LONGCHAMP RACECOURSE
The famous Longchamp racecourse is situated in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. It has held races since 1857 with the first meeting being held on 27th April of that year when Napoleon III was in attendance. Arguably viewed as France's most prestigious racecourse, it hosts the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe each October.

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Longchamp circa 1863

First held in 1920 for 3 year olds and upwards and run over a mile and a half, it is rightly seen as the most important race in Europe. That first running was won by Comrade ridden by Frank Bullock and trained by Peter Gilpin. Ksar then won it in both 1921 and 1922.

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Sticking wth double winners, Corrida was the next to score back to back wins in 1936 and 1937 before War intervened from 1939 to 1940 forcing the event to be cancelled. Tantieme 1950 and 1951 and Ribot 1955 and 1956 repeated the famous double.
Lester Piggott got Alleged home twice in 1977 and 1978 having previously partnered Rheingold in 1973. The latest winner was Zarkava in 2008.
If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email johnslusar@fsmail.net