GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE DE PARIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY 18th & SUNDAY 19th MAY 2019 Auteuil Racecourse

TWO DAYS OF THRILLS

1 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 6 steeplechase races, including the ZEturf Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris, which lends its name to this weekend of thrilling horseracing action!


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The ZEturf 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 ZEturf 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!


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2 Key numbers


THE ZETURF 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 ZEturf 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

4 ZEturf, sponsor of the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris race
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ZETURF BECOMES THE SPONSOR OF THE GRAND STEEPLE CHASE DE PARIS RACE


France Galop is delighted to welcome a new sponsor to its classic racing programme: ZETURF is now the official sponsor of the Grand Steeple Chase de Paris race, which will now be called the ZETURF GRAND STEEPLE CHASE DE PARIS.  


The race will be run in Paris, on Auteuil racecourse, on 19th May and will be the high point of a fantastic weekend of racing that boasts nine selective races.


The Grand Steeple Chase de Paris is the most prestigious race on the French jumps racing calendar.


Run over a distance of 3 miles and 6 furlongs and dotted with 23 obstacles, this top-level event is contested by some of Europe’s very best racing professionals.  


ZETURF, established in France since 2010, is a major player in European horse racing and sports betting. In accordance with French law, ZETURF contributes to financing the horse racing industry by paying a levy on the revenue it earns from bets made on horse races in France.
This levy amounts to €10 million per year.


The agreement that binds ZETURF and FRANCE GALOP concerns the year 2019 and may be renewed, with ZETURF given first refusal over any other potential sponsors.
The aim after the first year, for both partners, is to sign a longer-term sponsorship agreement.


In 2019, ZETURF’s financial contribution and the visibility the event will be given on its website (www.zeturf.fr) will boost communications about the Grand Steeple Chase de Paris and help build a strong partnership.
A number of actions that use ZETURF’s website to encourage more people to attend this event are already in the pipeline.  


Edouard de Rothschild, Chairman of France Galop, announced: “The racing industry is hugely competitive, and we can only create a virtuous circle if everyone cooperates with one other. Zeturf is a key stakeholder in this industry and I am delighted that they are supporting this wonderful event at Auteuil. It is the first stage of a partnership that we both hope to develop further.”

A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE

1 Explore the obstacles


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!



…AND STEP BACKSTAGE AT THE RACECOURSE:

You can go on a guided tour of the racecourse:


– Walk the course at Auteuil racecourse: A 45-minute walk around the course, during which you can admire the  awe-inspiring obstacles that the horses have to tackle over the weekend!


– Behind the scenes at Auteuil and ParisLongchamp racecourses: A 45-minute tour of the racecourse, letting you into all the venue’s secrets!



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2 Immerse yourself in the horse-racing experience


ALL ABOUT HORSE-RACING


Learn everything you need to know about horse racing thanks to our coaches in the Easy Racing Zone


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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WATCH A RACE FROM UP TO CLOSE


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


Admired 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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GET A JOCKEY’S EYE VIEW ON THE RACING EXPERIENCE 


Learn to ride like a jockey, experience new sensations, challenge your loved ones, and enjoy some unique and unforgettable family or friends fun.


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THE THRILL OF BEING THE FIELD!


Try our Racing Experience, diving straight into the middle of a galloping field of runners for a taste of what it feels like to be a real jockey!

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A UNIQUE INSIGHT INTO THE HEART OF THE RACES !


For the Prix Dimanche au Galop, young racegoers have the privilege of joining the jockeys in the presentation ring.


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3 Pony rides and mery-go-round


GIVE YOUR CHILDREN A TREAT!

                            

MERRY-GO-ROUND

A ride to remember


Climb on board for a magical ride on the merry-go-round, a classical fairground favourite. 

Choose your mount and off you go! 

You can enjoy as many rides as you want. 

Admission free for children.

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MEET THE PONIES

Magical moments


Join  your children (ages 3 and over) for a free introduction to the world of  horses. Our ponies are waiting to share this unique moment with you.  And it’s all free too!


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4 It's time to party !


And when the hard work is over, it’s time to party.


Make a night of it at a cosy, quirky, retro venue: Jockey Disque


Live music and sets by well-known DJs at a superb location with two outdoor and one indoor stages, not to mention restaurants and attractions that are unique to say the least.


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USEFUL INFORMATION

1 Tickets

TICKETS


From €5 for adults (online special price)


From €8 on-site


Free of charge for children under 18


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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 / 2018 MENU

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UN AMOUR DE BONBON:
crêpes
waffles
sweets

cotton candy

mister café


FOOD TRUCKS

Food truck Burgers

Food truck Nykos

Planet Sushi stand

Hot Dogs


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


PANORAMIC RESTAURANT:

Single Menu (general entrance and parking included)
Enjoy panoramic views of the action on the course while savouring a delicious lunch in the Hyères III restaurant.

Book for Saturday  Book for Sunday

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KARLY FLIGHT:

Menu with 2 choices (starter - main course - dessert)
Admire the thoroughbreds parading around the paddock as you dine in the Karly Flight brasserie.

Reservation by phone:01.42.88.84.85

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BRUNCH (on Sunday only)

x Hot & cold drinks

x Pastries

x Scrambled Eggs / Sausages / Bacon

x Cakes

x Sweet & savoury tarts

x Yoghurt / Muesli

x Fruit

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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.


5 Hospitality


PACKAGES


ELEGANCE (semi-private)

•    Personalised welcome in the suite with a reserved seat in the stand
•    Cocktail lunch, complimentary bar including soft drinks, wine and Champagne
•    Access to the lawn bordering the track, to the weighing room area and the attractions in the village
•    1 car park per 4 tickets
•    10€ betting voucher included


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PRESTIGE (private)

•    Personalised welcome in the private suite with reserved seating in the stand
•    Cocktail reception or seated lunch, complimentary bar including soft drinks, wine and Champagne
•    Access to the weighing room, to the lawn bordering the track and the attractions in the village
•    1 car park per 4 tickets
•    10€ betting voucher included

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MEDIA & CONTACT

1 Media

MEDIA CONTACT

France Galop Media Relations contact:


Héléna DUPUY


médias@france-galop.com

01.49.10.22.50


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2 Contact


IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS,

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

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3 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