The Guinness Hurdle & Ladies Day - Thursday 28th July

Widely renowned as ‘Ladies Day’ at the Galway Races Summer Festival, Thursday combines the very best in horse racing and stunning fashion.  The first of eight national hunt races takes place at 2.30pm. Thursday features the much sought after Galway Hurdle Handicap race with an impressive prize fund of €250,000 on offer. One of the biggest days in the Irish Racing calendar, this event is also an unmissable day out for fashion lovers.

Regarded as Ireland’s largest horse racing festival, the iconic Galway Races  boasts superb horse racing, hospitality, entertainment with Live Bands and DJ’s daily, stunning fashion and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from Ireland and abroad to experience the sheer magic and infectious fun atmosphere that we are famous for!

The racecourse offers a wide variety of hospitality experiences. From panoramic views over looking the race track, to more casual fun group packages, we can offer you a variety of experiences, be it with friends or colleagues. Our all- inclusive Festival Package’ at €35 per person is ideal and very popular for large groups [minimum booking of 10 people applies for group packages]. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends. See you in Ballybrit!

Stay Connected.

Stay in touch with all that’s happening at the Galway Races by tuning into our social media channels via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The team in Galway have lots of fun and entertainment planned to keep their fans engaged in the build up to and during the races. Follow us for all the latest updates LIVE as they happen on our social media channels using the hashtags #GalwayRaces #GiddyforGalway


  • 1st race, 2.30pm: The Guinness Beginners Steeplechase
  • 2nd race, 3.05pm: The Guinness Open Gate Brewery Novice Steeplechase
  • 3rd race, 3.40pm: The Rockshore Handicap
  • 4th race, 4.15pm: The Arthur Guinness Irish EBF Corrib Fillies Stakes
  • 5th race, 4.50pm: The Guinness Novice Hurdle
  • 6th race, 5.25pm: The Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap
  • 7th race, 6.05pm: The Guinness 0.0% Handicap
  • 8th race, 6.35pm: The Guinness Time Flat Race

“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

Information on our 2022 Best Dressed Competition will be announced very soon. Stay tuned! 



Prices start from €20 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 Galway Races Summer Festival Ladies Day Best Dressed Competition' for 2022


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