How to bet is under the title “Day at the races/ Fancy a Flutter?”.
Note that the Longchamp races, including the 2016 Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (October 1 and 2) will be held at the Chantilly racecourse. The Hippodrome closed its gates for renovations after the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe October 5, 2015. The new Hippodrome de Longchamp will reopen in September 2017. More information and links on my Horse Races Around Paris page.
Memories of Qatar in 2010 and Betting Today
Much has changed since 2010. Instead of wandering around and wondering how to bet in 2010, now kiosks can walk me through the steps.
If you are new to betting, someone counsels you on “how to have a flutter”. In their Practical Guide to Betting, the France Galop explains betting, the odds, the paddock, how to read the card, etc.
Out of all the rainy, chilly days, Sunday October 3, 2010 could not have been a better, warmer autumn day for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. The hats were on and the kids were in their strollers. The betting windows were busy and although I had spent eight euros on a few bets, I walked away with three euros twenty cents and felt like a winner.
The entry price has different criteria on a Sunday. If you are over 60, the entry is half price; or if you are female and wearing a hat, the entry is free.
The betting windows are 2, 10 and 20 euros. Bet for a winner and a place and it will cost you four euros. If you want to get more involved in the betting, the instructions are found in French in the free booklets decoratively stacked on tables.
Getting to the hippodrome was a cinch! Take the Line 1 metro to Porte Maillot. Take exit (sortie) 6 and a free bus (navette) will whisk you to the hippodrome. When it is time to leave, catch the same style bus, but the traffic will delay your arrival to the metro entrance.
Check the France Galop Web site for dates, times, and races. The English version of France Galop will send you to Mappy for directions; I suggest you visit the RATP Web site for more travel information. If a free bus is not scheduled when you plan on going to the races, take bus 244 to reach the Hippodrome.
For the Sunday race, buses leave from Porte Maillot every 10 minutes and from Porte d’Auteuil (Saturday and Sunday)
between 11 and 4. The return buses begin running at 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.