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France Galop’s administrative council okays rebuilding of Longchamp

France Galop’s administrative council okays rebuilding of LongchampNearly four years after plans for a new grandstand were first unveiled, France Galop’s administrative council has finally given the go-ahead for the rebuilding of Longchamp.But the project will come at a cost, both financially and to the traditional fabric of racing in the French capital. Budgeted at €131 million, the project will result in the eventual closure of one of Paris’s other racetracks.

The futures of Maisons-Laffitte and Saint-Cloud have been called into question over the last two years, but a working group will start afresh in identifying where the axe is to fall.

All-weather option

Studies are also to be launched into adding a floodlit all-weather track to the new Longchamp when it reopens in August 2017.

Demolition work will begin immediately after this year’s Arc meeting in October after the council voted by a clear majority to adopt the plan.

A decision had been delayed after Arc sponsor Qatar expressed an interest in taking a financial share in the project but, under the plan which was passed yesterday, France Galop will meet the entire cost.

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