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Galway Races still seven-day meeting on orginal dates



Stock photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Stock photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile


Stock photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Horse Racing Ireland has announced the Galway Festival will remain a seven-day meeting on its original dates this year.

However, there will be significant changes to the traditional race programme, with the opening two days to host Flat races only, while the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday cards will be all National Hunt.

Scheduled to begin on July 27, the meeting will conclude with two all-Flat cards.

The Galway Plate and Galway Hurdle will be run on the Wednesday and Thursday as normal.

HRI's director of racing Jason Morris said: "We recognise that there will be a large demand for opportunities to run and our aim is to provide all Flat horses with their first run as quickly as possible by offering a balanced programme across all age groups, distances and categories. There will be 53 Flat meetings up to the end of July with this objective in mind.

"There will also be 22 National Hunt fixtures programmed between June 22 and the end of July,to cater for the demands of the jumps horse population.

"There will be eight-race cards where stable capacity allows it."

Irish Independent