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Galway vs Goodwood - Tale of the Tape

Similarities between both festivals

Two of the most eagerly awaited racing festivals of the summer months take place in the same week each year.

The Galway Races and Glorious Goodwood both take place at the beginning of August each year and attract huge crowds of both racing fans and casual visitors.

How different are Galway and Goodwood?

While these two festivals are obviously primarily about horse racing there are many ways in which they differ.

Firstly, Galway Races takes place on the west coast of Ireland close to the city of the same name and runs for a mammoth 7 straight days, from Monday 29 July through to Sunday 4 August.

Goodwood on the other hand is situated 60 miles south-west of London near the south coast of England and lasts for 5 days from Tuesday 30 July until Saturday 3 August.

Both race meetings have a long and colourful history. Goodwood races first took place on the Sussex Downs in 1802 and one of the current races, The Stewards Cup, dates all the way back to the first public race meeting held at the venue.

Records of organised race meetings in the County of Galway date back to the thirteenth century, but the first race meeting at the current location of Ballybrit took place in 1869. It was just a two-day meeting that first year and attracted crowds of over 40,000.

Over the centuries Goodwood’s meeting has developed into a high quality affair with prestigious Group One races on the Flat such as the £1 million Sussex Stakes and the Nassau Stakes.

Galway is a mix of Flat and Jumps racing with the two highlights of the week being handicap races over fences, The Galway Plate, and over hurdles, The Galway Hurdle. Each of the two big races at Galway have prize funds of €270,000.

Galway & Goodwood - Main races fixture

  • Monday 29 July - Galway (first race 4.50pm)
  • Tuesday 30 July- Goodwood (1.35pm); Galway (4.50pm)
  • Wednesday 31 July - Goodwood (1.45pm); Galway (4.50pm)
  • Thursday 1 August - Goodwood (1.15pm); Galway (2.10pm)
  • Friday 2 August - Goodwood (1.55pm); Galway (5pm)
  • Saturday 3 August - Goodwood (1.50pm); Galway (1.55pm)
  • Sunday 4 August - Galway (1.50pm)