The Galway Races ( Galway Festival Of Racing ) is an Irish festival that is famous as being one of the best horse-racing events in the world. It starts on the last Monday of July each year and is held at Ballybrit race course in Galway, Ireland, over seven days making it one of the longest race meetings in Ireland or Britain and combines Flat Racing and National Hunt, attracting some of the best horses from Ireland and Britain.
In racing circles, The Galway Plate is famous as one of the best and most exciting steeplechases in the world. It has been run for over 150 years and has been won by many famous horses. The first winner was a horse called Absentee in 1869. It is now run on a Wednesday and is by far the most popular race of the meeting.