Celebrating a Century of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe charts the history of Europe’s – and arguably the world’s – greatest horse race. Established in 1920 and staged in Paris on the Bois de Boulogne, the Arc is a truly international contest attracting runners from England, Ireland, Japan, Italy, Germany and the USA. This illustrated race-by-race account traces the exploits of many alltime racing legends. From Ribot, Sea Bird, Allez France and Mill Reef, to Dancing Brave, Sea The Stars, Trêve and Enable.
It’s also a who’s who of the turf starring the Rothschild, Aga Khan, Wildenstein, Wertheimer and Head families, as well as Marcel Boussac, Vincent O’Brien, Lester Piggott and Yves Saint-Martin. The modern era features luminaries such as André Fabre, Coolmore, Godolphin, John Gosden, Frankie Dettori and Khalid Abdullah. You’ll discover which champion hurdler won the title, which horse came back from stud to recapture his crown and which jockey ended up in prison as a result of his win.