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LEBANON-RACECOURSE/
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June 29, 2017
Beirut's racecourse, which hosted monarchs and movie stars in its chic heyday and survived Lebanon's...
Beirut, Lebanon
The Wider Image: Beirut's racetrack hopes for winning streak again
Beirut's racecourse, which hosted monarchs and movie stars in its chic heyday and survived Lebanon's civil war, is struggling to secure its future after years of slow decline. The Hippodrome marked its centenary last year. But it has an aging clientele, must fend of private developers, and has lost revenue to illegal gambling. Now it is seeking a younger crowd and new investment from city authorities. On white plastic chairs in the concrete stands, amid the chatter of conversation and the gurgle of water pipes, most men watching the horses one recent Sunday were middle-aged or older. Many had patronised the Hippodrome since its 1960s heyday, when the city painted itself as the Paris of the Middle East and races drew a glittering high-society crowd. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi SEARCH "SAIDI HIPPODROME" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: LEBANON-RACECOURSE/
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