Beginning today, Galway Racecourse will stage its 150th Summer Festival with tens of thousands of people from Ireland and abroad coming to the ‘City of the Tribes’ to enjoy the annual seven-day Galway Races spectacular and in the process will contribute over €54 Million to the local economy.
Prizemoney in Galway has been boosted to a record-breaking level of over €2.3 million this year, an increase of €250,000 on 2018. With fifty-two races over the seven days, each day offers a minimum prize fund of €120,000 for the feature race, with a minimum value for any race at Galway standing at €17,000.
Wednesday’s feature race, the hotly contested thetote.com Galway Plate has received a significant increase of €50,000 with the prize fund for the 150th running of this race now standing at €300,000.
Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D. Higgins will once again present the Galway Plate to winning connections on Wednesday afternoon. The famous race has produced some high-class recent winners in recent years including Carlingford Lough, Road To Riches and the 2017 winner Balko Des Flos to name but a few.
The seven-day festival begins this evening with the first race going to post at Ballybrit at 5.20pm.