A Day at the Races in Longchamp (2) – The Full Story

Time Magazine (subscribers only) had a story on the end of horse racing not so long ago. This is why we decided to go to the races, in order not to miss something. I found it really interesting and a great, and difficult, subject for photography too. Here is the full story of my day at the races.

the Longchamp racecourse (HDR)
The racecourse is teeming with punters … hummmmm not really…
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Wait a minute … I found one; nice hat!

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Horses going round the “parade ring”, an important part of the horse racing ritual. Then, punters rush to the betting stalls (and self-service kiosks, far less romantic) to put a €2 or €10 wager on the gigis they have seen parading around the ring.

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Here they are … betting in full swing (even though most of it is happening either remotely or over the Internet)

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I like the patterns on their backs or whatever they call it in horse speak.

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Shaking hands with the owners. Horses and jockeys are coming from all over the world. This one above is Tom Queally from Ireland.

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The “parade ring” show is over, jockeys and horses are heading for the racecourse.

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Oooops! Wait a minute, I’m losing my helmet!

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The horses started from all the way across the racecourse, but here they come … very fast. Here’s that man with his iPad on the left. Hmmmm, certainly a great photo he took there!

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Can you see anything, mate?

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Number 5 seemed to win all the races … and then I realised it wasn’t the same number 5. Maybe that’s the lucky number. My wife got 2 out of the first 3 horses in that race and she won bloody nothing. I found that very unfair.

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The final gallop. Imagine the state of that turf after the race…

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The finish line (I like the way that horses are caught as if hanging in the air, defying gravity.

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The race is over, and jockeys and horses go back to their stalls. Jockeys aren’t always young, this one looks like he is 100 years old. Very surprising.

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This one is younger.

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Watching the screen… and goodbye!

2 thoughts on “A Day at the Races in Longchamp (2) – The Full Story

  1. Superbe série !!! On retrouve l’ambiance particulière d’un champs de course … la prochaine fois tu pourras faire un focus sur les abords de l’hippodrome en shootant les coureurs et les cyclistes qui font un ou plusieurs tours.

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    1. Merci Jérôme, c’est très sympa. Et je retiens ta suggestion. Fais-moi signe quand tu passes 😉

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