Galway Racing

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The capital city of Ireland, Dublin, is a cosmopolitan world city but for a real sense of the history and culture of Ireland, many head for the west coast to Galway. Awash with cultural events held throughout the year, Galway celebrates the music, arts, dance and traditions of Ireland like nowhere else and an integral part of these traditions is horseracing. Ballybrit Racecourse is the local venue and when it comes to Galway racing, the week long Summer Festival, held from the last Monday in July, is the only show in town.

The Summer Festival is the longest race meeting held in the UK and Ireland and is a major event in horseracing, drawing the crowds from near and far.

Free Horse Racing Tips, Click Here! As popular with keen racegoers as holidaymakers who wish to incorporate an unforgettable raceday into their cultural tour of Galway, the Summer Festival provides ample opportunities for fun, excitement and superb hospitality.

The Festival dates back to 1869, when it was held over two days and has grown to become a true highlight of the sporting, commercial and social calendar in the city.

The main National Hunt fixtures of the Festival are the Galway Plate and Galway Hurdle, held on the Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

Certainly the busiest days, Thursday is particularly notable for also incorporating Ladies Day, a chance to put the best foot forward and win a prize for the best dressed or the best hat. A terrific social atmosphere adds to the proceedings.

The right handed track is a mile and 2 furlongs and is renowned for presenting a unique set of challenges for participants. The final two fences are closer together than in any other National Hunt event and to compound the difficulty they are located within a dip which requires a steep descent followed by a climb to the finish. Galway racing is often a tight and thrilling spectacle as a result.

The Summer Festival, although the best attended and most highly regarded, is just one of three festivals held at the course over the season, the further two being the Autumn and October Festivals.

There is plenty of scope then for enjoying some excellent Galway racing and enhancing the day through a series of hospitality options, perfect for group, corporate or family days out at the races.

Tickets may be purchased on the day and the gates open 2 hours prior to the first race.

Accompanied children under 14 can get in free for the Autumn and October Festivals and for just a small charge for the Summer Festival. Arriving early is the best way to get acquainted with all the facilities at the course and to soak up the atmosphere.
Galway Racing, inside rail

Galway Racing, winner The Millennium Stand has 1600 seats in the upper section, providing the perfect vantage point for Galway racing as well as easy access to betting and drinks facilities.

These seats must be reserved well in advance and are sold out quickly. A seat may be reserved for specific days or for the full week of the Summer Festival.

The Millennium Stand has many drinks, dining and betting outlets and within the Killanan Stand there are hospitality suites in which to host a private celebration or corporate get together as part of raceday. A full range of other facilities are found throughout the course, from fine food to fast food and beer to champagne. Galway racing truly has something for everyone.