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 €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, tune into all the action on the day with RTE, Racing TV and on radio with Galway Bay FM.

This July, stay in touch with all that’s happening at the Galway Races by tuning in daily to their social media channels via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. The team in Galway have lots of interviews, fun and entertainment planned to keep their fans engaged in the build up to and during the races, including:

  • The Weights Release on Monday 19th July via Facebook and Instagram LIVE.
  • A dedicated What’s App phone line during the festival for fans to send in their text messages and videos of support direct to all taking part in Ballybrit. Applicable race week only, send your messages into (087) 932 8015.
  • Daily onsite show ‘The Mane Attraction’ direct from the team at the track, bringing you up close and personal and behind the scenes of Irelands largest horse racing festival.

Follow us for all the latest updates LIVE as they happen on our social media channels using the hashtags #GalwayRaces #GiddyforGalway


  • 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

Her’s Best Dressed competition at the Galway Races is back, and this year we are #GiddyForGalway. 

Things aren’t quite back to normal yet but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate safely and in style. This year’s event, on Thursday, July 29th, will be a fully interactive and virtual experience for anybody who wants to take part – and for the lucky few who will be in attendance on the day.

Whether you’re at home wearing the gorgeous outfit you wished you had been able to wear to the races, or you’ve managed to secure yourself a spot at the track on July 29, you could be in with a chance of being crowned Her Best Dressed this year.

Her is delighted to welcome model and blogger Louise O’Reilly, also known as @StyleMeCurvy, as a judge for this year’s event. Louise’s prestige in the fashion world and her penchant for glamour will no doubt make this year’s competition well worth getting involved in.

Louise O’Reilly, model and blogger at @StyleMeCurvy, says: “I’m looking forward to seeing what outfits people put together, be it whether they’re upcycling something from the wardrobe they have, or getting something new. I’m also a huge hat lover, I’m a big fan of Irish designers and Irish milliners.

Louise adds that when judging this year’s entries, she will be paying particular attention to colour. She says:

“I like to see things flow, and people share their own individual sense of style. It could just be colour blocking interesting colours, I love pops of colour. I’ll also be looking out for classic styles, really nice tailoring, and seeing how they balance their outfit. Colour, for me, is always key.”

To enter the Her Best Dressed competition, simply post a photo to Instagram along with a screenshot of a charity donation of your choice (minimum of €5 per entry). Use the hashtags #HerBestDressed and #IMadeMyDonation, tag the charity of your choice, and include @galway_races and @herdotie.

Once the competition opens for entries on the day, judge Louise will scroll through the photos and deliberate until the entries closes later that day. All finalists and overall winners must be available for interview with Her. To keep up to date on Her Virtual Ladies’ Day Best Dressed Competition, see


Best Dressed Lady 

A luxurious stay for two people in Fota Island Cork. The prize includes:

  • Two night stay for two people in a Deluxe Room
  • A ground, restorative face, neck and scalp ritual.
  • Breakfast on both mornings
  • Dinner on an evening of your choice,
  • Plus a bottle of Prosecco on arrival.


Best Hat Winner 

A relaxing stay for two people in stunning Wine Port Lodge Athlone. Enjoy:

  • A two night stay in a lakeview room with a bottle of Prosecco on arrival
  • Dinner on a night of your choice
  • Plus spa thermal access.
  • T&C’s: valid on stays from 1st September 2021. Subject to availability. Not valid on Bank Holidays and selected black out dates.
  • Voucher is valid for 6 months.


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

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...

Get Involved

Post an Instagram Photo or a Tweet with the hashtag below.


🏆Congratulations to @ctkjockey winner of inaugural The Pat Smullen Perpetual Trophy for Leading Flat Jockey at our Summer Festival.

✨Very special.

#GalwayRaces #Champion #PatSmullen #Friendships

🏆Congratulations to @ctkjockey winner of inaugural The Pat Smullen Perpetual Trophy for Leading Flat Jockey at our Summer Festival.

✨Very special.

#GalwayRaces #Champion #PatSmullen #Friendships

💛Today we remember a very special person & a regular to our winners enclosure here at Galway, Pat Smullen.A gent, champion jockey, warrior & friend to so many
🏆The Pat Smullen Perpetual Trophy will today be awarded to this weeks Leading Flat Jockey
#Friendships #GalwayRaces

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