05 July 2018

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, in cooperation with the IHRB and Dundalk Stadium, is coordinating another set of barrier trials at Dundalk on July 12th.  

As was the case for the initial pair of trials staged early in May, two trials will be run before racing, with both restricted to unraced juveniles and run over five furlongs. Those being entered will be in the care of licensed trainers and ridden by licensed riders under catchweights. 

At the time of going to press, the two trials staged on May 6th have produced three individual maiden winners. While those results are welcome, the primary reason these trials are being held is to promote sales of unraced horses to certain lucrative markets. 

The Hong Kong Jockey Club, for example, last month issued permits for 310 unraced ‘griffin’ horses to enter its system into 2019. ITM believes that staging barrier trials starts addressing this demand for untapped potential from prominent racing jurisdictions.

As such, and where possible, ITM has tried to prioritise entry to the upcoming trials for horses that connections wish to sell unraced. The trials for July 12th are full, but another date is set for August 17th, also at Dundalk.

The trials will again be recorded, placed online and released via ITM’s social media channels to assist with potential sales.

Entries will cost €150 payable to Dundalk with a provision for €50 for the jockey made via the entry page on

Entries can be made by calling +353 (0)87 112 1625 or emailing [email protected]  

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