Horse racing fans prepare for the most prestigious even in the horse racing world:the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2016
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is simply “the greatest horse race in the world”. With a tradition that dates back to the year 1920 this group 1 flat race is among the most prestigious events in the horse racing world. What awaits us on October 1st and 2nd is its 95th edition which will be run at the monumental Longchamp over a distance of 2,400 meters. Needless to say that the The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a gathering of the most acclaimed world jockeys and horses and also the second richest horse race in the world, after the Dubai World Cup. If you are a horse race lovers and bet on sports in France fans to sit in front of the TV and enjoy the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe excitement.
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was first run on Sunday 3 October 1920. As it was the end of the World War I, it was decided that the race would be named after the Arc de Triomphe, a famous monument which had been the scene of a victory parade by the Allies in 1919.The first edition of the race was won by Comrade, a three-year-old colt owned by Evremond de Saint-Alary and won a prize of 150,000 francs.
• The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the most prestigious horse race in the world
• EUR 5 million is the prize for the 2400m race winner
• “Postpone” is this year’s favorite
Many things changed after the first edition, the most important being the start of a Governmental funding of the race which considerably raised the prizes to incredible 50 million francs in the 1950s. As online gambling sites in Ireland claim, in 1982 the lottery system diminished and the race went under the umbrella of several different sponsors, the current being the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC).
Facts and figures of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2016
The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe 2016 will feature 15 flat races, nine of which have a Group 1 status, which is the highest category of a horse race in the world. The two most important events in the program are certainly the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe race on 2400m (approximately 1 and a half miles) as well as the Qatar Arabian World Cup run over a distance of 2000m (approximately 1 mile and 2 furlongs) and reserved for horses aged 4 and over. The price for the first race is EUR 5 million while the prize for the winner of the second one is EUR 1 million. These two races definitely offer the highest attraction on the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe where horses reach speeds of around 68 km/h in their final stretch.
UK sportsbooks mention that among the 26 Arcs from 1990 and 2015, 20 of the winners were three-years-olds which is a 75% strike-rate for that age group. Some of the important last winners include Zarkava in 2008, Sea The Stars in 2009, Workforce in 2010, Danedream in 2011 and Treve in 2013. France has been the most successful country accoring to the numbers of victories on the race with 62 wins, followed by Great Britian with 14 and Ireland by 5.
The betting odds
The bookies all over the world have already posted their betting odds concerning this year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. online sportsbooks in the UK such as bet365 assign as favorite for winning the main race on 2400 m, “Postpone” with odds of 2.75. Way behind “Postpone” are “Almanzor” with 6.00 and Makahiki with 7.00. Betvictor offers the same odds for the race too, while Skybet has the highest odds for Postpone to win of 3.25.