Hippodrome de Chantilly, France
N 49° 11.458 E 002° 28.138
31U E 461307 N 5448820
Quick Description: [FR] La première course est organisée le 15 mai 1834 et est remportée devant 3 000 personnes par le Duc d'Orléans. [EN] The first race was organized by the Duke of Orleans and took place on May 15, 1834 before an audience of 3,000.
Date Posted: 1/22/2008 1:08:06 PM
Waymark Code: WM30Z4
[FR] L'hippodrome de Chantilly fut inauguré en 1834. Il se situe en bordure de forêt à proximité du château de Chantilly. C'est là que se tiennent depuis 1836 le Prix du Jockey-Club pour les mâles et femelles depuis 1843 le Prix de Diane pour les femelles. Ces deux épreuves sont des courses de plat.
[EN] Chantilly Racecourse (In French: "Hippodrome de Chantilly") is a Thoroughbred turf racecourse for flat racing in Chantilly, Oise, France, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north of the center of the city of Paris.
Chantilly Racecourse is located in the country's main horse training area on 65 hectares next to the Chantilly Forest. A right-handed course, it was built with interlocking tracks. The main course is 2,400 meters long, with another at 2,150 meters, plus a round course adaptable from 1,400 to 2,400 meters.
The first race card at Chantilly was held on May 15, 1834 and its existing grandstand was built in 1879 by the famed architect Honore Daumet, who also did the renovations to the nearby Chateau de Chantilly. The racecourse was constructed abutting the existing Great Stables (French:Grandes Écuries), built in 1719 by estate owner, Louis Henri, Duc de Bourbon, Prince of Condé. Designed by the architect Jean Aubert, the mammoth 186-meter-long stable is considered the most beautiful in the world.
In 1886, the Duc d'Aumale donated the racecourse to the Institut de France. In 1982, the Living Museum of the Horse was created as part of the stables which was opened to the public. In July of 2006, the museum was acquired by the Foundation for the Safe-keeping and Development of the Chantilly Domain, presided over by His Highness, the Aga Khan IV.
During the first week of June, the racecourse hosts the Prix du Jockey Club, the third of the French racing season's five Classic Races.
(Text taken from wikipedia)
Types of Races: Thoroughbred
Racing Season: From: 4/24/2008 To: 10/16/2008
Year Opened: 05/15/1834
Prix du Jockey Club Mitsubishi Motors
Prix de Diane Hermès
Prix Jean Prat
La capacité d'accueil est de 30 000 places dont 2 300 assises en tribune,
Deux restaurants sont à la disposition du public. Un restaurant au rez-de chaussée du pesage,
Parking de 1 500 places (1 € en semaine et 2 € les dimanches, jours feriés et Grands Prix).
Racecourse Web Site: [Web Link]
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