It was in the pouring rain that the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was contested under the gaze of personalities, fans of horse racing.
Among them: Tony Parker, the former basketball player and now owner of a thoroughbred, Maxwell and Ezequiel Lavezzi, ex-PSG players, Vincent Clerc, the former winger of the XV of France, the actor Guillaume Gallienne, too enthusiastic than behind the camera or the BeIN Sports journalist, Darren Tulett.
In the bays of the racecourse, the voice of the latter, with the well-known English accent, resounds.
“I come to animate the days, when there are a lot of foreigners, especially the British and the Irish, specifies the 57-year-old presenter.
The idea is to give a warm welcome to these people who come from the other side of the Channel and sometimes from much further afield.
I also spoke with people who came from Melbourne.
Black hat screwed on the head, Tulett knows well the atmosphere of the racetracks since he grew up in a family which was interested in racing.
“My grandfather was keen on horse racing, he bet every day.
He listened to the radio or watched TV.
I grew up with that, I watched the races on TV every Saturday, ”continues the Briton.
“They all talked about going to a nightclub to celebrate”
Vincent Clerc, former international rugby player from Stade Toulousain, discovered this universe.
The retired oval, who has 67 selections in the France team, appreciates: "It's a world of passion, there is a real team spirit, I want to introduce it to my children, my daughter would love to be here.
Chances are I'll be back.
With a smile from ear to ear, the 41-year-old man, present for the digital device of France Galop, underlines the "work of the shadows of the people who help the jockey and the horse to win".
A victory shared by many as in rugby in short.
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The clouds roll by, the raindrops wane in intensity, as the Brits gloat as 5-year-old mare Alpinista wins.
“She had an amazing race, it was a bit emotional, I was very happy to have her first words
(from the coach)
after the victory,
explains Darren Tulett.
have all talked about going to a club to celebrate, but better to go home with a good cup of tea.