The Galway Races Summer Festival at Ballybrit takes places this year from Monday, 30th July to Sunday, 5th August 2012 and is renowned worldwide for its electric atmosphere, excellent racing and infectious sense of fun.
Celebrities can be seen sipping champagne by the Champagne Tent, the most conservative people can be heard roaring loudly above the crowd as the horses round the bend into the home stretch. The Galway Races is certainly a festival for everyone. The Festival runs for seven consecutive days starting from the last Monday in July each year. Thursday is traditionally the busiest and most stylish day of the week-long Galway Racing Festival. Ladies compete for the coveted title of Best Dressed Person or Most Elegant Hat.
The Galway Races is a hugely popular event with over 150,000 people attending annually. The total prize fund for the fifty-one sponsored races reaching an impressive €1.7+ million. If you fancy a flutter while at the course, there are various options for placing a bet at the Galway Races with the Tote, the on-course betting shops and on-course bookmakers. For more details see www.galwayraces.com
2012 Galway Racing Schedule: