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Chantilly To Install 1st All-Weather Track In Paris
In France, Chantilly (home of the Gr1 Prix du Jockey Club-French Derby) "has been given the go-ahead to install the 1st all-weather track in Paris ready for the 2011 season," reported racingpost.com. Work will start in July 2010 (after the Gr1 Prix Jean Prat) & "is expected to take approximately 6 months, during which time Chantilly's major races will be spread between the remainder of the Paris tracks". Although there is no all-weather track in Paris, Chantilly's proposed new surface will provide the 5th such venue in France (of which Deauville is the most prestigious). The track (the brainchild of the Aga Khan & Chantilly mayor Eric Woerth, who is France's budget minister) "will be built on the existing inside track, with the addition of a new finishing straight".