History

History

\"ArcThe first running of the Arc De Triomphe was in 1920 and since then there have been 62 French, 11 English, 5 Irish, 6 Italians and 1 German horse have tasted glory.

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barrière is a quintessentially Parisian occasion. Its international stature draws a plethora of personalities from the worlds of art, fashion, culture and politics. It also serves as the meeting place for the chief owners, breeders and representatives of the equestrian authorities from the major racing and breeding nations, who all come to Longchamp to witness what is the greatest horse race in the world.

A very important factor for winning this great race is that the winners can fetch top stud values as the winners are all from flawless blood lines and frequently boasting a prestigious pedigree, invariably enter stud farms to become global benchmark stallions capable of fetching in excess of 25 million euros if sold after their victory. Many though prefer to stay in training and a numbner have come back and won the race a second time and in all this has been achieved on six occassions. Ksar, 1921/22, Motrico 30/32,Corrida 36/37, Tantième 50/51, Ribot 55/56 and Alleged 77/78. Those that come back and repeat their success can truely be regarded as the very best in their breed.

\"HorseThere are a list of winners of the Arc de Triomphe who have gone on to be massive earners in their racing careers and as stallions. Helissio, winner of the Arc in 1996, purchased as a foal for 53,350 euros at Deauville in 1993, accumulated 1,608,779 euros in winnings and fetched around 10 million dollars in Japan as a stallion. Montjeu, the 1999 winner who stands at Coolmore Stud in Ireland, has already sired a Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barrière winner (Hurricane Run / Arc 2005) and two winners of the English Derby at Epsom (Motivator and Authorized). Numbering more than 100 a year, his coverings start at 125,000 euro. Dalakhani, the 2003 winner, stands at Gilltown Stud in Ireland his first crop sold at auction totalled 700,000 in 2006. Hurricane Run, the winner in 2005 currently commands 30,000 euros as a stud fee.

This reflects the significance of winning this great race and why it is such a competitive race each year.