Galway Races

  • It is day two of the Galway Races.

    This evening's feature behind closed doors is the Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap at 6.45.

    18 horses, including last year's winner 'Saltonstall', go to post.

    The going is soft and the first of 8 races is off at 4.45.


    It's also day one of Glorious Goodwood.

    'Stradivarius' is the favourite for the Goodwood Cup at 3.15, with the Aidan O'Brien trained Irish Derby winner 'Santiago' in opposition.

    The meeting begins at 1.10.

  • 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.

  • It's day one of the Galway Races, which will take place behind closed doors due to Covid-19.

    The first of eight races at Ballybrit gets underway at 4.10.

  • The Galway Hurdle is the feature race on day four of race week at Ballybrit.

    The market is headed by 'Felix Desjy' - the race goes to post at 6.45.

    The first of eight races on soft ground goes to post at 4.45.

    Over at Goodwood, Donnacha O'Brien saddles favourite 'Fancy Blue' in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes at 3.15.

  • 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.

  • This year's Galway Festival will only take place behind closed doors.

    The Galway Race Committee remain hopeful that this year's festival can still go ahead, even if it's not open to the public.

    This year's Festival was due to run from July 27th to August 2nd  -meaning it would be affected by the ban on mass gatherings.

    Close to 130-thousand patrons came through the gates at Ballybrit last year.




    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 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 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.



  • The Galway Racing Festival may be over four months away but speculation is already mounting if crowds will be allowed to attend.

    The Racecourse manager Michael Moloney joined Michael D McAndrew on Midwest Sport this afternoon to discuss the possibility and look at the overall significance of the festival.

  • It's the penultimate day of the Galway Festival, with a seven-race card beginning at Ballybrit at twenty-five-to-three.

    Kilbeggan also hosts a seven-race programme this evening with the first off the Midlands track at a quarter-past-two.

  • 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.

  • Galway stages the first of three days of racing today.

    The first race goes to post at 2.05pm.


    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 an eight-race card at Navan this afternoon with the first off at 2.05.

    While an eight-race programme at Galway gets underway at five-to-2.



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