Monday, Feb 1 2010

The Tote was revealed as the new sponsor of one of Ireland’s most historic races, the Galway Plate, at a reception in Dublin today. The three year sponsorship deal commences this year and will cover the entire eight races on Tote Galway Plate Day including the €200,000 Galway Plate.

Tote Ireland to sponsor Galway Plate

The Galway Plate will now be called the Galway Plate, promoting the Tote's online Irish and UK Tote pool betting website.

Tote Ireland to sponsor Galway Plate...
Tim Naughton, Chairman of Galway Race Committee, said:- “The Galway Race Committee are delighted that the Tote has agreed to sponsor Galway Plate Day at the Summer Festival Meeting for the next three years. The Tote has been sponsoring in Galway for the past number of years and their decision to sponsor the world famous Galway Plate is very welcome news to all of us. Galway Race Committee and the Tote have worked closely together for the last number of years and the record Tote turnover for a day of €2.1 million was achieved in Galway on Thursday 2nd August 2007. We look forward to a successful sponsorship with the Tote and increased Tote turnover at Galway in 2010.”

 Commenting on the announcement Alexis Murphy, Chief Executive of the Tote, said:- “On behalf of the Tote, I am delighted to announce our sponsorship of Galway Plate Day, with the highlight being the historic and prestigious Galway Plate. Galway is the highlight of the racing season for the Tote with record pools typically set during the meeting. I would also like to thank all of our clients for their continued patronage of the Tote. All of the Tote’s profits are reinvested into Irish racing and it is thanks to the loyal support of our clients that the Tote can make a significant contribution to the industry in these challenging times.”

The Galway Plate is the feature chase of Galway Race week and takes place this year on Wednesday 28th, of July 2010 when Ireland’s top racehorses compete for a €200,000 prize fund.


About the Tote:-
The Tote is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Horse Racing Ireland, with responsibility for the operation of a Totalisator on the 24 racecourses in the Republic of Ireland. Tote offer pool betting on-course at 24 racecourses in Ireland, over the phone and online via All profits made by Tote are used for the improvement of Irish Horseracing. For more information about the Tote, please visit our web site at

About The Galway Races:-
Records of organised race meetings in County Galway go back to the mid thirteenth century when what were known as horse matches were run under King’s Plate Articles.   In 1764 there were a five-day race meeting at Knockbarron near Loughrea; and exactly 100 years later a Western Plate was confined to “gentlemen riders or members of the County Galway Hunt”.
There were eight events, four on each day, but the main attraction was the Galway Plate “… of 100 sovs., an open handicap steeplechase of 2 ½ miles…”    Eight jumps had to be negotiated, two of them stone walls. The Midland and Great
Western Railway agreed to carry all horses to and from the course free of charge provided they had run in a race – a great concession and a sure encouragement to entrants. Special trains came to Galway from all over the country and the Lough Corrib Steam Navigation Company ran a special service from Cong for the two days racing. 
A mounted official watched the racing on both days and jockeys were warned that “if found guilty of sly practices in riding that they would be disqualified”.  

The Vindicator newspaper commented:  “The Galway Races promise to advance in the future equal, if not superior, to any other provincial races in the country”.

Down through the years improvements have been carried out at Ballybrit and we are very proud of our new Killanin Stand which was completed in 2007 and has been received very favorably by punters.

Throughout the history of the Galway Plate, this race has been won by famous horses and undoubtedly the most famous “Tipperary Boy” who won the Plate three times - in 1899, 1901 and 1902. The only horses to come near this record so far was Clonsheever, who won in 1923 and 1924 but finished third in 1925 carrying 13 stone 1Ib and Dermot Welds, Ansar which won the race in 2004, 2005 and finished second in 2006.  One family kept up its connection with Ballybrit right from the start, a connection which was broken only when Harry Ussher died in 1957.
The Ussher Stables turned out seven Galway Plate winners, and in 1920 Harry Ussher trained the winners of all the races on the opening day – except the plate itself.

The Plate has also been attracting runners from Great Britain with Oslot trained by UK champion trainer Paul Nicholls and ridden by our champion jockey Ruby Walsh who won the Plate in 2008.

The Galway Races Summer Festival Meeting is a seven day meeting which begins on the last Monday of July each year and will run from Monday July 26th to Sunday August 1st in 2010.

2009 Galway Plate Result:
1st Ballyholland, C McBratney, A McNamara
2nd Knock On The Head, J Crowley, M Walsh
3rd Washington Lad, P Fahy, P Flood
4th Anothercoppercoast,P Roche, J Barry

The past ten winners of the Galway Plate have been:
2008: Oslot, R Walsh, P Nicholls
2007: Sir Frederick, K Coleman, W Burke
2006: Far From Trouble, R Loughran, C Roche
2005: Ansar, D O'Regan, D Weld
2004: Ansar, D Casey, D Weld
2003: Nearly A Moose, R Power, P Mullins
2002: Rockholm Boy, K Hadnett, M Hourigan
2001: Grimes, C O'Dwyer, C Roche
2000: Dovaly, T Rudd, M O'Brien
1999: Moscow Express, R Walsh, Miss M Crowley

Tote Statistics
Tote Turnover at the Galway Races Summer Festival:
2009: €5,870,118
2008: €7,398,540
2007: €8,623,402
During the Galway Summer Festival 2007, all previous Tote records were broken with a single race days Tote turnover reaching a staggering €2,071,682 on the 2nd of August.

Always a great festival for the Tote Jackpot, Galway has been home to several of the Tote’s largest Jackpot pools and dividends during recent years. At the 2009 festival the pool reached a whopping €156,382 on the day of the Galway Plate, with two lucky winners each scooping €58,643. In 2008, there was a dividend of €53,983 on the Thursday of the festival.
The Exacta bet is another which sees substantial pools and dividends at Galway. The best Exacta odds on record come from Galway back on the 1st on August 2001, when outsiders Knysna Lily and Bold Baron claimed the first two spots, earning Exacta players €8,107 for a €1 stake.

Tote Records
Largest single Jackpot winner: €207,000, Leopardstown, 20/11/1988
Best Winning Odds: 1,177/1, Naas, 30/11/1988
Best Exacta Odds: 8,107/1, Galway, 01/08/2001
Largest take single race day: €2,071,682 at Galway, Thursday 2nd August 2007
Largest Place Dividend: €989.10, Navan, 26/01/2008