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.
France Galop va rebaptiser le Prix du Président de la République à Auteuil dimanche Prix Notre Dame de Paris et avec le Trot et le PMU reverser les profits à la Souscription Nationale.
— Edouard de Rothschild (@EddeRothschild) 16 April 2019
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.
Français de ❤ je me sens très affecté et je reverserai tous mes gains ?? de la semaine pour contribuer à la reconstruction de #NotreDame #FluctuacNecMergitur???⛪?#quintedupatrimoine c pour maintenant!! @pmu #solidarite Bravo au @PompiersParis ?????? pic.twitter.com/9jiTXPnalN
— Christophe Soumillon (@CSoumillon) April 16, 2019
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