Terms & Conditions

  • It is planned that Barrier Trials will take place before racing at Dundalk on May 6th.
  • Barrier Trials are mock races with horses beginning from starting stalls as they would in official races. The Trials are to serve as education and race practice for horses, being especially valuable for unraced horses.
  • There is no onus or incentive to achieve a best possible placing in a Trial. A finishing position by a horse in a Trial is of no material consequence. There is no prize-money. It is just practice.
  • Entries will be accepted for no more than six horses per Trial and there will be just two Trials prior to racing on the above dates.
  • The horses entered must be unraced. 
  • The horses entered must be in the care of licensed Trainers.
  • The horses entered will be ridden by licensed Jockeys under catchweights, ie. without weight restrictions, as is the practice overseas.
  • The horses entered must have already obtained a starting stalls certificate from the IHRB.
  • The Trials will be restricted to unraced horses. As of April 23rd, the vast majority of initial entries had been for two-year-olds so it appears likely that they will be restricted to unraced juveniles..
  • It is intended that the initial trials take place over five furlongs. Subsequent dates for Trials may take place over six furlongs, depending on demand. These will be the only two distances over which Trials are conducted. 
  • The first Trial will start 90 minutes sharp before the first officially programmed race with the second Trial 15 minutes later. It is the trainer’s responsibility to ensure their horse is tacked up and ready to leave the Parade Ring to go to the start at the appropriate time.
  • Participation in a Trial will cost €100, payable to Dundalk. 
  • A passport must be lodged with IHRB staff for all horses that enter the racecourse property, and the vaccinations must be in order otherwise the horse will not be allowed enter the stableyard and will not be allowed take part in a Trial.
  • The IHRB have facilitated ITM in allowing these three Barrier Trials’ dates to proceed as planned. All horses, trainers and riders will be bound by IHRB rules.