Galway Race Committee have announced that Guinness have renewed their sponsorship at the Galway Racecourse for a further five years to the value of €1million.
This will include the featured Guinness Galway Handicap Hurdle, the richest hurdle race to be run in Ireland, which takes place on Ladies Day, Thursday, July 31st and the Guinness Handicap on Friday August 1st.
Guinness have been sponsoring races at the Galway Racecourse for nearly 50 years now with the relationship between both parties stemming way back to 1965.
“We are delighted to announce that Guinness have renewed their sponsorship with us for a further five years,” the Galway Racecourse manager John Moloney said.
“They have been with us long before I started here and it’s magnificent that we can continue this long and fruitful relationship together,” he added.
Galway Racecourse also host the richest flat handicap to be run in Ireland on Tuesday, July 29th, The Topaz Mile. The Tote Galway Plate, a race steeped in Irish racing history takes centre stage on Wednesday, July 30th.
The Race week kicks off with The Galway Best Hotels Race Day on Monday, July 28thwith the €70,000 Connacht Hotel Qualified Riders Handicap being the feature event on the card. Galway would also like to welcome new sponsor to the Galway Summer Festival Colm Quinn BMW in the final race of Monday’s card, the €10,000 I.N.H flat race.
The Ladbrokes Day takes place on Saturday, August 2nd and the €45,000 Grade C Handicap Hurdle is the feature event of the Day. The Race Week concludes with the €100,000 European Breeders Fund ‘Ahonoora’ Premier Handicap to be run over a distance of seven furlongs.
“We are very proud that every race throughout the week will be sponsored. Without the sponsorship, none of this would be possible. We are very grateful and look forward to a great week of racing at the Galway Festival,” Moloney said.
The Galway Race Committee today officially launched the seven day Galway Race Week Summer Festival in Gordon Elliott’s Longwood stables in Co. Meath, where the trainer paraded his horses that will be running at the 2014 Galway Festival. They included Galway Hurdle hope Bayan and intended runners for the Galway Plate Plan A, Raajih and Cause of Causes.
Gordon Elliott said: “I love running my horses at the Galway Festival because the ground is always fantastic and the prize money is wonderful. It’s the best race meeting of the summer.”