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The recession has hit hard, wallets are lighter, and the marquee is gone, yet this summer’s race meeting is set to battle against the odds, and provide as good a race festival as ever before.
A city fashion store which is celebrating 100 years in business has increased its commitment to Ladies Day at the Galway Races.
The Galway Race Ball committee has confirmed that this year’s ball will go ahead. This is the ninth year of the event which has raised in excess of €500,000 for Irish charities. The event is one of the highlights of the Galway Race week calendar and is the place to be seen for the countrys fashionistas.
The ‘Galway Knees up’ Ladies Day after party at the Galway Racing Festival 2009 is in its first year and has almost sold out. Tickets for the event are becoming a rare and valued commodity, with anticipation rising over the plethora of celebrity faces and quality auction items available on the night. Among the star-studded guests will be MCs for the evening Karen Koster and Hector O h’Eochagain. Champion jockeys Ruby Walsh and AP McCoy will also host tables on the night, together with many other well known names from the world of racing and business.
Next week Ballybrit will reverberate to the sound of hooves as the annual summer festival of racing at Galway starts again.
Roscommon Racecourse will host two evening race meetings in August. On Tuesday August 4 the first race is at 5.50pm. This is a mixed card with both flat and national hunt racing and features a very high class flat handicap for fillies only. This race is over 1.5 miles and will have runners from all the top yards in the country.
The Galway hat shop, located downstairs in Corbett Court/Eyre Square centre, boasts the best selection of international and Irish milliners in the country. This enables the store to offer customers a wide selection of individual designers with unique styles. Designers include Catherine Cooke, Nigel Raymond Couture, Vivienne Sheriff Millenry, and Peter Bettley.
This year’s racing festival is set to be massive with a total of 62 horses entered in this year’s William Hill Galway Plate, and 61 horses entered in the The Arthur Guinness Galway Hurdle.
Long-running sponsors of Galway’s most prestigious horse race, the Galway Plate, will discontinue its support next year.
Time to get a trick or a treat at the Galway Races as the much anticipated October race meeting gets under way this Bank Holiday weekend.