• Galway Summer Festival

    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.

    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. 


  • Summer Festival Highlights

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    The Opening Day

    Monday, 26th July

    The highly-anticipated week long seven-day Galway Races Summer Festival kicks off on Monday 26th July with the first of seven races taking place at 7.45pm.

    More information about the Galway Races will be made available closer to race week.


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    Throwback Tuesday

    Tuesday, 27th July

    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. 

    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.

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    Galway Plate Day

    Wednesday, 28th July

    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  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.

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    The Guinness Hurdle & Ladies Day

    Thursday 30th of July

    Widely renowned as ‘Ladies Day’ at the Galway Races, Thursday traditionally combines the very best in horse racing and stunning fashion.  The first of eight jump races takes place at 4.45pm and the last race at 8.15pm. Thursday features the much sought after Galway Hurdle Handicap race with an impressive prize fund of €300,000 on offer.

    Join Ireland’s stylish racegoers on Thursday 29th July as they flock to Galway for the Her Best Dressed Lady competition at the Galway Races Summer Festival. One of the biggest days in the Irish Racing calendar, this event is also an unmissable day out for fashion lovers


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    Friday, 30th August

    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.

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    Super Saturday

    Saturday, 31st July

    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.

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    Mad Hatters Day

    Sunday, 1st August

    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.

    For 2021 our “Mega” Family Days will take place on Saturday and Sunday of the Summer Festival Meeting.

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