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Jockey Stephane Pasquier celebrates after winning the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe aboard Rail Link.
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe day is one of the biggest racing days of the year in Europe and certainly is the richest. People from all over the world come to view the best horses in Europe compete, including over 15,000 from England alone. Here are some photos of the people, hats, and other scenic items from the day for you to enjoy.
The Moulin de Longchamp (Windmill of Longchamp) that sits on the turn just after the finish. The windmill was once part of a monastery. and the first stone was laid in 1256. The windmill was demolished with the rest of the abbey when the clerics were banished during the revolution and was rebuilt on the same foundations when the course was renovated in 1856. The roof and a wing were partially destroyed during an air raid in 1943 during World War II and repaired again in 1949. There is a Group 1 mile race named for the windmill that is run in early September.
The huge crowd in the stands at the Arc. Notice that the Japanese fans got there early and had most of the spaces along the rail to cheer for their champion Deep Impact.
Some of the fancy hats worn by the ladies at the Arc. Ladies with hats received free admission on Sunday and there was a hat contest as well. My personal favorite is the lady to the right of the photo on the left with the hat made of small hats, a very novel idea.
More hats showing the widths and heights that some ladies are willing to go with their hats.
The fancy-dress lady to the left would lead the post parades and the winners when they returned. To the right are the carriages that take the winning connections back out to the track from the walking ring after the race for the trophy presentation.
The Welsh Guards (left) always play for the fans at the Arc during the trophy presentation.
The crowd at the Arc is always an international one, and the photo to the right is a good example as Scotsmen complete with kilts share the apron with a Japanese couple.
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