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Station Porte d'Auteuil Racecourse (Line 10) - Station Porte d'Auteuil-Hippodrome
To Porte d'Auteuil PC1, 52, 123 (every day) 32, 241 (every day except Sundays and Public Holidays).
Boulevard Peripherique exit "Porte d'Auteuil". Limited parking space available.
Auteuil Racecourse is situated on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne on a 33-hectare site at the Porte d’Auteuil in Paris. It is the centre of jump racing in France and it is where the nine Group 1 hurdle and steeple chase races that take place on French soil are held. Races take place at the beginning of spring and from the autumn until early December. The going can be heavy, a factor that has heavily influenced the relative fitness of French jump horses.
The variety of different tracks and jumps at Auteuil is almost without parallel in Europe. The racing programme at Auteuil brings together the best French horses in a test of their championship mettle, perfectly highlighting the breeding quality of these jump horses, which are exported in quantity to the British Isles.
The racecourse at Auteuil, which was created in 1873, has always attracted large crowds of people. It is the natural environment of an entire population of racegoers who participate in jump racing by watching from one of the three racecourse’s three grass viewing lawns, which are criss-crossed by the numerous tracks.
These three viewing lawns – areas open to the public inside the loops of Auteuil’s figure of eight tracks – were affectionately dubbed Tonkin, Congo and Madagascar during the colonial period. Old photographs show a popular, festive atmosphere, with people lining the banks of the streams that feed the two water jumps – obstacles created out of a hedge and a pond that are among Auteuil’s best known features.
The spectacular nature of jump racing obviously played a big role in its popularity because there is always something going on and the public never misses out.
Even today, it brings together racing enthusiasts from all over France, especially from main breeding areas of the west and the central-east of the country, to take part in the great celebrations that are the International Jump Weekend in November and the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris in June.