This Sunday, May 18, come on out to the Hippodrome of Auteuil for the Grand Steeplechase of Paris races. A part of the “Les Dimanches au Galop” series (The Sunday horse racing series), this Steeplechase has been a part of Paris history since 1874! This Spring racing series begins annually in early April and runs through mid-May, taking place every Sunday at either the Longchamp or Auteuil courses. (Photos shown were taken at the Auteuil races on Sunday, May 4th.)
The events also feature themed “spectacles” that take place between the races. On the day we attended, there was an incredible hawk and eagle exhibition. We couldn’t believe how close up we could get to these birds of prey and how accurately they flew over the heads of the audience!!!
Gates open at 12 with the first race beginning at 1:30. There are 8 races per day, finishing at approximately 5:30. Take advantage of the varied activities for children both educational and pure fun, such as the Shetland pony rides, the carrousel and a simulated race course ride. Food is reasonably priced, and you can also bring your own food in. Minimum bets start at 2 euros, so you don’t have to break the Bank to enjoy your day there.
Entrance to the Hippodrome Autueil is very conveniently located at almost the end of the Metro Line 10, stop Porte d’Auteuil and the gates are literally, steps from the Metro exit. The Hippodrome has been completely renovated this past year and is looking better than ever. On a sunny day, the views to the Eiffel Tower and the hot air balloon at Parc Andre Citroen, are superb! Children under 12 admitted FREE for every Sunday race day. Adult admission 8 euros, reduced fare for students or Seniors, 5 euros. Hats not obligatory!
Check out http://www.clubfrancegalop.com to join for FREE and receive reduced and/or free admissions for various races in the Paris environs. www.dimanchesaugalop.com is the website in English and French with the full calendar of races and special events in the Spring, Sunday Racing Series.
Missed the Spring series or won’t be in Paris until October? Check out my blog post of October 3, 2013 on the 92nd running of the Prix de Qatar
Need a little more horse in your life?! Mark your calendars for the Paris area upcoming races out at the Chateau Chantilly racetrack, June 1, Prix du Jockey Club and June 15 for the running of the Prix de Diane Longines. http://www.prix-de-diane.com