first_imgShare on Messenger Share via Email Read more France-Galop, which runs the sport in France and manages Longchamp, responded on Thursday by announcing a large-scale survey of those who had bought their tickets online, with the aim of learning the extent of the problems and starting work on improvements. Olivier Delloye, the chief executive of France-Galop, spoke of the importance of visitors from Britain and Ireland, praised their contribution to the event’s atmosphere over many years and promised a better experience.“I have read everything and listened to the feedback,” Delloye said. “I’m sorry some of our British friends left ParisLongchamp disappointed or upset by the experience.“The Arc has always been a big day, thanks to the huge participation of the British and Irish racing fans. They bring their passion and enthusiasm. It is our duty to treat them as well as possible. The ruling body of French racing has promised to improve facilities at Longchamp before the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe next year, so as to avoid or at least reduce the problems encountered by racegoers on Sunday.On the day Enable beat Sea Of Class in a thrilling finish to Europe’s premier Flat race, there were many reports of long queues for food, drink, toilets and betting outlets as the Arc returned to Longchamp, where a new £110m grandstand was opened in the spring. Was this helpful? Share on LinkedIn Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Show Read more Hide Horse racing Share on WhatsApp “I always think that this weekend is the start of each jumps season,” said Paul Nicholls, the 10-times champion jumps trainer. “I’ll have four or five to run each day, as long as they get the rain. But it’s been a bit of a nightmare getting them ready, because of the dry weather. We haven’t done any schooling on grass and I don’t think anyone has.”The jockeys Silvestre de Sousa and Danny Tudhope have been ruled out of British Champions Day at Ascot next week, the result of totting-up bans for repeatedly breaking whip rules. French racing hit by low Longchamp crowd for Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe Support The Guardiancenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. 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Major UK racetracks have been through the same experience.”The two-day Arc fixture was hailed as a great commercial success in a statement posted on the website of France-Galop, which reported total revenues of €2m, said to be four times the equivalent figure for previous years, the result of abandoning a policy of unusually low ticket prices. Betting turnover on the day in France was reported at €24.4m, while punters in Japan apparently wagered €19m on the card.Britain’s jump racing community is hoping a forecast for plenty of rain in the south-west proves accurate, with Chepstow’s ground unusually dry before its traditionally informative two-day fixture this weekend. The going at the Welsh track is good to firm in places but Libby O’Flaherty, clerk of the course, said it will be on the soft side of good if the expected rain arrives, with 10mm being at the lower end of the forecast range for Friday. 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