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GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE DE PARIS

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TWO DAYS OF THRILLS

1 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris weekend

DOCTEUR DE BALLON DEFENDS HIS TITLE
IN AN EXCEPTIONAL RENEWAL OF THE 2021 GRAND STEEPLE-CHASE DE PARIS


Press Release

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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!


Relive the 2021 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris race with Docteur de Ballon and Bertrand Lestrade:



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!



2021 Trailer :




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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 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

PARTNERS, MEDIA & CONTACT

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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).


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MEDIA CONTACT

France Galop Media Relations contact:


Héléna DUPUY

medias@france-galop.com

01.49.10.22.50


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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 – investigative documentaries by creative new French talent
  • RMC Découverte – more powerful than fiction !
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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.


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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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