A New Judge Announced for Ladies Day at Galway Races
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A New Judge Announced for Ladies Day at Galway Races

Find out more about the fabulous new guest judge for this year's Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat Competition during Ladies Day at Galway Races.

With less than six weeks to go to Ireland’s leading horse racing festival, Galway Racecourse is delighted to announce a new guest judge! Michelle Regazzoli Stone, award winning make-up artist, social media influencer and ‘Mrs Glam’ brand co-creator, will join the panel for the Galway Races Summer Festival ‘Best Dressed Lady’ and ‘Best Hat’ competitions that take place on Thursday 1st August, ‘Guinness Galway Hurdle Day’ during the seven-day Summer Festival.

This promises to be one of the biggest days in the Irish racing calendar, and an unmissable day out for fashion lovers, with a generous cash bonanza of €13,000 on offer sponsored by The Connacht Hospitality Group.

Commenting on the upcoming Galway Races, new judge Michelle Regazzoli Stone said; "I am thrilled and completely honoured to be Guest Judge at this year’s Galway Races Ladies Day. As an avid race meeting attendee and lover of style and all things glam, I’m looking forward to playing my part throughout 'Ladies Day'. I hope to see plenty of stylish looks on both ladies and gents throughout the Galway Races Summer Festival Week. Thank you for having me as part of such an exciting event."

Judging the Best Dressed Lady competitions on the day is Head Judge and well-known stylist, Mandy Maher, who will be joined by fellow judge Kieran O’Malley, Digital Marketing Manager for the Connacht Hospitality Group.

Galway Races Ladies Day Judges

Commenting on this exciting news, Mandy Maher said; "The countdown is on and I'm over the moon to be the head judge at Ladies Day for my third year in a row. It's such a prestigious event and an absolute honour to be part of it, let alone be on the judging panel. I'm so looking forward to the style, glamour, and incredible day that's ahead. Roll on August!"

For the third year running, The Connacht Hospitality Group will sponsor both the Best Dressed Lady competition with a €10,000 cash prize, and €3,000 to the winner of the Best Hat. Based in Galway City, The Connacht Hospitality Group is a family run Galway business that comprises of three hotels (The Connacht Hotel, Hyde Hotel and The Residence Hotel), three bars (Hyde Bar, An Púcán and M. Fitzgerald’s Bar), Galway Bay Golf Resort and Active 24 Fitness. The group prides themselves on quality hospitality, friendly customer service and creating unique experiences.

Commenting on the new sponsorship deal, Chief Executive of Galway Racecourse Michael Moloney said; "We are delighted to welcome Michelle Regazzoli Stone as a guest judge for this year’s Best Dressed Lady competition. Michelle is a hugely successful and well-respected social media influencer known for engaging content focused on family, running her brand ‘Mrs Glam’, fashion, motherhood and a passionate advocate for childhood cancer. It’s great to have her as part of our team for the Summer Festival. Ladies Day is our most stylish day of the festival and always draws in a huge crowd. In the last two years we introduced some welcomed changes to the day itself, including lengthening the time you have to enter the competition, moving the completion time for judging from 1pm to 3pm to give people a chance to make their way to the course and relax and enjoy themselves, while also introducing a pre-registration for ladies who might not get spotted on the day but still want to enter the competition. They can now enter on the morning of Ladies Day online via our website, upload their outfit details and a photograph. Lots of welcomed improvements that went down well with our customers. We’re delighted to have the team from The Connacht Hospitality Group on-board for their third year running. They’re innovative, focused on the customer experience and have their finger on the pulse. We couldn’t have asked for a better partner for this event. We’re thrilled. See you all in July!"

Commenting on their sponsorship, Eveanna Ryan, Group Marketing and Innovation Manager for The Connacht Hospitality Group said; "We are thrilled to continue our sponsorship of the prestigious Galway Races Ladies Day. This year, we are especially delighted to welcome the fabulous Michelle Regazzoli Stone as our new guest judge. Her expertise and passion for fashion and beauty will undoubtedly elevate the event to new heights, creating an unforgettable experience for all attendees. We are excited to be part of this iconic event and look forward to celebrating style, elegance, and glamour with all racegoers."

Widely regarded as the highlight of the Summer Season in Ireland, the Galway Races looks forward to welcoming its race goers back to Ballybrit for one amazing week that offers its guests great horse racing, entertainment, fashion, reunions with friends and family and an electric fun atmosphere that continues to draw people from all over the world. To book your ticket to this year’s Galway Races check out www.galwayraces.com

The Galway Races is calling you. See you there!

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