The Guinness Hurdle & Ladies Day - Thursday 30th of July

Widely renowned as ‘Ladies Day’ at the Galway Races, Thursday combines the very best in racing and fashion for the pinnacle of the summer racing calendar. The first of eight races takes place at 2pm with the feature race the ‘Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap’ with an impressive prize fund of €300,000 on offer. All 8 races on the card are sponsored by Guinness.

‘Ladies Day’ has always been the most visually sumptuous of our Festival events with the opportunity to socialise and show off your style. Gates open at 11.30am and the style stalwarts are at the racecourse early to be seen and vie for a coveted invitation to the Best Dressed marquee with fellow finalists and esteemed members of the media. Winners will be announced by 3pm.

Support from our Sponsors

We are delighted to have the generous support of Guinness for day four of our Summer Festival who have generously sponsored all races on the card.

Raceday Programme

Gates Open
First Race
Last Race
Number of races


Admission Prices

Adult Admission*
Senior Citizens
Children 17 & Under (Must be accompanied by Parent or Guardian) ***
Reserved Seat on the Top Floor of Millennium Grandstand:

*Must be aged 18 or over.

** Must be aged 18 or over & hold a valid Student I.D.

***Must be accompanied by Parent or Guardian for admission and for the duration of the raceday.


How it works

There is no formal entry procedure to the competitions held on Ladies Day at the Galway Races. Galway Races is unique in that the invited celebrity judges simply wander through the crowds and invite a select number of chosen finalists to the Ladies Day Marquee, adjacent to the Wilson Lynch building. If you’re planning your day, you will need to check out the times listed below so you can be sure to be spotted!


Prices start from €10 per seat per day. Pre-booking essential due to high demand.

Reserved Seating with exclusive access to the private Corrib Bar with panoramic views of the finish line…(A ‘Top Tip’ from the staff at Galway Races!).

Find Out More


Join Ireland’s stylish racegoers on Thursday 1st August as they flock to Galway for the Her Best Dressed Lady competition at the Galway Races Summer Festival. One of the biggest days in the Irish Racing calendar, this event is also an unmissable day out for fashion lovers.

Her is delighted to welcome Galway native and TV personality Síle Seoige, and nutritionist and best-selling author Rosanna Davison to the judging panel, alongside Her’s Gillian Fitzpatrick. The stylish trio of judges promise to shake up this year’s competition, throwing the rule book out the window in their hunt for the Best Dressed Lady on the day.

The Best Dressed Lady Competition is held every year at the Ballybrit racecourse and attracts crowds of over 145,000. Her’s dedicated Style section on site had close to 26 million page views in the past year, so the team is expertly positioned to showcase all of the action and behind-the-scenes excitement from #HerBestDressed on Ireland’s largest female platform.

Alongside the judges, Her’s panel of experts and style hunters will scour Ballybrit racecourse to find the very best outfits and a winner worthy of the prestigious prize, which includes a luxury holiday to the Seychelles from Emirates Holidays, the tour operator of Emirates airline, specialising in tailormade 4* and 5* holiday packages, plus €3,000 in spending money.

Speaking in advance of the fashion competition, Rosanna Davison said, “I’m looking for some genuine style, without trying too hard! The lady who wears an outfit with confidence while adding her own individual flair will stand out for me.”

Síle Seoige added: “I am thrilled to be part of this fantastic day, I have been going to Galway Ladies’ Day for years. I am looking for fun and individuality. I want to see bold colours and designs that turn heads!”

Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chief Commercial Officer at Maximum Media, says: “Every lady brings her own style to the track on the day, but Ladies’ Day is more than posing and pouting for judges. We are looking forward to showcasing all the action and behind-the-scenes excitement from Her Best Dressed Lady on our channels.”

Not only is Thursday of Galway Races a pinnacle of the fashion calendar, but Gillian says that it offers a forum for women – and entrepreneurs in particular – to support each other.

It’s about the racing for some and the fashion for others, but it is also about the business of fashion. At Galway you’ll find milliners, event organisers, PR professionals, food producers, designers, executive coaches and an array of creative types all trading ideas and connections while showing support for each other’s businesses.”

Michael Moloney Manager of Galway Racecourse said “We’re really excited to be working with such a successful vibrant Irish brand as The prize is going to be hugely sought after and the judge line up is fantastic. We’ve had a huge volume of interest since the prize was announced. Who wouldn’t want a dream holiday and €3,000 to go with it! This Summer is our 150th birthday and we look forward to welcoming all our guests to the races in July!” 

Admission on the day is €30 per person, Gates open at 11am and Her Best Dressed entrants are advised to arrive early. The finalists will be selected by 2pm at the latest. To keep up to date on Her Ladies’ Day Best Dressed Competition at the Galway Races, see

***An exciting NEW Ladies Day Best Dressed sponsor will be announced in May with an amazing show-stopping prize up for grabs! Keep an eye on our social media channels for the latest updates straight from the track.***

11.00am: gates to the racecourse are open

11.30am: Judging will commence at the racecourse where the invited judges will walk around the racecourse through the crowds and invite a select number of chosen finalists to the Ladies Day Marqueee located beside the Wilson Lynch Champagne Building. Finalists must immediately make their way to this marquee. The finalist badge is required for entry into the Ladies Day marquee.

2.30pm: all finalists in the g marquee for an informal chat with our judges.

3.30pm: the winner of the competition is announced

4.10pm: the prize giving ceremony takes place in the parade ring

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