The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe 2020


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Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Tickets

The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, known as “the Arc” for short, is an annual horse racing event held during the first weekend of October. This prestigious race usually takes place at the Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France. Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe tickets are a prized possession for horse racing fans who seek to catch a glimpse of Europe’s finest flat and thoroughbred races.

A promotional poster used in 2003 described the event as “Ce n’est pas une course, c’est un monument,” which means, “It’s not a race, it’s a monument.”  

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Longchamp Racecourse, Paris, France





Race type

Flat | Thoroughbred




1 ½ miles




US $5,500,000 (2019)

1st Place Purse

US $3,100,000 




About Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

The Qatar Prix de ‘Arc de Triomphe is considered to be the world’s best horse race. It features group 1 statuses horses, which are the highest category in horse racing. Winners of the prestigious competition are regarded as champions and awarded rich prize money. 

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe History

In 1806, the Arc de Triomphe was commissioned by Napoleon. The origins of its name came from Napoleon’s desire to honor his Grande Armee (“Grand Army”), which was considered to be the most invincible army Europe has ever seen. After the Austerlitz victory in 1805, Napolean said to his soldiers: “You will return home through the arch of triumph.”

Thoroughbred races were famous in France and restricted to horses that were born and raised in the country up until 1863. By the late 1800s, the Prix du Counseil Municipal was formed and introduced an international race for the world’s leading horses in different age groups. This event was called the Grand Prix de Paris. 

The coming of World War I led to the renaming of the race after the Arc de Triomphe. In 1920, the Prix de ‘Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated on October 3, 1920. 

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Stats

Most Successful Horses (2 wins)


1921, 1922


1930, 1932


1936, 1937


1950, 1951


1955, 1956


1977, 1978


2013, 2014


2017, 2018

Leading Jockey

Frankie Dettori (6 titles)

Lammtarra (1995)

Sakhee (2001)

Marienbard (2002)

Golden Horn (2015)

Enable (2017, 2018)

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Purse

In 2008, Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) became the official sponsor of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The result of this new sponsorship led to the prize money doubling from €2 million to €4 million. 

Over the years, the prize money has continued to increase with the 2019 purse being worth €5 000 000. The Prix de l‘Arc de Triomphe has become Europe’s richest horse race.

Longchamp Racecourse

The Longchamp Racecourse, known as the Hippodrome de Longchamp in French, is a multi-track horse-racing facility in Paris, France. The facility covers more than 57-hectares with several racetracks that vary in length from 1,000 to 4,000 meters. 

On April 27, 1857, the Longchamp Racecourse featured its first race which was attended, by Emperor Napoleon III and his wife. For more than a century, the Longchamp Racecourse has been known for is interlaced tracks and hilly courses that provide an exciting challenge for thoroughbred competitions. 

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is the most prestigious and horse racing highlight of the year at the Longchamp Racecourse. The event is held on the first weekend in October and attracts more than 60,000 spectators.