Barrier Trials

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

General Information

  • Unraced 2yos and 3yos only.
  • Run over five, six, and seven furlongs.
  • Entry fee €180.
  • Mandatory provision of €80 for Jockeys.
  • Horses entered must be returned in training with licensed Trainers.
  • Horses ridden by licensed Jockeys.
  • Horses ridden under catchweights, i.e. without weight restrictions.
  • Horses must be named.
  • Horses must have a starting stalls certificate.
  • Trials begin from starting stalls as in official races.
  • No onus or incentive to achieve a best possible placing.
  • No prize money.
  • Trials recorded, timed, and made available to view online.
  • Live stream available on ITM YouTube
  • Intended Trial dates 2021: Monday 28 June, Wednesday 18 August, Monday 13 September.
  • Currently operating under same Covid-19 protocols as all Irish racedays.
  • Terms and conditions apply.


About Irish EBF Barrier Trials at Dundalk on Monday 13 September 2021

  • First Trial 12 noon. Note earlier start time.
  • Trials run approx. every 20 minutes.
  • Entries open 9am Tuesday 31 August.
  • Entries close 5pm Monday 6 September.
  • The IHRB has requested declarations including jockeys to be submitted by 12 noon Wednesday 8 September.

Those attending will be required to register through IHRB Health Screening as per normal racedays. It is now possible to complete this registration on the day. Failure to register will deny entry.

  • Unraced 2yos and 3yos only.
  • Run over five, six, and seven furlongs.
  • Minimum 50 entries for Trials to go ahead.
  • Horses entered must be returned in training with licensed Trainers.  
  • Horses ridden by licensed Jockeys
  • Horses ridden under catchweights, i.e. without weight restrictions.
  • Horses entered must be named.
  • Horses must have a valid starting stalls certificate.
  • Trials begin from starting stalls as in official races.
  • 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. Horses without passports 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.
  • Horses taking part must be at the stabling block at least one hour before their Barrier Trial.   
  • 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 ensure horses are 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 not permitted where the owner/breeder associated with the horse has an outstanding Foal Levy debt.
  • Owner colours must be worn for the purposes of identification for the commentator and prospective buyers.
  • Trials recorded, timed, and made available to view online.

Entries can be made via the 'Make an Entry' 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 Monday 13 September at Dundalk Stadium.

Entries have now closed. Entries are available 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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