The Guinness Hurdle & Ladies Day - Thursday 30th of July

Day 4 of racing behind closed doors.

Widely renowned as ‘Ladies Day’ at the Galway Races, Thursday traditionally combines the very best in horse racing and stunning fashion.  The first of eight jump races takes place at 4.45pm and the last race at 8.15pm. Thursday features the much sought after Galway Hurdle Handicap race with an impressive prize fund of €300,000 on offer.

Regarded as Ireland’s largest horse racing Festival, this year as we will race behind closed doors we invite you to sit back in the comfort of your own home and join us via RTE television and our social media channels as we bring you live coverage of all the action both on and off the track.

A Virtual Ladies Day Experience

While we’re disappointed our race goers can’t be here in person this Summer to enjoy all that our Ladies Day offers, we’re very energised and excited to be planning a ‘Virtual Ladies Day Experience’. Until now, only race goers with tickets for the Thursday of the Galway Races have been able to enter the competition. However, this year all ladies are welcome to enter, no matter where in the world you may be.  Start planning your ladies day outfits and hats and celebrate the women in your life (your mum, friends, sisters and daughters). Now more than ever we need to relish these very special relationships. More information will be released shortly. We’re very excited about this one!!!!

“The secret of great style is to feel good in what you wear.”

Quote Inés de la Fressange

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.

Raceday Programme

Gates Open
First Race
Last Race
Number of races


Admission Prices

Adult Admission*
Senior Citizens
Children 17 & Under (Must be accompanied by Parent or Guardian) ***
Reserved Seat on the Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand:

*Must be aged 18 or over.

** Must be aged 18 or over & hold a valid Student I.D.

***Must be accompanied by Parent or Guardian for admission and for the duration of the raceday.


How it works

This is a chance for all ladies, no matter where you live in the world, to take part from your living room, kitchen or garden. Whether you’re wearing the outfit you were originally going to wear to the Galway Races or simply just fancy dressing up for a change, you’ll be in a chance of winning the Best Dressed Competition 2020. We will be announcing details on our judges, the prize and how you can enter online very soon. Please keep an eye on our social media channels.


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

Our New Virtual Ladies Day ' Best Dressed Competition' for 2020

More to follow...

This year all ladies are eligible to enter our virtual Ladies Day ‘ Best Dressed Competition’ simply by submitting a photograph or video of themselves in their outfit via a dedicated Facebook Event page. More information will be revealed shortly. We’re excited!!!

“Life is too short to wear boring clothes,” Rachel Zoe.

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