The Longchamp Racecourse
() is a 57 hectare horse-racing
facility located on the Route des Tribunes in the Bois de Boulogne
at Paris, France. Built on the banks of the Seine River
, it is used for flat racing
and is noted for its variety of interlaced tracks and a famous hill that provides a real challenge to competing thoroughbreds. It has several racetracks varying from 1,000 to 4,000 metres in length with 46 different starting posts. The course is home to more than half of the group one races
held in France. The highlight of the calendar is the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
. Held on the first weekend in October, the prestigious event attracts the best horses from around the world.
The first-ever race run at Longchamp was on Sunday, April 27, 1857 in front of a massive crowd. The Emperor Napoleon III
and his wife Eugénie
were present, having sailed down the Seine River on their private yacht to watch the third race. Until 1930, many Parisians came to the track down the river on steamboats and various other vessels, the trip taking around an hour to the Pont de Suresnes. The royal couple joined Prince Jérôme Bonaparte
and his son Prince Napoleon
in the Royal Enclosure alongside the Prince of Nassau, Prince Murat and the Duke of Morny, an avid racegoer. Non-aristocratic members of the upper classes were not permitted into the Royal enclosure and had to be content with watching from their barouche carriages on the lawn.
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