Horse Racing Ireland has announced the Galway Festival will remain a seven-day meeting on its original dates this year.

However, there will be significant changes to the traditional race programme, with the opening two days to host Flat races only, while the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday cards will be all National Hunt.

The Irish Times reports that the festival will begin on July 27th, the meeting will conclude with two all-Flat cards.

The Galway Plate and Galway Hurdle will be run on the Wednesday and Thursday as normal.

The revised HRI fixture list for July features 47 meetings, three more than in the original schedule.

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