Galway has claimed the top honour as the ‘Racecourse of the Year’ at the annual Horse Racing Ireland awards held in Leopardstown Racecourse.
It marks the end of another successful year for the team at Galway Racecourse, having recently received an award from the Association of Irish Racehorse Owners in recognition of their efforts to enhance the race day experience of the owner at Galway.
In addition, the racecourse announced a new €6 million redevelopment plan, aimed at enhancing the racecourse facilities ahead of the 2018 festival.
Also at the awards, Galway-born trainer Mouse Morris won the Outstanding Achievement Award, which was decided by both the Irish racing media and racing fans. He remarkably saddled the winner of both the Irish Grand National and the Aintree Grand National in the same season – something that has not been done since the 1880s.
Pictured are: Marian Coy; Peter Allen, chairman of the Galway Race committee; Michael Moloney, general manager of the Galway Races; Joe Keeling, chairman of Horse Racing Ireland; and Declan Burke, Western Region representative for the Racegoer Forum at the annual Horse Racing Ireland awards.