Feature Race: Prix
de l'Arc de Triomphe
The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe is a Group 1 flat horse race in France which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Longchamp over a distance of 2,400 metres (about 1½ miles), and it is scheduled
to take place each year, usually on the first Sunday in October.
Popularly referred to as the "Arc", it is the most prestigious horse
race in Europe, and one of the most renowned international events in any sport. Many winners of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe are
subsequently regarded as champions, and its roll of honour features such highly acclaimed racehorses as Ribot, Sea-Bird, Mill Reef and Dancing Brave. With a prize fund of 4 million euros, it is presently the world's second richest horse
race contested on turf, after the Japan Cup.
A slogan of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, first used on a promotional
poster in 2003, describes the event as "Ce n'est pas une course, c'est un monument" – "Not so much a race as