Galway Races

  • Its day five of racing in the Galway races as people flock to the east of the city for fun and festivities.

    Today's feature race at Ballybrit is the 70-thousand euro Guinness Handicap which is due off at 10-to-7.

    The first of a seven-race card is off this evening at 5.10.

    Our racing tip comes in the 7.25 race, number 5 Invitation.

  • 8-to-1 shot Saltonstall was the surprise winner of the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap - the feature race on day 2 of the Galway Festival yesterday.

    The Adrian McGuinness-trained horse pipped 12-to-1 chance Innamore to the post, with Quizical third at a price of 16-to-1.


    Meanwhile, the Galway Plate is the feature on day 3 of the Galway Festival.

    The seven-race card at Ballybrit gets underway at 5.10.

  • The Galway Summer Racing Festival gets underway this evening.

    The feature race, the Connacht Hotel Handicap boasts a 20-strong field.

    Today's action at Ballybrit gets underway at 5.20.




    The gates have opened at Ballybrit , as the Galway Summer racing festival gets underway this evening.

    Horse racing enthusiasts and fashionistas from across the country will gather in Galway this week for the 150th year of the renowned festival.

    The first of 7 races this evening is off at 5.20pm.

    The festival is worth about €54 million to the local economy, and 145,000 people are expected to attend over the course of the week.

    President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina will attend the races on Wednesday - Galway Plate Day, while Ladies Day takes place on Thursday.

    Saturday is family day at the Galway Races, while the Mad Hatters competition takes place next Sunday, on the final day of the festival.


  • The Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap is the feature race on day two of the Galway Festival.

    The Ger Lyons-trained Inscribe is due to go off favourite, with competition from Aidan O'Brien's Bond Street, and Willie Mullins' Riven Light.

    Lyons is hoping that Inscribe  can show his ability over the mile

    Mullins' trained two winners on the opening day, yesterday with Ruby Walsh marking his return after 4-months out with victory aboard Easy Game in yesterday evening's first race.

    Walsh will return on Exchange Rate in today's opening race which is due off at 5.20.

  • Jockey Dylan Robinson has been handed a three-year ban after testing positive for cocaine at a meeting in Galway on October 9 last year.

    Based with leading Irish trainer Henry de Bromhead, Robinson rode the biggest winner of his career to date when steering Ornua to a Grade Three success at Roscommon last October.

    The Irish Independent reports that Dylan Robinson was one of five jockeys who tested positive for cocaine in Ireland in 2018.

    The Referrals Committee of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board handed down the suspension following a hearing on Tuesday.

    Mr Robinson said he could not remember events from the night in question and did not remember taking any substance.

    In arriving at their three-year ban, the Referrals Committee accepted that the incident was a once-off and noted that Robinson had shown a willingness to learn from his error but they had to take into account the seriousness of the offence and the fact that he could have compromised the safety of other riders by riding with cocaine in his system.

    The matter will be reviewed again later this year.




  • After an attendance of about 17,000 people in Ballybrit yesterday for the Galway Plate, today is Ladies Day and Galway Hurdle Day - combining the best in racing and fashoin for the pinnacle of the Summer racing calendar.

    Gates at the racecourse have been open since 11.30 with the style stalwarts arriving early to be seen by judges, in the hope of being invited to the Best Dressed marquee.

    The winner of the Best Dressed Lady competition will receive a €10,000 prize, with a €2,000 prize for the Best Hat competition.

    On the trace, the first of 8 races goes to post at 1.40, while the feature race today is the Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap.



  • President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina will attend Day 3 of the Galway Races today.

    It's an evening meeting, with the 7-race card at Ballybrit getting underway at 5.10.

    The Galway Plate is the feature race today.

    Yesterday's official attendance at the festival was almost 14,600.



  • There is an 8-race jumps card at Galway today.

    The first goes to post at 3.45.


    There is racing today at Galway, with the first of a seven race card underway at 4.15.

  • The September meeting continues at Galway this afternoon, where the first of a seven-race card goes to post at 4.15.

    It's an all flat card today with the feature, the Ardilaun Hotel Oyster Stakes.


    There's a seven-race card at Galway this afternoon where the first is off at 2.05.

  • The Willie Mullins-trained Sharjah has carried top-weight to win today's feature at the Galway Races - the Guinness Galway Hurdle.

    The 12-to-1 shot battled past Blazer in the closing stages in Ballybrit with Leoncavallo and Bedrock completing the places.

    Jockey Patrick Mullins says it's a 'dream come true' to have taken victory in the big race.

    The beginners chase was won by the Willie Mullins-trained Minella Beau, while Davy Russell steered Rashaan to victory in the Open Gate Brewery Novice Chase.

    Honor Oak won the Rockshore Handicap, while Yulong Gold Fairy won the listed Fillies Stakes for trainer Dermot Weld, and the Guinness Novice Hurdle was won by Calie Du Mesnil from the Willie Mullins stable.


  • The Guinness Galway Hurdle is the feature on the fourth day of the Galway Festival.

    Joseph O'Brien's Band of Outlaws is battling the Willie Mullins-trained Shanning to be favourite, and that's off at 5-to-5.

    Mullins is set to saddle four contenders in the contest.

    That's part of an eight-race card at Ballybrit gets underway at the earliet time today of 2pm.

  • Willie Mullins' domination of the Galway Festival continued last night.

    Riven Light was a 10-to-1 winner of the feature race on day 2, the Colm Quinn BMW Novice Hurdle, to bring Mullins' winning total to four.

    He saddles six entrants in the feature on day 3 - the Galway Plate.

    Patrick's Park is due to go off as favourite for that one.

    The action at Ballybrit gets underway at 5.10.