Galway Races - Summer Festival Meeting
The Highlight of the Irish Racing Calender
Experience the ‘magic’ that is the Galway Races Summer Festival,
Monday 31st July – Sunday 6th August 2017
The famous seven day Galway Races Summer Festival returns on the 31st July with top horse racing, stunning fashion, delicious dining options and an electric atmosphere with an infectious sense of fun. The Galway Races is certainly a festival for everyone. The Festival runs for seven consecutive days starting from the last Monday in July each year. Highlights of the Summer Festival include Ladies Day, Friday’s Fair Lady and our weekend Family Days including the very popular Mad Hatters Competition. Over 145,000 people attended last years Festival where betting turnover reached great heights once again. The total prize fund for the fifty-two sponsored races reached an impressive €1.9 million.
If you fancy a flutter while at the course, there are various options for placing a bet; the Tote, on-course betting shops and on-course bookmakers. Turnstiles will open each day at approximately two hours before the first race. We look forward to welcoming you back to Galway Racecourse this year. Our hashtag for all Social Media channels is #GalwayRaces
The Ardilaun Hotel – Sponsors of the Listed Oyster Stakes at the Autumn meeting of the Galway Races
The Autumn meeting of the Galway Races begins Monday 5th September for two races, consisting of 14 races, both flat and national hunt races. One of the highlights of the racing festival will be the Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes, which takes place on the first day of the races, Monday 5th September, which is now in its twenty fifth year. Celebrating over fifty four years in business this year, the Ryan family of The Ardilaun Hotel first became associated with this prestigious race in 1991 and have continued their support over the years.
Since 1991 when this race was first introduced, well-known and highly acclaimed trainers, jockeys and owners have chosen to enter this race, one of only two listed races in the Galway Racing calendar. As far back as 1969 Paddy Ryan, who sadly passed away was a member of the Race committee when the decision was made to add the Autumn meeting to the racing calendar, creating an extra attraction in an effort to prolong the Galway tourist season; drawing visitors and tourists to the region from all over Ireland and abroad.
‘The Galway race course is a superb asset to the Galway region, attracting visitors to stay and enjoy the area and providing a great source of revenue to all sectors. Galway has benefited greatly over the years and the Ardilaun are pleased to be associated with it,’ said John Ryan, Managing Director of the Ardilaun Hotel,’ We are certainly looking forward to another great day’s racing.’
The Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes is a flat race open to colts, geldings and fillies who are three years old or more. Over the years the cream of the stables, trainers and owners have participated in this race with regular entries from leading trainers John Oxx who won in the past, Dermot Weld, Aidan O’Brien, Kevin Prendergast, Jim Bolger and Mark Johnston.
Over the years The Ardilaun Hotel Listed Oyster Stakes has drawn entries from internationally renowned owners such as Aga Khan, Godolphin Enterprise, Moyglare Stud, John Magnier and Lady Clague.
This races meeting is also very popular with people involved in the tourist industry who may not have been available to attend during the Summer.