Looked to have a glass of champagne and the price was 24.50 euros and served in a plastic glass, a bottle of moet was 90 euros. A little steep I thought. The beer was 10 euros for .5 litre. Longchamp is a strange track as you can't see much of the races from anywhere which seems weird, but thank heavens for large TV screens so we could watch on there and just see the last few furlongs as the horses thundered past. There was a hat 'tent' that was very popular, selling panamas and fascinators at very reasonable prices. The only thing that let it down a little was the ladies toilets, they were clean but about half of them were out of order which resulted in huge lines. All in all though a great day out and we had the winner of the big race to make it even better!!

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Reviewed 10 October 2013

We went to the races on both days.

On saturday i booked a table in the panoramic restaurant which not only overlooked the racecourse but you could see the eiffel tower also. Lunch was great and had a wonderful day.

Sundau was equally good but far more crowds on sunday so beware.

You can get a weekend pass which cost 14 euros excellent value.

Will be going next year.

4  Thank 23dreams
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Visited for the Arc meeting this year. Entrance was just 10 euros. You can book online in advance or just pay on the day.

95% of people make an effort and dress up for this, there is no formal dress code though. We felt slightly under dressed as had been wrongly advised that people didn't go too smart but they certainly do. There is a free and very well organised shuttle bus from the local metro.

Betting on the French tote was easy and quick enough and very easy to collect if you backed a British winner, not so if you back a French winner due to the huge queues!

Of course food and drink is very expensive in here and inline with the busy tourist parts of the city. 500ml draught beer was 10 euros and this ran out very quickly. There were 330ml cans of Kronenbourg and Carlsberg for sale at 6.50 euros too. Champagne was 90 euros for a bottle. Ice cream was 4 euros and there was food available but did not see the price of this. The queues for the bar were never more than 5 minutes.

The racing was a real treat of course with 6 Group 1 races, the 9 horse card spanned nearly 5 hours though and it was a long old day. It empties out very quickly after the Arc itself though.

Personally I enjoyed the experience but would not rate it on par with either Royal Ascot, Cheltenham, Glorious Goodwood or Newmarket. It was nice though not to have the drunken masses like in the UK who do not care about the racing. Maybe worth another visit when the redevelopment is complete in a few years time.

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