The Galway Races will celebrate 150 years in July and it has never been in better health.

This year’s 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.

The hotly contested Galway Plate on Wednesday 31st July, a race synonymous with Galway and key to the history of the Festival, has received a significant increase of €50,000 with the prize fund for the 150th running of this race now standing at €300,000.

The racecourse is spreading its largesse around the wider sport as well by creating and sponsoring three new races, at Limerick, Kilbeggan and Bellewstown Racecourses. The winners of these races will now obtain an automatic place in Galway Plate or the Guinness Galway Hurdle, provided that these horses are within the Handicap.

In what will be a major boost to the Friday card of the Summer Festival, the Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Steeplechase and the Guinness Handicap Hurdle will see a significant increase in prize money with each race valued at €80,000 for 2019, an increase of €50,000 per race.

These two races are aimed at horses which do not make it into the Galway Plate and Galway Hurdle, and will provide two additional competitive features on the Friday evening.

“It’s been a very rewarding year planning for the 150th Galway Races Summer Festival and we are delighted to bring these very positive changes to our race programme and the prize money on offer,” said Michael Moloney, Racecourse General Manager.

“The increases are of huge credit to our sponsors and Horse Racing Ireland whose support has enabled us to offer some very generous prizes and feature race every day valued at a minimum of €120,000.”

“We are very much looking forward to offering some great racing and entertainment here in Galway during the Festival.”

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“HRI has been delighted to assist Galway racecourse and its sponsors in increasing prize money significantly at the Festival in recent years,” added Horse racing Ireland’s racing Director Jason Morris.

“It is only appropriate that winners at Ballybrit are appropriately rewarded given the extremely competitive nature of the racing and this will now be reflected in the much higher prize money on offer for the two high quality consolation events on the Friday.”

Galway is a race meeting like no other. The style, the entertainment, the sense of history and all the thrills of top-quality racingoffer a unique blend that has stood the test of time well.

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