Guinness Galway Hurdle & Ladies Day

The Guinness Hurdle & Ladies Day - Thursday 28th July

NEW: €13,000 Cash Bonanza On Offer for our 2022 Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat Competitions, generously sponsored by The Connacht Hospitality Group.

“The secret of great style is to feel good in what you wear”, Inés de la Fressange

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 2.10pm. 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!

 

LADIES DAY 2022

The Connacht Hospitality Group will sponsor both the Best Dressed Lady competition with a €10,000 cash prize, and €3,000 to the winner of the Best Hat. Based in Galway City, the Connacht Hospitality Group  is a family run Galway business that comprises of three hotels (The Connacht Hotel, Hyde Hotel and The Residence Hotel), three bars (Hyde Bar, An Púcán and 1520 Bar), Galway Bay Golf Resort and Active 24 Fitness.  The group prides themselves on quality hospitality, friendly customer service and creating unique experiences.

On The Day…

  • On the day, turnstiles open @ 11.15am.
  • Judging takes place from 11.30am  with the winner announced after 3pm.
  • Dedicated Lady’s Day marquee to be located outside the Champagne Bar (The Wilson Lynch Building).
  • Judging the Best Dressed Lady competitions on the day is Head Judge and well-known stylist Mandy Maher who will be joined by fellow judge Kieran O’Malley Digital Marketing Manager for the Connacht Hospitality Group. Commenting on this exciting news, Mandy Maher said, “I’m honoured, overwhelmed and super excited to the Head Judge at this year’s Best Dressed Lady at the Galway Races. I can’t wait to see all the glamour and style back at Ballybrit”. 

HOW TO GET SELECTED?

  • The Galway Races has a long held tradition of selecting ladies here on site. Our judges pick you from the crowd and hand you the hotly sought after ‘finalist badge’;
  • Based on customer feedback we’ve made some welcomed changes to the day itself:
    • NEW: ladies can now pre-register for Ladies Day via our website the morning of the event (from 8am – 11am), by uploading a photograph of them in their outfit and their details. They must be here on the day to get selected. The judges receive your entry & should you be selected as a finalist, a member of the judging team will phone you. 
    • NEW: we have also lengthened the time you have to enter the competition, moving the completion time for judging from 1pm to 3pm to give people a chance to make their way to the course and relax and enjoy themselves. We look forward to seeing you all. 

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 €40 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!

 

NEW: The Parade Ring Lounge

It’s All About The Location! Prices start from €20 per person. 

New for the 2022 Galway Races Summer Festival is the welcomed addition of ‘The Parade Ring Lounge’ experience for you and your friends, located in a prime position beside the Weight Room. The Parade Ring Lounge offers our race goers an elevated racing experience in a superb location beside the parade ring, in which you can enjoy the electric and fun atmosphere that the Galway Races is famous for. Book early to secure your badge for the new Parade Ring Lounge.  Space is limited. Pre-booking strongly advised. Check it out today and book online. Click here.

The Parade Ring Lounge will open as gates open, 2 ½ hours before the first race. Marquee will close one hour after the last race.

What’s included:

    • Parade Ring Lounge Access Badge
    • Viewing area from the Marquee of the Parade Ring
    • Special guest racing tipster to kick off the day’s racing
    • Access to private Tote betting facilities
    • Full cash bar facilities
    • Unreserved informal seating

We look forward to seeing you. Giddy up, we’re off to Galway!

 

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

LADIES DAY ENTRY

How it works
  • IRELANDS LEADING HORSE RACING FESTIVAL ANNOUCE A WHOPPING €13,000 CASH PRIZE FOR THEIR LADIES’ DAY.
  • NEW SPONSOR ON-BOARD FOR THE BEST DRESSED LADY COMPETITION, LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD, THE CONNACHT HOSPITALITY GROUP.
  • BEST DRESSED LADY TO WIN €10,000 CASH. BEST HAT WINNER TO SCOOP €3,000 CASH.

Galway Racecourse is delighted to announce a new and exciting three-year partnership deal with the Connacht Hospitality Group for the popular Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat competitions that take place on Thursday 28th July, ‘Guinness Galway Hurdle Day’ during the seven-day Summer Festival. This promises to be one of the biggest days in the Irish racing calendar, and an unmissable day out for fashion lovers.

The Connacht Hospitality Group will sponsor both the Best Dressed Lady competition with a €10,000 cash prize, and €3,000 to the winner of the Best Hat. Based in Galway City, the Connacht Hospitality Group  is a family run Galway business that comprises of three hotels (The Connacht Hotel, Hyde Hotel and The Residence Hotel), three bars (Hyde Bar, An Púcán and 1520 Bar), Galway Bay Golf Resort and Active 24 Fitness.  The group prides themselves on quality hospitality, friendly customer service and creating unique experiences.

JUDGES

Judging the Best Dressed Lady competitions on the day is Head Judge and well-known stylist Mandy Maher who will be joined by fellow judge Kieran O’Malley Digital Marketing Manager for the Connacht Hospitality Group. Commenting on this exciting news, Mandy Maher said, “I’m honoured, overwhelmed and super excited to the Head Judge at this year’s Best Dressed Lady at the Galway Races. I can’t wait to see all the glamour and style back at Ballybrit”. 

Commenting on the new sponsorship deal, Chief Executive of Galway Racecourse Michael Moloney said,this is by far our best Ladies Day prize yet! Having carried out a lot of research and getting feedback from our customers, we wanted to come back this Summer with a massive attractive prize, and what better reward than cash! This Summer we’re really excited to welcome back our race goers and have been working to ensure that the Ladies Day experience for our guests will be better than ever.”

 He continued, “Ladies Day is our most stylish day of the festival and we’ve made welcomed changes to the day itself, including lengthening the time you have to enter the competition, moving the completion time for judging from 1pm to 3pm to give people a chance to make their way to the course and relax and enjoy themselves, while also introducing a pre-registration for ladies who might not get spotted on the day but still want to enter the competition. They can now enter the morning of Ladies Day online via our

website, upload their outfit details and a photograph. Lots of welcomed improvements that we hope our racegoers will enjoy. We’re delighted to have the team from the Connacht Hospitality Group on board. They’re innovative, focused on the customer experience and have their finger on the pulse. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner for this event. We’re thrilled. Lots to look forward to. Watch this space!”.

 Commenting on their new three-year agreement, Eveanna Ryan, Director and Sales and Marketing for the Connacht Hospitality Group said, “for us at the Connacht Hospitality Group this is such an exciting partnership, the Connacht Hotel has always been synonymous with the Monday racing for a number of years with our continued sponsorship of the QR handicap, but this partnership will give us the opportunity to showcase the entire group. We could not ask for a better team to work with than Michael, Sinéad and the team at the Galway Races and we are really looking forward to this year’s festival”.

 

 

ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH RESERVED SEATS

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!).

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