TG4 confirms live coverage of Galway Races this summer

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TG4 confirms live coverage of Galway Races this summer

Two days of racing from this year’s Galway Races Summer Festival will be broadcast live on TG4 on Friday & Saturday, August 4-5 the station has confirmed.

The live coverage on TG4 will include a packed race card with 16 races shown over the two days to a free-to-air audience.

The live broadcast from Ballybrit will be a welcome return to the racecourse for the Irish language broadcaster, after its successful coverage from the festival last year.

There was plenty of drama for viewers of the summer races last year, including Shark Hanlon’s ‘Hallowed Star’ winning the BoyleSports Handicap Hurdle with Rachael Blackmore onboard in the driving rain.  

Galway Races Chief Executive, Michael Moloney said, “We are delighted to have the team from TG4 back again with us here at Galway Racecourse on both the Friday and Saturday of our Summer Festival.”

“We look forward to welcoming our much-valued racegoers back to Ballybrit. The stage is now set. A warm welcome awaits.” 

Rásaí Beo will be presented by Seán Bán Breathnach, with analysis by Mánus Ó Conghaile and Evelyn Ní Ghriallais.

Racing journalist Daragh Ó Conchúir will be getting all the reactions from trainers, owners and jockeys outside the parade ring and race commentary will be provided by Cárthach Bán Breathnach.

The team will be providing the TG4 audience with comprehensive coverage from the racecourse and no doubt there will be some craic agus spraoi to be had in Ballybrit as well.

Rásaí Beo is produced by Waterford based company Nemeton TV. The team in An Rinn Gaeltacht also produce Laochra GaelPeil na mBan Beo and GAA Beo for TG4.

In the lead up to the TG4’s coverage, TG4 weather and continuity presenter Caitríona Ní Chualáin will be visiting the famous racecourse and giving TG4 Social Media audiences exclusive behind the scenes access to the craic and the style over the two days. Follow @TG4TV social channels.

TG4’s Head of Sport, Rónán Ó Coisdealbha said, “TG4 would like to thank Galway Racecourse and Horse Racing Ireland for giving the station the opportunity to showcase this historic race meet to a free-to-air audience.”

“The Summer Festival is one of the highlights of the Galway social scene and TG4 is proud to be broadcasting all the races, news and social highlights from Ballybrit on Friday and Saturday.”

The full TG4 Galway Races schedule is as follows:

Friday, August 4 

Live coverage begins on TG4 at 4.50pm

1st Race: 5.00pm The Guinness Galway Tribes Handicap Hurdle

2nd Race: 5.30pm The James’s Gate Irish EBF Median Auction Maiden

3rd Race: 6.00pm The Guinness Galway Blazers Handicap Steeplechase

4th Race: 6.35pm The Guinness Handicap

5th Race: 7.10pm The Guinness Irish EBF Fillies Maiden

6th Race: 7.40pm The Arthur Guinness Handicap

7th Race: 8.10pm The Rockshore Irish Lager Race

8th Race: 8.40pm The Hop House 13 Handicap

SATURDAY 5th August 
Live coverage begins on TG4 at 1.50pm

1st Race: 1.55pm The Boylesports Maiden Hurdle

2nd Race: 2.30pm The Boylesports Handicap Hurdle

3rd Race: 3.05pm The Boylesports Casino Irish EBF Maiden

4th Race: 3.40pm The Bathshack Maiden

5th Race: 4.15pm The Grá Chocolates Irish EBF Nursery Handicap

6th Race: 4.50pm The Ardilaun Hotel Handicap

7th Race: 5.25pm The McDonogh Capital Investments Handicap

8th Race: 5.55pm The BoyleSports Irish EBF Mares Flat Race