The Guinness Hurdle & Ladies Day - Thursday 29th July

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 4.35pm 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.

Join Ireland’s stylish racegoers on Thursday 29th July as they flock to Galway for the Her Best Dressed Lady competition at the Galway Races Summer Festival. 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, tune into all the action on the day with RTE television, Racing TV and on radio with Galway Bay FM.

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  • 1st race, 4.35pm: The Guinness Novice Hurdle
  • 2nd race, 5.10pm: The Guinness Open Gate Brewery Beginners Steeplechase
  • 3rd race, 5.45pm: The Rockshore Novice Steeplechase
  • 4th race, 6.15pm: The Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap
  • 5th race, 6.45pm: The Arthur Guinness Handicap Hurdle
  • 6th race, 7.15pm: The Guinness Novice Hurdle
  • 7th race, 7.45pm: The Guinness 0.0% Handicap Hurdle
  • 8th race, 8.15pm: 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

This year’s event, on Thursday July 30th, will be a fully interactive and virtual experience for anybody who wants to take part. All the glamour and excitement of a race day from the comfort of your own home, what more could you want? 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.

To enter, all you have to do is snap a picture of yourself as if you were heading to Ladies Day at the Galway Races, then we’re asking entrants to make a small donation to a charity of your choice and finally post the entry to Instagram… easy! Be sure to include the hashtags #HerVirtualBestDressed and #IMadeMyDonation tag @Galwayraces_official and @herdotie and you’re off to the (virtual) races.

We have fantastic prizes on offer for ‘Best Dressed’ and ‘Best Hat’ and we’re encouraging people to make a day of it and send us in your videos and pics that we can share throughout the day across our social media platforms.

Our judges this year include Her’s Cassie Stokes and Gillian Fitzpatrick as well as last year’s winner and Miss Galway 2020 Pamela Uba.


  • Best Dressed Lady
  • Best Hat

Entry details:

  • Competition date: Thursday 30th July
  • Take a picture of your glamorous self as if you were going to Ladies Day at the Galway Races
  • Then we ask you make a small donation to a charity of choice.
  • On Instagram post your photograph using the hashtags #HerVirtualBestDressed and  #IMadeMyDonation  then tag the charity of choice, @galwayraces_official and @Herdotie
  • Entries open 10am and close at 4pm.
  • Finalists announced at 5pm on social media.
  • The overall winner of both categories will be announced at 7pm.
  • N.B: the finalist’s and overall winner of the Best Dressed and Best Hat need to be available for interview in their race day outfit from 5pm.



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

    All the glamour from the comfort of your own home. A big THANK YOU to the Galmont Hotel Galway who generously sponsorsed the prizes. Check out the prizes below...

    Prizes: Provided by Galmont Hotel & Spa 

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

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