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2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Meeting Schedule - Dates, cards and race previews for Longchamp

By Jon Vine
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28 Sep 2021
  • Dates, cards and race previews ahead of the 2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe meeting
  • This famous meeting kicks off at Longchamp on Saturday 2nd October and ends on Sunday 3rd October
  • Viewers have eight Group Ones to enjoy during this two-day festival
  • The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe headlines Sunday's stacked card
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Sottsass winning the 2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. (Getty)
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The biggest meeting in French horse racing takes place this upcoming weekend. The eyes of the sporting world will be fixed on Paris-Longchamp racecourse, as they welcome a capacity crowd through their gates to enjoy the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe meeting.

During this two-day spectacle, eight Group One prizes will be handed out. The feature race of the meeting is the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, the richest flat race in all of Europe.

Here's what flat racing fans have to look forward to during this unmissable meeting.

2021 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Meeting Schedule

Day One - Saturday 2nd October

12:30pm Prix Chaudenay Group 2 1m7f
1:35pm Prix Dollar Group 2 1m2f
2:15pm Prix de Royallieu Group 1 1m6f
2:50pm 2YO Stakes Conditions 1m
3:25pm Prix Daniel Wildenstein Group 2 1m
4:00pm Prix Du Cadran Group 1 2m4f
4:35pm Grand Handucap des Juments Handicap 1m2f
5:10pm Prix Watar Equestrian Club Handicap 1m2f

Day one at Longchamp features two historic Group One races. The first of those is the Prix de Royallieu, a race for fillies and mares which is run over a testing trip of 1m6f. Wonderful Tonight won last year's renewal of the Prix de Royallieu, and Raabihah could pass up another run in the Arc to enter Saturday's contest.

France's version of the Royal Ascot Gold Cup, the Prix du Cadran headlines the day one card. This historic staying race was won 12 months ago by Tony Mullins' mare Princess Zoe, and this year's Ascot runner-up could square off against Goodwood Cup winner Trueshan when she returns to Longchamp to defend her crown this weekend.

The Revenant won last year's renewal of the Prix Daniel Wildenstein before following up in the QEII on Champions' Day, so that Group Two is certainly worth watching. Two further Group Two races open Saturday's festivities, with both the Prix Chaudenay and Prix Dollar likely to attract classy fields.

Day Two - Sunday 3rd October

1:15pm Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Group 1 7f
1:50pm Prix Marcel Boussac Group 1 1m
3:05pm Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Group 1 1m4f
3:50pm Prix de l'Opera Group 1 1m2f
4:25pm Prix de l'Abbaye Group 1 5f
4:55pm Prix de la Foret Group 1 7f
5:25pm Grand Handicap des Flyers Handicap 7f
5:55pm Prix du Centenaire Handicap 7f

Sunday's action commences with two historic juvenile races. Colts will open the card in the seven-furlong Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, before a field of top fillies battles it out in the Prix Marcel Boussac. Both races have produced plenty of future Classic winners, so expect the betting for next year's 1000 and 2000 Guineas to be impacted by Sunday's results at Longchamp.

The build-up then begins to one of the most famous sporting events in the world, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Read our full guide to this year's Arc to see the latest odds and our two against the field.

Once the winner of the Arc has been crowned, we move into the Prix de l'Opera, a Group One for fillies and mares held over a 12-furlong trip. Sprinters will then take center-stage in the Prix de l'Abbaye, where Glass Slippers could square off against Suesa, Winter Power and Dragon Symbol.

The sixth and final Group One is the Prix de la Foret, the only Group One race for older horses which is run over a seven-furlong trip. Space Blues could fly the flag for Charlie Appleby in Sunday's renewal, but he'll face stiff competition from the likes of Marianafoot, Midtown and Order Of Australia.

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