The Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris
is a Group 1 steeplechase
which is open to horses
aged five years or older. It is run at Auteuil
over a distance of 5,800 metres (about 3 miles and 5 furlongs), and during its running there are twenty-three fences to be jumped. It is the richest and most prestigious jumps race in France, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late May.
The event was first run on May 25, 1874, and it was initially known as the Grand National de France
. It was intended to be the French equivalent of the Grand National
, a famous steeplechase in England. It was originally a handicap race
, and it was open to horses aged four or older. The inaugural running was contested over 6,400 metres, and this was cut to 6,000 metres in its second year. The race was given its present title, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris
, in 1876. Its distance was extended to 6,500 metres in 1889.
The race ceased to be a handicap in 1890, when a fixed "weight-for-age
" system was introduced. Four-year-old horses were required to carry 62½ kg, five-year-olds 70 kg and older horses 72½ kg. A penalty of 6 kg was incurred on the previous winners of either this race or the Grand National. The basic weights were subsequently modified several times, and the penalty was gradually reduced until it was eventually discontinued.
The Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris was abandoned throughout World War I
, with no running from 1915 to 1918. Its length was increased to 6,900... Read More