Talking Horses: Longchamp had an opportunity, it delivered a shambles

Reports of long queues – alongside hiked ticket prices – means the French course missed a chance to impress

The vivid complaints of those who paid to be at Longchamp on Sunday suggest to me failures on a grand scale by the French racing authorities. If you’re going to hike your ticket price to €75 for general admission, thereby slashing your crowd to 35,000 from 55,000, the very least you should be doing is offering a really big welcome for those loyal folk who still come.

Instead, we get reports of queues for food, drink, toilets and betting that forced people to choose between waiting their turn and watching the next race. Apparently, some finally reached the front of the food queues and were told there was nothing left to buy. That a crowd of that reduced size should have been treated in that way is unforgivable.

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