The jockey James Reveley & So French win the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris 2017

GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE DE PARIS

19 & 20 MAY 2018 AUTEUIL RACECOURSE

GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE DE PARIS

1 TWO DAYS OF THRILLS

THE YEAR’S MOST SPECTACULAR JUMPS RACES!


The Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris event comprises two consecutive days of top-class sport, including some of the best jumps races in France.


Over a week-end, Auteuil racecourse hosts 10 hurdles races and 6 steeplechase races (find out more at the bottom of the page), including the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, which lends its name to this weekend of thrilling horseracing action!

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The Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris is a highly spectacular race, and one of the year’s most important sporting events.


The world’s most talented thoroughbreds coupled with highly experienced jockeys launch themselves onto the 3-mile 6-furlong course, the longest steeplechase course at Auteuil, which is dotted with 23 obstacles of various sizes and difficulties.


After 7 minutes of exertion comes the compensation! The race offers 850,000 euros in prize money, making it the most richly-rewarded jumps race in France.


Winning the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris is a true exploit, a dream come true for all jump jockeys, owners and trainers. It is the culmination of their whole career, a huge triumph!


Relive the 2017 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris:

So French, a gelding ridden by British jockey James Reveley and trained by Guillaume Macaire win for the second time the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris!

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2 KEY NUMBERS

THE GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE DE PARIS IS:

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THE MOST DAUNTING OBSTACLES:

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Rail Ditch and Fence


An obstacle of awe-inspiring proportions, which proves critical for victory!


This is the most daunting obstacle on the course, thanks to its massive proportions.
The horses must jump 5 metres across and 1.70m high to clear this combination, which is made up of a high rail, a deep ditch and a tall hedge.
Jumped at the end of the course, it is also known as the “Juge de Paix” as it is often a critical obstacle for victory.

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Rivière des Tribunes


A massive 8-metre jump, tackled twice!


Located just in front of the grandstand, this obstacle is made up of a hedge hiding a water jump, and requires the horses to jump 8 metres across! The Rivière des Tribunes features twice in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris course!


SOME EXPLANATIONS

Hurdles races:
Hurdles races include a minimum of 7 obstacles to jump. These 7 “hurdles” are identical and are 1.10m high.


Steeplechase races:
In this discipline, various different obstacles (walls, water jumps, etc.) are dotted along the course. Steeplechase obstacles are higher and more challenging than hurdles.
Steeplechase jumps vary from one race to another, and also from one racecourse to another.


TO SUM UP

7 minutes of intense effort for the horses and their jockeys


3 miles 6 furlongs long, one of the year’s longest steeplechase races


23 obstacles to jump, requiring a finely-tuned technique


A maximum of 20 horses at the start, coupled with highly experienced jockeys


Only 1 winner, who enters Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris legend!

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3 SINCE 1874

THE CROWNING OF THE BEST STEEPLECHASER SINCE 1874

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1977 - CORPS A CORPS- ©APRH


Originally called the Grand National d'Auteuil, the mission of this race was to become as prestigious as the British Grand National, held in Liverpool.


Its distance, having slightly varied over the centuries, is now set at 3 miles and 6 furlongs and requires exceptional stamina from the four-hoofed athletes.

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1966 - HYERES III- ©APRH

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RARELY REPEATED EXPLOITS


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Among the thousands of horses to have competed in over 139 editions of the event, only a handful have been able to win the race more than once.


Only 9 thoroughbreds have won the race twice:
- Wild Monarch (1878–1879)
- Dandolo (1904-1908)
- Ingré (1937-1939)
- Lindor (1946-1947)
- Huron (1969-1970)
- Ucello II (1993-1994)
- Kotkijet (2001-2004)
- Princesse d'Anjou (2006-2008)
- So French (2016 - 2017)


Over the years, three racing legends have been unveiled at Auteuil, a trio of illustrious mounts who managed to win the world’s most selective jumps race on three separate occasions!


The mare Hyères III, who won from 1964 to 1966, was the first. Katko (1988 to 1990) and, more recently, Mid Dancer (2007, 2011 and 2012) proved that this feat is still possible.

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1964 - HYERES III - ©APRH

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A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

1 EXPLORE THE OBSTACLES

ADMIRE AUTEUIL RACECOURSE'S LEGENDARY OBSTACLES UP CLOSE


At a safe distance away from the Auteuil turf, explore the life-size replicas of two of the racecourse’s most emblematic obstacles – the Rail Ditch and Fence, an obstacle of awe-inspiring proportions, and the Rivière des Tribunes, which requires a record-breaking jump of 8 metres – to help you put the participants’ exploits into perspective!


...AND SET OFF TO EXPLORE THE TEMPLE OF JUMPS RACING


Curious racegoers could join one of two different guided tours:


Tour of the course: A 45-minute tour to admire the formidable obstacles that the horses will face over the weekend from up close


Tour of the racecourse: A 45-minute tour behind the scenes of the racecourse.

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WATCH A RACE FROM UP CLOSE

Slip on a virtual reality headset and immerse yourself in the thick of the horse-racing action!


Admire the horses’ power as they leap over the jumps and get a thrill as you see the action happening before your very eyes!


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2 IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE HORSE-RACING EXPERIENCE

BECOME A HORSE RACING KNOW-ALL 

Learn everything you need to know about horse racing thanks to our coaches in the Easy Racing Zone! Our racing experts have the keys to unlock all the secrets of this exceptional sport.


Horse racing will no longer be a mystery thanks to them!


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WATCH A RACE FROM UP TO CLOSE

Slipped on a virtual reality headset and immerse yourself in the thick of the horse-racing action!


Admire the horses’ power as they leap over the jumps and get a thrill as you see the action happening before your very eyes!

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STEP INTO A JOCKEY'S STIRRUPS !

Learn how to ride like a real jockey and challenge your family and friends to a race. Urge your mount on in a bid to be first past the post!

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EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF BEING THE FIELD !

Embark on our Racing Experience and dive into the heart of a race, in the middle of a galloping field of runners!


Get a taste of what it feels like to be a real jockey!

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3 PONY RIDES AND MERRY GO ROUND

FANCY A BREAK FROM THE ACTION ?

Our ponies were on hand to take children aged 3 and over on a gentle stroll to gave them the riding bug!


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SAVOUR A SWEET CHILDHOOD MEMORY

Take a turn on one of the beautiful wooden horses in our traditional merry-go-round!


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EPIQE DAYS

1 EXCITEMENT GUARANTEED
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If you love spectacular sport and intense emotion, EpiqE Days are right up your street!

EpiqE Days are a whole new racing experience! A series of events that introduce newcomers to some exceptional disciplines such as jumps  racing and trotting, during which the world’s best jockeys compete, over the course of a day or a weekend, for the Best Jockey title. These top jockeys and drivers even hold meet-and-greets backstage at the  racecourse!


The EpiqE Days offer all this and much more… They are a guaranteed fun day out, something different to do with your family and friends, with entertainment and games to help you learn more about these equestrian disciplines. Dabble with virtual reality as you experience what it feels like to be in a horse race, learn how to back the right horse, have fun with your family, or enjoy a gourmet lunch with your friends…


Four exceptional events whose aim is to attract people who are eager to try a new experience into France’s most exceptional racecourses!


With your family, friends or partner, come and experience some top-class sporting action as you learn all about the rich equestrian culture of horse racing!

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2 EPIQE DAYS CHALLENGE
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THE CHALLENGE


Jump jockeys are outstanding competitors. During the Grand Steeple-Chase, they use all of their energy and skill in a bid to win the EpiqE Days Challenge, a title awarded to the jockey who notches up the most wins over the weekend.


In order to win the title, these top-level athletes must amass the highest number of points they can by finishing in the top 5 of every race run over the weekend.


Scores:

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Exception: in the Grand Steeple-Chase, the points scored will be doubled.


The final ranking of 2017 challenge:

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IT'S YOUR TURN TO PLAY


As part of the EpiqE Days Challenge, bet on the jockey you think is most likely to win the competition to be in with a chance of winning a VIP pack at the next EpiqE series event!

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3 EPIQE KIDS RACE

THE JOCKEYS AND HORSES WERE NOT THE ONLY ONES RACING!


Young racegoers are invited onto the Auteuil turf to take part in the EpiqE Kids race!

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USEFUL INFORMATION

1 TICKETING

TICKETING


From €5 for adults
Free of charge for children under 18


Racecourse gates open at 11.30 am.

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2 HOW TO GET TO AUTEUIL ?

HOW TO GET TO AUTEUIL ?


ADDRESS:
Auteuil Racecourse
Route d’Auteuil aux Lacs
75016 Paris


ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT


Metro
Line 10: Get off at “Porte d’Auteuil – Hippodrome


Bus
Get off at “Porte d’Auteuil
PC1, 52, 123 (every day)
32, 241 (except Sundays and Bank Holidays)


BY CAR
Paris ring road, “Porte d’Auteuil” exit
Parking on site, subject to availability

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3 CATERING

CATERING


FOOD TRUCKS ON THE RACECOURSE:
burgers
crêpes
waffles
sweets

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COEUR DE BLÉ BAR:
Hot and cold sandwiches, drinks.


PANORAMIC RESTAURANT:
Enjoy panoramic views of the action on the course while savouring a delicious lunch in the Hyères III restaurant.

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KARLY FLIGHT:
Admire the thoroughbreds parading around the paddock as you dine in the Karly Flight brasserie.

INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS:

Telephone:
– +33 1.42.88.84.85 (weekdays)
– +33 6.43.88.46.46 (weekdays and weekends)


Email:
reservationhippodromes@groupe-casino.fr

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4 AUTEUIL RACECOURSE

THE TEMPLE OF FRENCHJUMPSRACING

Auteuil racecourse is the capital of jumps racing in France, playing   host to all nine of France’s most important jumps races (called Group  I)  for both Hurdles and Steeplechase.

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The sensational aspect of jumps racing has played a huge role in the discipline’s popularity, as something exciting always happens in a jumps race, and spectators love the unexpected. Racing fans flock from all over France to attend the season’s greatest jumps racing events, the 48H de l’Obstacle in November and the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris in May.

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Thrilling horse racing action all year round!

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March, April & Mai 2018 Something different to do on a Sunday
Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris

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19th & 20th May 2018 - Auteuil The most spectacular jumps races
QIPCO Prix du Jockey Club

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3rd June 2018 - Chantilly Be there when history is made
Prix de Diane Longines

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17th June 2018 - Chantilly The world’s most glamorous race day
FG Garden Party - Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris

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14th July 2018 - ParisLongchamp The best discs and jockeys
Meeting de Deauville Lucien Barrière

Meeting de Deauville Lucien Barrière

from 28th July to 29th August - Deauville-La Touques The very best jockeys in the summer’s top races
Qatar Arc Trials

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16th September - ParisLongchamp The ultimate dress rehearsal
Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

6th and 7th October - ParisLongchamp The crowing of a legend
48H de l'Obstacle

48H de l'Obstacle

4th & 5th November 2018 - Auteuil Every second counts