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The Prix de Diane: A Premiere Equestrian Event

03.22.16 | World Events

For centuries now, the Château de Chantilly and its fabulous Grandes Écuries have honored the magnificence of the horse. In fact, the Chantilly racecourse has been regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world since 1834. It’s also a challenging course, since its mile-and-a-half length includes a 10 meter uphill climb along the 4-furlong home straight!

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Make sure to choose the perfect hat so you’ll stand out in the fashionable crowd at the Prix de Diane! Photo courtesy of Guillaume Cattiaux,

Watch the World’s Top Fillies Compete at the Prix de Diane

On June 19, this legendary racecourse will welcome twenty of the best 3-year-old fillies in the world for the prestigious Prix de Diane Longines. This race is one of nine held on just one day. The others include one just for Lady Amateur Riders, the Mondial Championship for Apprentices and Young Jockeys, and the Qatar Derby for Purebred Arabians.

Of course, the highlight of the day will be the Prix de Diane. This one mile, 2 ½ furlong race has tested the world’s top fillies since its inception on May 18th, 1843. This year, at least forty thousand spectators will watch the “Queen of Chantilly” gallop away with the victory and a purse of 1,000,000 Euros!
After the last race, the After Diane party begins, with a to-be-announced musical act. Whoever it is, this party is sure to be a blast! Be sure you catch the coronation of the new Mademoiselle Diane de Longines. Every year, numerous ladies don their most fashionable hats in an effort to impress the judges with their appearance and originality.

The races aren’t the only attraction at this prestigious event. On Sunday, June 19th, a chic Garden Party will be held on the lush lawns of the stunningly idyllic grounds. Be sure to reserve your traditional hatbox picnic hamper early. Top chefs go all out in preparing the sumptuous delicacies inside, so they are deservedly popular.

You’ll also enjoy Diane’s Village with its popular Market and Fair. The Longines carousel is an elegant jewel that will remind you of the joys of your childhood. You’ll also want to take a relaxing stroll through Diane’s Garden with its ornamental pond, hammocks, and lounge chairs.

If you enjoy premiere horseracing events, contact us. We will be delighted to make all the arrangements needed to help you enjoy this exhilarating event!

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