Galway is home to Ireland's biggest summer festival. Seven days of competitive action make it the highlight of the year for many. The historic Galway Plate and the Galway Hurdle are the most coveted races of the week. There are numerous notable and valuable Flat races during the Festival, including the Listed Corrib Stakes. In addition to the summer meeting, there is also two days of racing at Galway in September where the Listed Ardilaun Hotel Oyster
Stakes is the main event. A further two-day meeting takes place at Ballybrit over the bank holiday weekend in October.
Galway Races Summer Festival
The Galway Festival is undoubtedly the highpoint of the summer season with seven great days and nights of competitive racing action. The meeting runs into the busy August Bank
holiday weekend. The seven-day
extravaganza is a major social occasion and attracts the biggest crowds of the
year from far and wide. Thursday’s Ladies’ Day is the best attended race day
anywhere in Ireland. The famous Galway Plate dates back to in 1869 and is the
feature race on the Wednesday while the Galway Hurdle is the big one the
The tote.com Galway Plate
The Galway Plate is a National Hunt handicap chase held during the Galway Festival in late July/early August and is the highlight of the summer chasing programme. It is a high-class event and is open to horses aged
four years or older and is run over a distance of two miles and six furlongs.
The race was first held in 1869 as part of the then two-day Galway festival. Life Of A Lord, trained by Aidan O’Brien and
the Dermot Weld-trained Ansar are recent back-to-back winners while both Road To Riches and Carlingford Lough went on to Grade 1 success after their wins at Ballybrit.
The Guinness Galway Hurdle
With a total prize fund of €300,000, the Guinness Galway
Hurdle is the most valuable National Hunt race in the calendar. It is held on
the fourth day of the annual Galway Festival and is run over the minimum distance
of two miles. It is another race with a rich history and was first run in 1913.
In modern times, the Noel Meade-trained Pinch Hitter is the only horse to win
the race twice in 1982 and again 12 months later. Michael Winters won
back-to-back Galway Hurdles with Rebel Fitz and Missunited in 2012 and 2013
while Tony Martin also won the race in successive years with Thomas Edison in
2014 and Quick Jack in 2015.
Other notable race at Galway include:
Listed Arthur Guinness EBF Corrib Fillies
Topaz Mile Handicap
Irish Stallion Farms EBF Ahonoora Handicap
Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle
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