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A highly memorable edition!

The 2016 of the Qatar Arc Trials kept all of its promises, as the world’s best thoroughbreds measured up to one another on Chantilly racecourse!
With nine races scheduled over the course of the day, seven of which have Group status, the Qatar Arc Trials are a veritable springboard for the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the last flat race of the EPIQE Series. Three weeks before the main event, numerous Arc hopefuls stepped out onto the hallowed Chantilly turf for a final dress rehearsal.

Qatar Prix Vermeille, the penultimate flat stage of the EPIQE Series

The 2016 edition of the Qatar Arc Trials was exceptionally held on the majestic Chantilly estate, as Longchamp racecourse is currently undergoing a full refurbishment. During the event, the Qatar Prix Vermeille, the 6th stage of the EpiqE Series, was contested by the world’s most talented cracks!

Qatar Prix Vermeille- 6th stage of the EPIQE Series

The penultimate stage of the EPIQE Series, the Qatar Prix Vermeille is run over the classic distance of a mile and a half. This Group 1 race boasts a purse of 350,000 euros and is contested by some of Europe’s most talented mares and fillies. Often the first time that the year’s 3-year-old fillies come up against their more experienced counterparts, the Qatar Prix Vermeille was won by Zarkava in 2008 and by Trêve in 2013, two fillies that were unbeaten aged 3 and went on to triumph over their male peers in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe three weeks later! In 2016, Left Hand and Maxime Guyon took the laurels in this exhilarating race!

Qatar Prix FOY

A Group 2 race reserved for male and female thoroughbreds aged 4 and over, the Qatar Prix Foy brings together Europe’s best older horses that favour the classic mile-and-a-half distance. With a purse of 130,000 euros, the event has seen many of its winners go on to place in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe three weeks later, such as Japanese cracks Orfèvre and El Condor Pasa. In 2016, Silverware, ridden by Maxime Guyon, reigned triumphant after a fierce battle on the turf!

Qatar Prix NIEL

The Qatar Prix Niel, a Group 2 race for 3-year-old colts and fillies, was a last opportunity for these young champions to measure up to one another over the classic mile-and-a-half distance before lining up alongside their elders in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Regularly finishing in the frame in the Arc, numerous winners of the Qatar Prix Niel have gone on to win this Holy Grail of flat races, most recently Rail Link, Hurricane Run and Dalakhani. The race offers a purse of 130,000 euros. In 2015, New Bay and Vincent Cheminaud, who had already won the Prix du Jockey Club, took the laurels in this event. In 2016, Japan’s Makahiki and jockey Christophe Patrice Lemaire clinched the title.

A passion for racing in the EASY RACING ZONE

Easy Racing Zone

At the Qatar Arc Trials, our racing experts milled around this convivial area, chatting to racing connoisseurs and first-time racegoers who revelled in the opportunity to cultivate or share their passion for horse racing!

The Easy Racing Zone is a popular meeting place on the racecourse, where visitors go to have their questions answered so that they can make the very most of their racing experience!

Race simulator

Countless spectators stepped into a jockey’s stirrups on our race simulator!

Racing Experience

Racegoers trembled with excitement thanks to our
Racing experience!

Pony rides

Chantilly racecourse proved to be the ideal setting for a pony ride!


Our younger visitors loved taking
a turn on the merry-go-round!