Barrier Trials

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, with the backing of the Irish EBF and the IHRB, holds Barrier Trials for unraced two- and three-year-old horses on several occasions each year. Trials are staged to meet the strong demand from overseas for quality unraced thoroughbreds.

  • Run over 5, 6, and 7 furlongs
  • Currently operating under the same Covid-19 protocols as regular Irish race days
  • Entry fee €180
  • Mandatory provision of €80 for jockeys
  • Horses entered must be returned in training with licensed trainers
  • Horse must be ridden by licensed jockeys under catchweights, i.e. without weight restrictions
  • Horses must be named and have a starting stalls certificate
  • Trials begin from starting stalls as in official races
  • No onus or incentive to achieve a best possible placing in a Barrier Trial
  • No prize money
  • Trials are recorded, timed, and made available to view online
  • In 2021 it is intended that Trials will take place on Monday 28 June, Wednesday 18 August, and Monday 13 September
  • Terms and conditions apply
  • Only unraced horses will be accepted for entry in Barrier Trials.  
  • The Barrier Trials will be open to unraced 2yos and 3yos only and staged over 5f, 6f and 7f.
  • Minimum 50 entries required for Trials to go ahead.
  • The horses entered must be returned in training with licensed Trainers.  
  • The horses entered must be ridden by licensed Jockeys under catchweights, i.e. without weight restrictions, as is the practice overseas. 
  • The horses entered must be named and have a valid starting stalls certificate.
  • Vaccinations must be in order and in compliance with the Rules of Racing. Horses whose historic vaccinations were cleared by the IHRB before July 1 2020 must have new vaccinations uploaded to the Weatherbys Vaccinations E-Passport App. Horses whose vaccinations have not yet been digitally cleared by the IHRB must have them uploaded to the same App.
  • Passports must still travel with each horse and be available for inspection by IHRB staff, otherwise they will not be allowed to take part. 
  • Trainers who enter a horse in a Barrier Trial do so in the knowledge that the IHRB may take a biological sample for analysis in accordance with the Rules of Racing. In the event of an adverse analytical finding, the Trainer acknowledges and confirms that they are subject to the Rules of Racing and may be subject to disciplinary action in relation to any breach of these Rules.
  • All Horses taking part must be at the stabling block at least one hour before their Barrier Trial.   
  • All Horses, Trainers and Riders acknowledge and confirm that in participating in the Barrier Trials they are subject to the Rules of Racing and that any breach of same during the Barrier Trials may result in disciplinary action for any licensee concerned.
  • Trainers and Riders will have 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 Barrier Trial will cost €180, payable in advance from the owners’ accounts with HRI, with a further €80 payment for the Rider.   
  • Entries will not be permitted where the owner/breeder associated with the horse being entered has an outstanding Foal Levy debt
  • Owners’ colours must be worn for the purposes of identification for the commentator and prospective buyers.
  • The Barrier Trials will be recorded and placed online to market the horses participating to prospective buyers.   

Entries can be made using the form in the tab above. For further enquiries contact [email protected] or call Jeremy Greene at 00353 (0)87 112 1625.

The next Barrier Trials are scheduled for Wednesday 18 August at Dundalk Racecourse. An entry form will be available here prior to that date.

Results from previous Trials can be viewed in the 'Entries/Results' tab above. 

For more information, contact [email protected] or call Jeremy Greene on 00353 (0)87 112 1625.




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