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GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE DE PARIS

YOUR HEART WILL SOAR AT EVERY OBSTACLE See you in 2023 Auteuil Racecourse

TWO DAYS OF THRILLS

1 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris weekend

SEL JEM WINS THE 2022 GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE DE PARIS!


Sel Gem gifts Guillaume Macaire his seventh win in the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, and this enables the horse's co-trainer Hector de Lageneste to break the ice in this race, whereas the Papot family are the on the mark for a third time in the feature.
 

Favourite for the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, the 5-year-old Sel Jem honoured his role by winning the most prestigious race of the French racing calendar. 

Jumping impeccably under his 42-year-old pilot Johnny Charron, who was winning his first Group 1 race, the winner applied the after burners in the latter stages by leaving Gex eight lengths adrift in second. Irish rider Franco de Port took third, having finished ahead of two horses trained by François Nicolle, Niko Has and Happy Monarch.

Sel Jem also pocketed the bonus of the inaugural edition of the Grand Steeple-Chase Masters series, having won two prior legs of this challenge (Prix Troytown and Prix Murat), plus the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. Sel Jem's connections (owner, trainer, jockey and stable staff) netted €150,000 as a result of this.

Sel Jem can also aspire to an additional bonus, worth €75,000, which will be awarded in the event of achieving the Grand Slam - if he adds the Prix La Haye Jousselin to his list of accomplishments in the autumn!

Sel Jem enabled Guillaume Macaire, his trainer, who now trains in partnership with the young Hector de Lageneste, to win this mythical race for a seventh time. He thereby becomes the new record holder in terms of victories in the race, having now eclipsed Bernard Sécly. The above training partnership is based at the La Palmyre racecourse, near Royan (Charente-Maritime). 


The horse carries the colours of the Papot family, which also made their mark 24 hours earlier in the Grande Course de Haies d'Auteuil (see below). Originally from the Nantes region, the Papots have dominated the French jumping owners’ rankings for the past ten years. 


Their blue and green colours were winning the Grand Steeple for a third time following the successes of On the Go (2018) and Bel la Vie (2013). The winner was bred in the Orne region by Florence Lormand.


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GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE DE PARIS WEEKEND


The Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris weekend 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 5 steeplechase races, including the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, which lends its name to this weekend of thrilling horseracing action!


Thrills and spills!


2022 Trailer :




Focus on the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris race:


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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!


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!



See you in 2023 for the next edition!


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 ZEturf 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

GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE MASTERS

1 Watch the champions prepare

GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE MASTERS


Watch the champions prepare in the first-ever edition of the Grand Steeple-Chase Masters!



France Galop is launching the first-ever edition of the GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE MASTERS.


Thanks to a variety of content posted on the @FranceGalop social media pages, the objective is two-fold. Firstly, to allow racing fans to boost their knowledge of the jumps discipline, and secondly to follow the champions’ preparations and the thrilling races scheduled in the run-up to the legendary Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. 


This race is renowned for its record-breaking distance of 3 ¾ miles on Auteuil racecourse, its 23 spectacular obstacles and its 820,000-euro purse, making it the most richly-rewarded race in the jumps calendar.



DISCOVER THE RACES


The GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE MASTERS are scheduled between the end of February and the end of April and consist of six Grand Prix run over the jumps at Auteuil racecourse: Prix Robert de Clermont-Tonnerre, Prix Troytown, Prix Murat, Prix Ingré and Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris.


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2 Grand Steeple-Chase Masters Quiz

GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE MASTERS QUIZ


Do you know everything there is to know about the Grand Steeple-Chase Masters?


☀️ Take part in our quiz for the chance to win a host of great prizes, including an unforgettable day out at the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris!

📆 Sunday 22nd May 2022
📍 Auteuil racecourse

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A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

1 Entertainment


GIVE YOUR CHILDREN A TREAT!

                            

MERRY-GO-ROUND

All aboard!


Choose your mount and take a turn on our traditional merry-go-round with your whole family! You can have as many goes as you like, and children ride free of charge!

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MEET THE PONIES

 A magical experience


Treat your children (aged 3 and over) to a free pony ride! Our “unicorn” ponies are on hand to give tiny tots a magical first experience in the saddle!


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SACK RACES AND PONY HOP RACE


Ready, set, go! All young racegoers are invited to take part in our sack races and Pony Hop Race organised on the racecourse.
Your children will be at the very heart of the action!

 

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...AND PONYCYCLE®!


Fancy an adventure? These new-generation rocking horses take children on a wonderful ride around the racecourse!  

A fun and safe introduction to life in the saddle.


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BOUNCY CASTLE


Children are also invited to play on our new bouncy castle, which is open all day long!


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JOIN THE ADVENTURE


Armed with a booklet that features a host of racing-themed games, children are invited to take part in a treasure hunt to discover the racecourse  and its typical sites.

A 45-50 minute itinerary, with a certificate and special gift up for grabs!


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CHILDREN'S RACE 

Let's hit the track

 

Ready, steady, go! Young ones are all invited to take part in a foot race on the track. 


And to make their Sunday even more memorable, they will have the chance to join the jockeys in the parade ring

Animation available on certain dates of the "Hippodrome en Famille".  Registration required on the day of the event, subject to availability.


Plus plenty of other surprises… So, are you in?


Entertainment and visuals are non-contractual and subject to change by the organisers.



2 Admire Auteuil Racecourse's


ADMIRE AUTEUIL RACECOURSE'S LEGENDARY OBSTACLES UP CLOSE


At Auteuil racecourse, you can admire life-sized replicas of the racecourse’s two most legendary obstacles, to give them an idea of what the horses and jockeys are faced with.


The Rail Ditch and Fence is a truly formidable combination, and the Rivière des Tribunes requires the  horses to jump over 8 metres across!


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ALL ABOUT HORSE-RACING


Learn everything you need to know about horse racing thanks to our coaches ! 


Our racing experts unlock you all the secrets of this exceptional sport to ensure that you could make the most of your day.


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USEFUL INFORMATION

1 Tickets

TICKETS


Gates open at 12noon.


- CHILDREN GO FREE!

*“General Category” entry free of charge for under 12s

- From €5 for adults (online special price, from €10 on-site)


BOOK NOW



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2 How to get to Auteuil

HOW TO GET TO AUTEUIL


Gates open at 12 noon


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 Hospitality

OUR PACKAGES

Experience the thrill of jumps racing from our lounges just outside Paris ! 



ELEGANCE

(Cocktail lunch reception)

€239 per person (VAT included)

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Treat your guests to a memorable reception in our elegant lounge

- Personal welcome in the lounge and seat in the stands
- Cocktail lunch reception, soft drinks, wines and Champagne at will*
- Acces to Weighing Area
- 1 parking space for every 4 people

BOOK



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PRESTIGE

(sit-down lunch)

€299 per person (VAT included)

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Enjoy a gastronomic lunch and watch the races in an elegant lounge

- Personal welcome
- Acces to Weighing Area
- Lunch in the Panoramic restaurant
- Official cocktail reception, in the Prestige lounge, soft drinks, wines and Champagne at will*
- Free 10€ betting voucher**
- 1 parking space for every 4 people


BOOK



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PLATINUM

(Coktail lunch reception, private)

€359 per person (VAT included)

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A top-class package in a elegant lounge panoramic views of the winning post


- Personal welcome in a private lounge

- Coktail lunch reception,soft drinks, wines and champagne at will*

- Access to Weighting Area

- Free €10 betting voucher** 

- 1 parking space for every 4 people


- AVAILABLE SOON -



OUR CORPORATE PACKAGES



- OUR PARTNERS -


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Pictures and offers none contractual.


*While stocks last. On the base of 2 glasses of wine, 2 glasses of champagne and unlimited softs.

Alcohol abuse is dangerous for your health, please drink with moderation.

**Gambling involves risks: debt, isolation, dependence. For help, call 09-74-75-13-13 (non-premium rate call).

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4 Stay nearby

STAY NEARBY

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For the 2020 edition, we decided to pay a lot of attention on your accomodation in order to make sure you will have a great journey. 

Our partner Revolugo has selected and negotiated the best accomodation deal evers in order to make sure you will have a great journey.


Find nearby hotels with rooms available for the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris


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PARTNERS, MEDIA & CONTACT

1 Partner

OUR PARTNER


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The Haras d'Etreham, a historic breeding stud in France, is supporting the jumping discipline by associating itself with a series of races dedicated to fillies starting with the Haras d'Etreham Prix d'Iéna (Listed).


2 Media

MEDIA CONTACT

France Galop Media Relations contact:


Héléna DUPUY

medias@france-galop.com

01.49.10.22.50


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3 Media partners

OUR MEDIA PARTNERS

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Equidia is the go-to TV channel for horse racing, and is available from all network operators.


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RMC Découverte - investigate documentaries by creative new French talent.

RMC Découverte - more powerful than fiction!


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In teaming up with the Grand Steeple - Chase de Paris, Le Parisien is once again undescoring its sporting DNA and its commitment to the Paris region and large scale sporting events.


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RMC, which stands for Radio Monte-Carlo, is a general-interest radio station. Get all news and sport live on RMC.fr.


4 Contact


IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS,

PLEASE CONTACT US AT: webmaster@france-galop.com

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5 Groups & Corporate


GROUPS & CORPORATE


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For any group or corporate inquiries, please contact us


By phone : + 33 1 49 10 20 65

By Email at : groupes@france-galop.com