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#Galway Races

# galway-races - Friday 1 August, 2014

From The42 All the results and pics from Day 5 of the Galway Races Festival Week

All the results and pics from Day 5 of the Galway Races

Tony Martin’s brilliant week at Ballybrit continued as Artful Artist won the Guinness Hanidcap.

From The Daily Edge The absolute grimmest tweets from this year's Galway Races Grim

# galway-races - Thursday 31 July, 2014

From The42 All the results and the best pics from Day 4 of the Galway Races Wrap

All the results and the best pics from Day 4 of the Galway Races

There was success for JP McManus, as Tony McCoy and Thomas Edison prevailed in the Guinness Galway Hurdle.

From The42 We'll Leave it There So: Irish team set for Women's RWC, Dunne's retirement and all today’s sport Thursday

We'll Leave it There So: Irish team set for Women's RWC, Dunne's retirement and all today’s sport

Also, the intriguing clause in Man United’s kit deal, Kildare footballers name their side to face Monaghan and more.

# galway-races - Wednesday 30 July, 2014

From The42 All the results and the best pics from Day 3 of the Galway Races Festival Week

All the results and the best pics from Day 3 of the Galway Races

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and president Michael D Higgins were in attendance as Road To Riches won the Galway Plate.

# galway-races - Tuesday 29 July, 2014

From The42 All the results and the best pics from Day 2 of the Galway Races G-g-galway

All the results and the best pics from Day 2 of the Galway Races

Vastonea bounced back to his best to win a second Topaz Mile Handicap.

# galway-races - Monday 28 July, 2014

From The42 We’ll leave it there so: Galway Races begin, Southampton exodus continues and all today’s sport Monday

We’ll leave it there so: Galway Races begin, Southampton exodus continues and all today’s sport

There were also wins for a couple of Irish Olympic boxers while Dan Carter is back in the New Zealand squad.

# galway-races - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

From The Daily Edge Your Galway Races Festival Survival Guide Sponsored By HRI

Your Galway Races Festival Survival Guide

There’s something for everyone out West this summer.

# galway-races - Friday 2 August, 2013

From The Daily Edge Man wipes his face with a €50 note on RTE News Let The Good Times Roll This post contains videos

Man wipes his face with a €50 note on RTE News

Well, he WAS at the Galway Races.

# galway-races - Thursday 1 August, 2013

From The42 In pictures: It was lashing at Ladies Day in Ballybrit Galway Races

In pictures: It was lashing at Ladies Day in Ballybrit

Michael Winters’ Missunited won the feature race in awful conditions.

From The42 When times are tough and the pressure's on, just wipe your brow with a €50 note! Money To... Dampen This post contains videos

# galway-races - Wednesday 31 July, 2013

From The42 In pictures: The weather failed to dampen spirits at the Galway Races today G-G-G-Galway

In pictures: The weather failed to dampen spirits at the Galway Races today

So it was pretty wet at Ballybrit.

# galway-races - Monday 29 July, 2013

From The42 Fun, frocks, winners and losers: 14 pictures from day one of the Galway Races Galway Races

Fun, frocks, winners and losers: 14 pictures from day one of the Galway Races

Beats spending Monday afternoon in work, that’s for sure.

# galway-races - Saturday 4 August, 2012

Olympics overload? What else is there to do this weekend? GET OUT OF THE HOUSE This post contains videos

Olympics overload? What else is there to do this weekend?

Need a break from the Olympic games this weekend? Here’s what else is going on…

# galway-races - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

From The42 The Morning Score: Tuesday Early Doors

The Morning Score: Tuesday

Here’s everything you need to know – apart from how many winners Dermot Weld will have in Galway today. Probably a lot.

# galway-races - Monday 30 July, 2012

From The42 Galway races: And they're off... Dermot Weld and Ruby up and running Racing

Galway races: And they're off... Dermot Weld and Ruby up and running

“He’ll come back here for a handicap on Sunday on the Flat providing the ground stays decent, it’s beautiful at the moment.”

# galway-races - Saturday 30 July, 2011

From The42 Mark your Card: Nassau Stakes at Newbury Starter's Orders

Mark your Card: Nassau Stakes at Newbury

We take a look at today’s Group 1 contest in Goodwood, as well as the best of the rest from the card in Galway.

# galway-races - Friday 29 July, 2011

From The42 Mark your Card: Day five at the Galway Races Starter's Orders

Mark your Card: Day five at the Galway Races

Niall’s naps came home on Wednesday and Thursday. Find out who he has plumped for on today’s card in Galway.

# galway-races - Thursday 28 July, 2011

From The42 Mark your Card: Ladies' Day in Galway Starter's Orders

Mark your Card: Ladies' Day in Galway

It’s not all about the fancy frocks though – we have a look at the runners and riders in the day’s feature, the Galway Hurdle.

# galway-races - Wednesday 27 July, 2011

From The42 Mark your Card: Galway Plate day in Ballybrit Starter's Orders

Mark your Card: Galway Plate day in Ballybrit

We look ahead to a busy day of racing out west, not to mention one of the most highly anticipated races of the year – Frankel v Canford Cliffs in the Sussex Stakes.

'Bertie, you b****x': Former Taoiseach gets an earful in Galway

Bertie Ahern was heckled at the Galway Races – but some other Fianna Fáilers were counting their winnings…

From The42 The Morning Score: Wednesday Early Doors This post contains videos

The Morning Score: Wednesday

Ireland’s young guns are on the march – next up, eh, Spain.

# galway-races - Tuesday 26 July, 2011

From The42 Mark your Card: Day two at Galway Starter's Orders

Mark your Card: Day two at Galway

Here’s our take on the runners and riders at Ballybrit today, including a nice each-way punt in the day’s feature.

# galway-races - Monday 25 July, 2011

From The42 Mark your Card: Galway Festival day one Starter's Orders

Mark your Card: Galway Festival day one

We take a look at the runners and riders on day one at Ballybrit. Go on ya good thing …

# galway-races - Monday 26 July, 2010

WITH ONE OF the biggest fixtures on the racing calendar – the Summer Festival at the Galway Races – kicking off this evening, it seems only right that we go back down memory lane a bit and pick out some random bits and bobs for your afternoon amusement.

They’re a pretty old-school thing
The first ever racing festival at the famed Ballybrit racecourse was a two-day meeting in August 1869. Back then, Ulysses S Grant had just taken over as the 18th President of the United States, some random book called War and Peace was being published, and Queen Victoria had just appointed Gladstone as prime minister.

The festival only became a 3-day event 90 years later, but had more and more days added over the 1970s and 1980s before becoming a week long in 1999.

It had the world’s longest bar…
Anyone who has been to the races before they became a 7-day event in 1999 may recall the old main Corrib Stand – or, at least, they’ll recall it if they weren’t at the bar below for too long.

The bar along the foot of the old stand, which essentially stretched its entire length, was anecdotally the longest bar in the world for many years but had fallen into disrepair before the new Millennium Stand was opened in ’99.

…and the shortest gap between two fences
As if for perfect contrast, aside from having the longest bar in the world, it also has the shortest gap between two fences of any racecourse in the world.

Keep an eye out for the last two fences at the end of the ten-furlong course – which themselves are in the middle of a slight dip in the ground. If a horse takes the second-last badly, it might not make it over the final fence.

The Pope wandered along in 1979
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.”

The Bible is fairly black and white on gambling – but not that Pope John Paul II was too bothered when he attended the races in September 1979 as part of his visit to Ireland.

280,000 people showed up to hear him speak and to hear the immortal words:

Young people of Ireland, I love you.

It was such a great occasion – even in the early 1900s – that Yeats wrote about it
One of William Butler Yeats’ more celebrated works celebrated sport’s ability to help its spectators escape from the humdrum of the real world and for a brief few minutes live on a higher plane:

THERE where the course is,
Delight makes all of the one mind,
The riders upon the galloping horses,
The crowd that closes in behind:
We, too, had good attendance once,
Hearers and hearteners of the work;
Aye, horsemen for companions,
Before the merchant and the clerk
Breathed on the world with timid breath.
Sing on: somewhere at some new moon,
We’ll learn that sleeping is not death,
Hearing the whole earth change its tune,
Its flesh being wild, and it again
Crying aloud as the racecourse is,
And we find hearteners among men
That ride upon horses.

Just remember that when your odds-on favourite stumbles between the last two fences.