Gates Open: 11.00am
First Race: 1.50pm
Last Race: 6.00pm
Number of races: 8
TV: Live television coverage with RTE and At the Races.
Adult Admission: €30
Senior Citizens: €20 (Please note this option is only available to purchase on the day with valid I.D.)
Students: €25 (Please note this option is only available to purchase on the day with valid I.D.)
Children Under 12: Free
Reserved Seat: €20 (Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand)
The Guinness Hurdle & Ladies Day, Thursday 3rd August.
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 1:50pm with the feature race the ‘Galway Guinness Hurdle Handicap’ with an impressive prize of €300,000 on offer to the winner. Last year the two mile race was won by the Willie Mullins trained Clondaw Warrior with Ruby Walsh on board. All 8 races on the card are sponsored by Guinness.
‘Ladies Day’ has always been the most visually sumptuous of our Festival events with the opportunity to socialise and show off your style. You could be awarded the ultimate accolade of being voted a winner in the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed Competition and Best Hat Competition! There is an envy-inducing €10,000 prize for the winner of the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed Lady competition and €2,000 prize for the Best Hat competition. Throughout the day, there will also be live music on-course. Experience first hand the ‘magic’ that is the Galway Races.
LADIES DAY – ENTRY – how does it work?
Kindly sponsored by The g Hotel & Spa. There is no formal entry procedure to the competitions held on Ladies Day at the Galway Races. Galway Races is unique in that the invited celebrity judges simply wander through the crowds and invite a select number of chosen finalists to the Ladies Day g Marquee, adjacent to the Champagne Marquee. If your planning your day, you will need to check out the times listed below so you can be sure to be spotted!!
- 10.30am: gates to the racecourse are open
- 11.30am: Judging will commence at the racecourse
- Our five invited judges will walk around the racecourse through the crowds and invite a select number of chosen finalists to the Ladies Day g Marquee, adjacent to the Champagne Marquee, located near the parade ring.
- Finalists must immediately make their way to the g Marquee. The finalist badge is required for entry of the g Marquee.
- 2.30pm: all finalists in the g marquee for an informal chat with our judges.
- 3.30pm: the winner of both competition’s are announced
- 4.10pm: the prize giving ceremony takes place in the parade ring
Best Dressed Lady Sponsor for 2017
The award winning five star g Hotel & Spa Galway, a leading luxury hotel in the Irish hospitality industry, will sponsor The g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed Lady Competition at this year’s Galway Races Summer Festival 2017, the second year in a three year sponsorship agreement. The g Hotel & Spa is the exquisite creation of world renowned milliner and Galway native Philip Treacy. The hotel has won numerous awards for its design and ambiance since it opened its doors in 2006. Prizes on the day for Best Dressed, and Best Hat, the stakes have never been higher! The winner of the overall Best Dressed will receive a spectacular prize of €10,000, while Best Hat will receive a prize worth €2,000. Together with the g Hotel & Spa we look forward to hosting once again a superb day of style and elegance here at the Galway Races.
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