Galway Races - One Of Ireland’s Most Culturally Iconic Sporting Venues

Galway races have been taking place since 1869. The racecourse itself is one of Ireland’s most culturally iconic sporting venues. Both jump and flat racing are staged here, however, racing occurs in three individual clusters in July/August, September, and October. There is no denying that the main event is the seven-day Galway Festival, which takes place in July and August. This is one of the world’s most celebrated festivals and the betting markets during this week are stronger than anywhere else in Irish racing. There have been many legendary tales regarding battles between punters and bookmakers over the year.

But, before we tell you all about the Galway Festival, let’s first take a look at the track. The track is just over a mile and a quarter and it goes right-handed. The track is sharp in character, unless the ground is testing, and there is a steep incline to the finish. This is often described as one of the most unique racecourses, as you are constantly turning and the finish is exceptionally difficult. You need a horse that has a good amount of stamina, and luck can often play a role, especially when there are big fields. In shorter races, a low draw can be very beneficial.

Information On The Famous Galway Races Festival

Moving onto Galway races on the jump track. The chase course has seven fences per circuit, with the hurdle course being laid inside the chase course, making it even sharper in character. The last two fences on this track are located after the steep incline to the finish, and they provide an extremely difficult test, as they are famous for being the two closest fences on any racecourse on a global scale. This is definitely a horse that creates track specialists, and when betting on races here it is also worth noting that some jockeys tend to do better than others.

Now, let’s take a look at the famous Galway Races Festival, which takes place on the last Monday of July and lasts for seven days. The Galway Hurdle and Galway Plate are two of the most notable races. The former is run over two miles and is open to horses aged four years and older. Recent winners include Quick Jack, Missunited, Thomas Edison, and Moon Dice. The Galway Plate is a handicap chase run over two miles and six furlongs that is open to horses aged four years old and above. Recent winners include Shanahan’s Turn, Road To Riches, Bob Lingo, and Blazing Tempo.