by ANNIE DALE PARIS may be considered the most romantic city in the world but it also provides one of the greatest races in the horse racing calendar. A two-day festival, the big race takes place on October 7 and returns to the famous Longchamp after being held in Chantilly for the past two years. It’s considered one of Europe’s classics and the prize money is in the millions. Located in the heart of Paris, just a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, it’s a fantastic weekend and one that’s surprisingly reasonably priced too.
The tickets start at around €12 but of course you can get tickets for as luxurious as your budget takes you. It’s certainly a race for Paris’ elite, with them showing up in their droves to sup champagne and enjoy the very finest France has to offer.
Last Year’s Race
Last year Enable took the crown after a stunning year which saw her also take the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Epsom Oaks, Cheshire Oaks and Irish Oaks. The John Gosden trained horse is favourite for 2018.
Cloth of Stars and Ulysses finished second and third respectively, the former also having a good 2017. It was a fabulous race day over in Chantilly and provided a record fifth win for jockey Frankie Dettori who has also won with Lammtarra, Sakhee, Marienbard and Golden Horn back in 2015. Interestingly it was the sixth female winner in the past seven races.
Contenders for 2018
If you’re looking to back your winner early, there are plenty of bookies already providing odds. You can find a list of bookies sign up offers perfect for backing, while most will also be offering a non runner no bet offer.
As stated, last year’s winner Enable is currently favourite for the autumn race, with Cracksman second with the bookies at 7/1.
Another British thoroughbred, the Gosden horse was sired by Frankel and has already won the Prix Ganay and Coronation Cup this year. The four-year-old is joined among the hotly tipped by Poet’s Word. The five-year-old has picked up two wins in its last two outings, picking up the Prince of Wales Stakes at Ascot and a win at Sandown towards the end of May. Other contenders include Saxon Warrior at 10/1, Masar at 12/1 and Crystal Ocean at 14/1