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Paris in line to host innovative new horseracing series

Paris is being lined up to host the maiden event of a new street horseracing series, according to multiple reports.

City Racing, which is being backed by British horseracing commercial group the Jockey Club, is said to be targeting the French capital for an event that would be held on the Champs-Elysees.

UK newspaper the Racing Post said France Galop, the country’s governing body of flat and steeplechase horseracing, commenced talks with City Racing at the beginning of the year and will officially sanction the meeting under the rules of French racing. 

France Galop is reported to have been given the green light by both the Champs-Elysees Committee and local government in Paris, but City Racing will bear responsibility for financing and promoting it. September is being lined up for the maiden running of the series, which will see some of the world’s top jockeys compete aboard mid-level horses over sprint distances.

The event would be run on a synthetic racecourse laid on pallets on the road. City Racing spokesman Johnno Spence told the Racing Post: “Paris is one of a number of cities we are considering but as we stand there are still a number of loopholes we have to negotiate before proceeding.”

The Champs-Elysees is no stranger to hosting major sporting events having become the traditional destination for the finale of the Tour de France cycling race.