Terms & Conditions

  • It is planned that Barrier Trials will take place before racing at Dundalk on July 12th and August 17th.
  • Barrier Trials are mock races with horses beginning from starting stalls as they would in official races.
  • 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.
  • There will be just two Trials prior to racing on the dates above.
  • The Trials will be restricted to unraced horses. The vast majority of initial entries had been for two-year-olds so it appears likely that they will be restricted to unraced juveniles.
  • ITM is staging the trials primarily to generate sales of unraced horses to certain lucrative markets overseas that will only accept unraced horses.
  • As such, and where possible, priority of entry will be given to horses that are intended to be sold without a start in Ireland.   
  • The Trials will take place over five furlongs.
  • 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 and therefore be named. The stalls certificate must be lodged within 24 hours of the Trial. 
  • The first Trial will take place 90 minutes before the first official race on the card, with the second batch being run 15 minutes later. 
  • Participation in a Trial will cost €150, payable to Dundalk. A provision for payment of €50 to the jockey from the registered owner’s account is available on the ‘Make an Entry’ section of this website.
  • A passport must be lodged with IHRB staff for all horses that enter the racecourse property. Its vaccinations must be stamped and signed by a vet, otherwise the horse will not be allowed enter the stableyard and will not be allowed take part in a Trial.
  • The IHRB has facilitated ITM in allowing these Barrier Trials’ dates to proceed as planned. All horses, trainers and riders will be bound by IHRB rules.