The Guinness Hurdle & Ladies Day - Thursday 1st of August

Widely renowned as ‘Ladies Day’ at the Galway Races, 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 Sharjah with his son Patrick Mullins 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. 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 Best Dressed marquee with fellow finalists and esteemed members of the media. Winners will be announced by 3pm.

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 16
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

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 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!


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!).

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This years esteemed judging panel will see the introduction of Chanelle, Lady McCoy, successful entrepreneur and proud Galwegian. Chanelle has been adding glamour to the world of horseracing for many years and is married to former champion jockey AP McCoy. A previous Best Dressed winner of the Galway Races, Chanelle will be joined by Fashion Editor of the Irish Independent, Bairbre Power, and Mandy Maher, owner of Catwalk Model Agency and top Irish Stylist.  Each judge is an expert in style, creativity and fashion with an eye for detail and knows what it takes to be chosen as ‘the g Hotel Best Dressed’ 2019.

As Ireland’s top designer hotel, the g Hotel brings unique flair to the Galway Races. This year will be the third year of their Best Dressed sponsorship and the prize is the biggest yet. The lucky winner of the coveted ‘g Hotel Best Dressed Lady’ will receive:

  • An exquisite €6,000 diamond and pearl pendant generously sponsored by the quintessential Galway jewellers, Cobwebs. The stunning piece features an 11mm white South Sea pearl with a 1.08ct diamond swirl surround reminiscent of the Grand Salon mirrors at the elegant g Hotel. Cobwebs Jewellers are as interwoven in the very fabric of Galway as the g Hotel itself and this unique diamond and pearl pendant will add the perfect sparkle to Ladies Day.
  • The g Hotel Best Dressed Winner will also receive a €2,000 cash prize and a fantastic trip for two to Paris, the home of fashion including flights & accommodation.

#gHotelBestHat Prize

The lucky winner of the ‘g Hotel Best Hat’ on Ladies Day of the Galway Races will win:

  • A €1,000 voucher for Kilkenny – the home of Irish design
  • A luxurious 2 night Galway Getaway in a Junior Suite at the g Hotel with gourmet dining and spa indulgence

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

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