For just a few hours every year, a stretch of sand on the Irish coasttransforms for perhaps the most unique event on the horse racing calendar.
Laytown Races -- 26 miles from the country's capital Dublin -- is the onlyofficial beach race in Europe.
The 150-year-old tradition attracts more than 5000 regular visitors everyyear and, apart from the obvious difference, it's like any other racemeeting.
It will be run under the same rules as the Gold Cup or Cheltenham, JosephCollins, Chairman of Laytown Races, told CNN.
Organizers are in a race against time to set up the spectacle, battlingagainst the tide to build the track and enclosures on the sand.
Spectators then pack into a makeshift "grandstand," made up of steps cutinto an elevated sand dune, to enjoy the historic event.
The first recorded meeting was in 1868 and was initially in conjunctionwith the Boyne Regatta. It's thought that the rowing competition was held athigh-tide and the racing at low-tide.