|The race takes place in the presence of some 25,000 spectators with the magnificent Château de Chantilly and the Grandes Ecuries des Princes de Condé (now the Museum of the Living Horse) as backdrop. It is a major social event, as much for the fashion conscious as for horseracing enthusiasts. Hermès have for the last 22 years sponsored this prestigious meeting. Each year they invite a different region or country to give a display of horsemanship during the course of the day. Since 1956, 80% of the fillies (i.e. 37 out of the 46 winners) winning the "French Oaks" were trained at Chantilly.
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