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Talking Horses: Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe ticket hike has some logic

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Admission costs for the Arc have rocketed but given the economic realities of French racing, and how cheap it is the rest of the year, the desire to cash in is understandable

One of the most cherished misconceptions in the racegoing community may have been finally skewered by Tuesday morning’s Racing Post, which reports that the price of general entry to the redeveloped Longchamp for the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe next month has been hiked to €75 (£68), from €30 (£27) when the race was staged at Chantilly last year and only €20 (£18) for the final running in front of the huge twin grandstands in 2015.

This also compares very poorly to the €8 (£7.20) cost of general entry to the track on Arc day as recently as 2009, a figure that still crops up regularly in various debates on the state of racing, including the level of ticket pricing in Britain and the urgent need, in the view of some racing fans at least, for a Tote monopoly on betting “like they have in France, where it’s only eight euros to get into the Arc”.

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