The Leading Trainer Award at Galway Races Summer Festival Meeting is sponsored by Chanelle Veterinary, Ireland’s leading veterinary supplier and manufacturer of veterinary pharmaceuticals. The prize of €3,800 will be awarded to the trainer who accumulates the highest number of points throughout the racing festival and the runner up will receive a cheque for €1,200

The competition which runs over all seven days of the festival is based on a points system. Points are awarded to trainers according to their placement in the races, if a trainers horse comes in

First Place 5 Points
Second Place 3 Points
Third Place 1 Point

The trainer with the highest points wins and takes home the prize-fund and the Leading Trainer Award Trophy. Look out for our leader board each day at the racecourse to see who’s winning this particular race.


The Leading Jockey Award also known as the Jockeys Championship is sponsored by Rooney Auctioneers, Eyre Square, Galway at the Galway Races Summer Festival Meeting, and have been doing so for thirty years. The jockeys with the highest number of winners during the week, under Rules of Racing and separately under the National Hunt rules will each be presented with a cheque for € 2,000. In addition to the prize fund a Galway Crystal Trophy will be presented to each winning jockey.

2018 Winners

Leading Flat Jockey – Billy Lee

Leading National Hunt Jockey – Mark Enright

2017 Winners

Leading Flat Jockey – Billy Lee

Leading National Hunt Jockey – Barry Geraghty

2016 Winners

Leading Flat Jockey – P.J. Smullen

Leading National Hunt Jockey – Ruby Walsh

2018’s Leading Trainer Winner Willie Mullins

2016’s Leading Trainer Winner Willie Mullins

2015’s Leading Trainer Winner Dermot Weld


Admission to the Racecourse

Owners and Trainers should present their AIR card at the AIR turnstile to gain admission to the racecourse. For any queries regarding allocation of AIR cards, please contact the AIR at 01-6760911.


Owners carparking is available close to Entrance B while there is a Trainers carpark adjacent to Entrance A on the avenue.

Owners and Trainers Refreshments

Tea, Coffee and biscuits are provided free of charge in the Owners and Trainers Bar.


Children under 14 are not allowed access to the Parade Ring at any time.

Trophy for Winning Owner

As a gesture to mark this success each winning Owner  of a race will receive a trophy, a complimentary DVD of the race and a complimentary photograph of the presentation of the race.

Going Reports

Going reports are sent by text message on the morning of each race day.  If you wish your contact details to be added to this list, please contact the racecourse office on 091-753870.

Overnight Stabling

Stables do not need to be pre-booked but if you have any special stabling requirements, please contact us at 091-753870.

Overseas Runners

Runners from abroad are very welcome to run at Galway Racecourse.  There is a €300 travel allowance payable to any horse that travels from the UK and is not placed in a race.  Details regarding grooms accommodation should be directed to Annette Doyle at Weatherbys by email: adoyle@weatherbys.ie.

Stable Staff

All stable staff working on race days are provided with free meals in the Stable Yard Canteen.


Galway’s racing photographer is Pat Healy and he can be contacted by telephone at 068-21680 or by email at patcashhealy@eircom.net

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