A day at ParisLongchamp

The races

You have come to ParisLongchamp racecourse for a race meeting. Race meetings typically feature between 7 and 9 horse races.

A race meeting can be held during the day, starting between 12 noon and 2pm, or in the evening, starting between 4pm and 6pm.

The races are spaced around half an hour apart and last just a few minutes each, depending on the course’s distance.

 

Before the race

Before each race, the jockeys are weighed. To weigh in, the jockeys must go to the weighing room. The racecourse’s Operations Manager checks that the weight carried matches the weight stated on the racecard.

> See the Weighing Room webcam

 

In the stables, the horses are saddled up before being led around by their lad to keep them calm.

> See the Stables webcam

 

Then the horses entered in the next race go to the parade ring to be presented to the spectators.

The jockeys join the owners and trainers to receive their final instructions as to what tactics they should adopt during the race. Meanwhile, the spectators can admire the horses before they take to the course.

A few minutes before the race starts, the horses enter the starting gate. The stall numbers are assigned by way of a draw. A rail runs around the inner edge of the course. The lower the number the participants draw, the closer the horse’s starting stall will be to the rail and the less distance he will have to run compared with the horses that have drawn a higher number, who start nearer the outer edge of the course.

Once the horses are all in the stalls, the starter starts the race.

 

During the race

You can watch the races several ways:
- in our stands
- in our restaurant
- on the screens set up around ParisLongchamp which broadcast each race live
- on a live screen on this ParisLongchamp mobile website

 

After the race

After each race, the jockeys are weighed again to make sure their post-race weight matches their pre-race weight.

At the end of each race, the first 7 horses must be presented so that the racecourse vet can check their identity using a transponder. Every horse has a microchip under the skin of its neck, which proves its identity in the national stud book.

Next, all the horses who finished the race are put in a draw to have a drug test. A sworn-in vet collects a urine sample and a blood sample from the chosen horses. These samples are sent to the national laboratory to check for any signs of banned substances. 

You can play the races back using the Replay button, which can be found on each specific race page on this ParisLongchamp mobile website.

As you wait for the next race, take advantage of the many services available on the racecourse.

Welcome to ParisLongchamp!