France Galop joins efforts to raise funds for Notre-Dame

French racing body France Galop has joined in efforts to raise funds for the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame cathedral after a fire destroyed parts of the building on Monday evening.

The governing body’s president, Edoard de Rothschild, has announced that the Prix du President de la Republique will be renamed for this weekend’s meeting at Auteuil, with all proceeds going towards the national fundraising pot set up to support Notre-Dame’s reconstruction.

Renamed to Prix de Notre Dame de Paris, the racing body has made the gesture in solidarity with the Paris community, with the race usually noted as the biggest handicap chase in the French racing calendar.

Meanwhile it was announced by President Macron on Monday evening that Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon would be donating his winnings from this week’s races to the fund.


Soumillon tweeted: “French ❤ I feel very affected and I will see all my winnings of the week to contribute to the rebuilding of #NotreDame #FluctuacNecMergitur

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