An Action Packed Weekend Ahead…
Tuesday 24th October 2017
AN ACTION-PACKED BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND AT GALWAY RACES
This weekend, Galway Racecourse will host its final two days of racing for 2017 on Sunday 29th and Bank Holiday Monday 30th October. There’s an action-packed weekend lined up including superb national hunt racing, a visit from the current All Ireland Senior and Minor Hurling Champions, the inaugural ‘Pub Pint Race’ in aid of Western Alzheimer’s, the National University of Ireland Galway ‘Student Race Day’ plus delicious food options, on course bookmakers, the big screen, live music and of course the meeting of old friends and new at Ballybrit.
First race on Sunday 29th October is at 1.05pm with seven jump races on the card, including the feature race ‘The Faber Audiovisuals Handicap Hurdle of €26,500’. Race sponsors on the day include Renvyle House Hotel, Tattersalls Ireland, Sanserv, Corrib Oil and Sword Security. On Monday just before the off of the first race, Galway Racecourse will stage a fundraising fun run the ‘Pub Pint Race’ in aid of Western Alzheimer’s. A parade of the participating pubs will take place in the parade ring at 12.15pm with the race occurring at 12.30pm in front of the mains stands. Each participating pub has raised funds to take part in this race with a representative from each pub to race (run) a short distance against the other pubs with a pint on a tray. The person that finishes the fastest with the most liquid left in their glass wins. The winning pub will receive a commissioned sculpture kindly designed and donated by local artist Liam Butler that will be displayed in their premises for the year.
Bank Holiday Monday sees the return of the hugely popular ‘Student Race Day’ in conjunction with the National University of Ireland Galway ‘Volunteer Services Abroad’ organisation and the University Rugby Club. The special €20 student all-inclusive ticket can be purchased from the NUIG Socs Box. For students the ticket includes a return bus from NUIG to the racecourse, admission to the races and entry into the after party in town later that night.
On Monday our race goers will enjoy seven national hunt races, live music, fashion competitions plus lots more. First race is off at 1.10pm including the feature race ‘The Kone Handicap Steeplechase of €26,000’. Other sponsors on the day include W. B. Gavin & Co, the Irish European Breeders Fund, Corrib Food Products, Barna Recycling, John Mulholland Bookmakers and Reaneys of Galway Bus company.
Commenting on the weekend ahead General Manager of Galway Racecourse Michael Moloney said “we’ve had a great year and we’re looking forward to some cracking racing this weekend as we finish up the season for 2017. We’ve also invited the All Ireland Galway hurlers, the senior and minor teams to enjoy a day’s racing as we couldn’t finish our own season without honouring their remarkable achievement. Lots to look forward to as well for next year as we are in the middle of our exciting new €6 million re-development project that will be revealed to our racegoers just in time for the Galway Races Summer Festival 2018! In the meantime, once we finish racing this weekend the racecourse will be getting ready for ‘Elf Town’ which opens from November 25th. We’ve a very important man due to arrive from the North Pole into Ballybrit this Christmas”.
This weekend, turnstiles open one and a half hours before the first race with ample free car parking. Admission for adults on both days is €15 and children under 16 years of age free of charge. For more information and to book tickets visit www.galwayraces.com