APPROVAL has been granted for the Irish EBF Barrier Trials to return for three dates later this summer at Dundalk Stadium.
The trials are scheduled to take place on Monday, June 28th, Wednesday, August 18th and Monday, September 13th. They will again be restricted to unraced two-year-olds and three-year-olds over distances of five, six and seven furlongs.
Participating horses must be named, returned in training and possess a stalls certificate. All Covid-19 protocols will be observed as per regular racedays.
The charge for entering will remain at €180 with the fee for the rider upped to €75. Connections will be asked to declare for the Monday dates on the Thursday prior, to allow more time for cross-checking vaccinations and stalls certs.
Irish Thoroughbred Marketing has organised these barrier trials, with the co-operation of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, since 2018. The trials are being run primarily to meet significant demand, both locally and abroad, for quality unraced horses.
Last year, two dates staged at Dundalk in July and September attracted 143 entries from 40 different stables.
Some 25 individual winners have emerged from those occasions, most notably Group 1 National Stakes winner Thunder Moon, dual Group 3 scorer A Case Of You and Cathkin Peak, a listed winner in California.
Many more winners from previous dates have surfaced, including in Britain and Hong Kong, and connections from as far afield as Australia have bought into unraced graduates that have performed well in the trials.
As before, IRIS will be on hand to record the trials. Videos of each heat will be uploaded to YouTube and social media channels immediately afterwards. The possibility of airing them live through YouTube or another channel is also being explored.
The forthcoming dates will be advertised on the HRI RÁS entries webpage approximately two weeks in advance, with entries opening shortly afterwards.
Tel: 087 112 1625 (Jeremy Greene of ITM)