3 day Galway Races announced for October

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It’s now a three day event.

A three day Races will take place over the bank holiday weekend in October, Horse Racing Ireland announced today.

The announcement comes as part of the 2018 fixture list which sees more races than ever before.

The total number of fixtures has been increased by eight to 363, the highest number of fixtures ever to be run in Ireland.

These new fixtures were allocated on a temporary basis and their appropriate venues, dates and position in the calendar will be reviewed annually.

Announcing the 2018 Fixture List, Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of HRI, said:

“It is great to be able to develop the Festivals at Bellewstown and Killarney and create a new one at Galway over the October Bank Holiday weekend.  This is a result of the success of their existing Festivals and a great credit to the racecourses in question.

“The HRI Board has again agreed that the Curragh should continue to stage a shortened season during 2018 featuring all its major Classic racedays and the second leg of Longines Irish Champions Weekend.

“The continued co-operation of Naas and Navan in accommodating early and late season Curragh fixtures should be noted.

“We have added three midweek industry days for National Hunt racing at Naas, Punchestown and Fairyhouse, one each in the months of December, January and February.

“This will allow the provision of further opportunities for medium to lower tier horses which will hopefully encourage more jumps horses to be kept in training during this core Winter period of the National Hunt season.”

The October Bank Holiday weekend falls on the 27th, 28th and 29th this year.