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Message: I'm fortunate enough to be in Paris on the weekend of the Arc and as such am heading out with a couple of mates. Never having been to the races in Paris, any tips about longchamp? How does it compare to the spring carnival? And hopefully So You Think runs!
Message: I was there in September 1996 and saw a group one mile race, won by Ashkalani who was ridden by Gerald Mossé and trained by Alain de Royer Dupre, the Americain connection. My recollections which may be useful; assuming nothing has changed:
A huuuuge course, about 2800 metres round, with a very long, roomy straight. The furthest extremity, at about the 1200 metres, looks about a mile away.
You will need binoculars, so buy, hire or borrow them. (See first point)
Some very good jockeys and some shockers. Stick to the household names.
The mounting yard is out the back, behind the grandstand, so you have to walk about 200 metres if you want to run your eye over the horses.
They have two racecallers that is, one calls the field once, then the other takes over, then back to the first. It is bizarre.
There will be no other races beamed in via Sky Channel or equivalent, just the one meeting, so plenty of time to study the form.
No bookies, only tote.
Excellent grandstand, the higher up you can get the better.
You can get there on public transport but the earlier the better you will be like sardines if you get the bus. Maybe take a cab. Good luck.
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