Galway Racecourse plays host to one of the most iconic race meetings in the world, the famous Galway Races Summer Festival. Known as ‘race week’ locally, the Festival traditionally draws hundreds of thousands of people from all over our island and worldwide.This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, for health and safety reasons,racing will be behind closed doors, and unfortunately the event will not be open to the public.
In terms of the action on the racecourse, the highlight of the week is arguably the historic Galway Plate, a valuable handicap chase that takes places on the Wednesday of the meeting. The day after that, the prestigious Galway Hurdle takes centre stage.
The Galway Races will take place behind closed doors this year with coverage of the festival on RTE. We will be bringing behind the scenes coverage of the festival on HRI's social channels as the week unfolds.
The seven-day Galway Races Summer Festival kicks off on Monday 27th July. The first race of the day gets underway at 4.45 PM with a full seven race Flat card. The last race kicks off at 7.45pm.
Join us via RTE television and our HRI & Galway Races social media channels for the second day of the 2020 Galway Races Summer Festival where we have seven flat races on offer. First race is off at 4.45pm and the last race at 7.45pm.
Racing on Tuesday evening centres around the COLM QUINN BMW Mile Handicap which has a prize pot of €120,000 designed to attract the best handicappers in this division in Ireland.
thetote.com Galway Plate day is one of the best days to enjoy some superb national hunt racing and witness a cracking historic race. Wednesday marks the third day of the Summer Festival which gets underway at 4.45pm with eight outstanding races on the card.The longstanding thetote.com Galway Plate is run over a distance of 2 miles 6 furlongs 111 yds with a round of fourteen fences to jump in total. The last two fences, situated three furlongs from the finish, are the closest fences together of any racecourse in the world.
Widely renowned as ‘Ladies Day’ at the Galway Festival, Thursday combines the very best in racing and fashion for the pinnacle of the summer racing calendar. The first of eight races takes place at 4:45pm with the feature race the ‘Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap’ with an impressive prize fund of €300,000 on offer.
A Virtual Ladies Day ExperienceWhile we’re disappointed race goers can’t be at Galway in person this Summer to enjoy all that Ladies Day offers, the Galway Races team are very energised and excited to be planning a ‘Virtual Ladies Day Experience’. Until now, only race goers with tickets for the Thursday of the Galway Races have been able to enter the competition. However, this year all ladies are welcome to enter, no matter where in the world you may be.
With eight competitive jump races on the card, racing on Friday kicks off at 4.45pm with the last race at 8.15pm. The feature race on the day is the fourth race at 6.15pm, The Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Steeplechase, run over 2 miles 6 furlongs and 111 yards.Fridays Most Stylish Competition
The ‘Fridays Most Stylish Award’ is one of the highlights of the week for the ladies who attend the Galway Races and there is always a fantastic atmosphere. Ladies are eligible to enter, simply by submitting a photograph of themselves in their outfit via the Fridays Most Stylish Facebook event page (which Galway will launch shortly).Further details of this event will be announced so keep an eye on all of Galway's social media platforms for the latest news on celebrity judges, the much sought after prize and style guide for 2020.
With seven competitive flat races on the card, racing on Saturday kicks off at 2.15pm with the last race at 5.15pm. The feature race on the day is the sixth race at 4.45pm, The Galway Shopping Centre Handicap run over one mile and four furlongs.
With seven competitive flat races on the card, racing on Sunday kicks off at 2.15pm with the last race at 5.15pm. The feature race on the day is the fourth race at 3.45pm, The Irish Stallions Farms EBF Ahonoora Handicap run over seven furlongs.
The Mad Hatters Competition 2020 in Association with Ireland West Airport Knock.Hugely popular with children and families, this Summer, the ‘Mad Hatters Competition’ is back, but with a virtual twist and a new theme, ‘Cheering on our Front-Line Heroes’. Taking place online on the final day of our Summer Festival, Sunday 2nd August, Galway are in search of the most colourful and creative hats.How to enter:On the day of the competition, Sunday 2nd August, take a selfie or photograph of your creation and post it on social media (Facebook, Instagram or both).Tag both the Galway Races and Ireland West Airport, and use the hashtag #MadHattersForTheHeroesOn the day, entries are open from 10.00am to 3pm. Three finalists in each category announced at 4pm on social media.The winner of both the children and adult category will be announced at 4.30pm.Best of luck!
Galway Races Virtual Ladies Day 2020