The Guinness Hurdle & Ladies Day - Thursday 2nd of 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 1:40pm with the feature race the ‘Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap’ with an impressive prize fund of €300,000 on offer. 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!

Gates open at 11.30am and the style stalwarts are at the racecourse early to be seen and vie for a coveted invitation to the g Hotel Best Dressed marquee with fellow finalists and esteemed members of the media. Winners will be announced by 3pm.

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. Get social on Ladies Day and use the official hashtags of #gHotelBestDressed and #GalwayRaces.

Support from our Sponsors

We are delighted to have the generous support of Guinness for day four of our Summer Festival who have generously sponsored all races on the card. Thank you to the 5 star g Hotel & Spa for sponsoring Thursdays Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat competition on our popular Ladies Day.

Raceday Programme

Gates Open
First Race
Last Race
Number of races


Admission Prices

Adult Admission
Senior Citizens


Children Under 12
Reserved Seat on the Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand:

*Please note this option is only available to purchase on the day with valid I.D.


How it works

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!

11.00am: 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 Marqueee 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


Prices start from €10 per seat per day. Pre-booking essential due to high demand.

Reserved Seating with exclusive access to the private Corrib Bar with panoramic views of the finish line…(A ‘Top Tip’ from the staff at Galway Races!).

Find Out More


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 2018, 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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