Paris is gearing up for one of the most exciting events in the horseracing world, the Gras Savoye Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris. This highly anticipated race will take place on Sunday, May 19th at the Hippodrome d’Auteuil. The hippodrome, nicknamed the “temple of jumps” is located just across the western border of Paris in the 16th arrondissement. The race was first run by talented horses and jockeys in May 1874 and since then has been one of the city’s most prestigious spring events.
The Grand Steeplechase of Paris is the most acclaimed jumps race in France, and one that both horse trainers and jockeys dream of one day competing in. The race stretches over three miles and challenges the horses to leap over an impressive twenty-three fences. Audience members hold their breaths in excitement as the horses leap over each of the race’s jumps. Horses must be five years old to participate and clearly at the top their talent. This year fans will be watching to see if three-time winner, Mid Dancer, will be victorious once again and make history as the first horse ever to win the Grand Steeplechase four times.
The event will be enjoyed by attendees of all ages and even offers a merry-go-round for its youngest guests. For the full experience, visitors can sign up to walk the course before the race to see the event from the horse’s perspective and gain a deeper appreciation for their talent. Doors open at 12:00PM for the main event, but book a spot in advance to take advantage of this unique opportunity. Paris has much to offer throughout the spring season, but for a heavy dose of excitement, history and culture make sure to check out the Grand Steeplechase Race!
Hippodrome d’Auteuil- Route des Lacs- Paris XVI
Metro: Porte d’Auteuil (line 10)
Bus: Porte d’Auteuil (PC1, 52, 123, 241)
Car: Ring Road, Porte d’Auteuil exit
Image credit: Grand Steeplechase by LALLA-ALI