Guinness Raises a Glass to Galway 150

Guinness has announced the renewal of its partnership with the Galway Races.

The sponsorship is set to continue for another five years, making Guinness the the longest continuous sponsor of horse racing in Ireland.

“We are delighted to continue our longstanding commitment to the Galway Races,” said Paddy Carberry, Sponsorship Manager at Diageo.

“Guinness has been involved with the Galway Races for 54 years, it’s exciting to be here for the 150th anniversary of the festival. We’re looking forward to another brilliant racing festival this summer and seeing who comes in at the Guinness Galway Hurdle”.

Guinness sponsor the card at Galway on both the Thursday and the Friday of the Summer Festival, with the hotly contested Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap race of €300,000 taking centre stage on Thursday 1st August 2019.

This year Galway Racecourse will stage its 150th Summer Festival. For a century and a half, people from all over Ireland and abroad have been coming to ‘Galway’ in their tens of thousands to enjoy the annual seven-day Galway Races.

This year plans are in place for what will be an extra special year. Prize money has been boosted to a record-breaking level in Galway to over €2.3 million, an increase of €250,000 on last year.

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 increasing to €17,000.

Pictured above are the Galway Girls Dance Troop performing at today’s Galway Races Summer Festival National Press Launch.

 

Image credit: Ryan Byrne, Inpho.ie

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