Above is the band of the Welsh Guards marching past the winning post. I'm not sure why the French can't manage to get a band together, but these guys did a good job.
Simple betting slips explained
On the left is an annotated betting slip. There are slips that look a little like lottery tickets with all sorts of complicated bets, but they are a bit difficult to understand.
The best way is to go up to the counter and give the race number and horse number - take your sheet with you and point if you cannot manage this in French. The people behind the counter are very busy, but as long as you smile and say bonjour before you start all will be well.
On the Arc day it is best to get all you bets on early, so do them all at once. The French system takes a huge amount of tax, about 25%, so if you can place your bets with your bookie at home you will undoubtedly get a better deal. On other days you'll have to use the French system. The people behind the counter have a reputation for rudeness, but I found them OK. I smiled and it did take a while to get my first ticket done, but after that everything went smoothly.
Again on the day of the Arc if you want to see the races it is best to wait until the end to collect your winnings, then you will not be standing in a queue when the next race is running.
A Simple G is a win bet (Gagnant), a Simple P (Place) is a bet for the horse to come in the first 3 (minimum of 8 runners), an each way bet is a Cheval. They also do forecasts of 2 (couple), 3 (trio), 4 (quarte), and 5 (quinte) horses.
Below is this year's jockey S. Pasquier receiving his cup for winning, and in the centre is Rail Link the hero of the day. The lady on the right escorts all winning horses back from the finishing post to the weighing in.