ITM Barrier Trials at Naas hailed a success

06 June 2019


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Windracer (Shane Foley) wins Batch 04 for Jessica Harrington & Stonestreet Farm

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Barrier Trials took place on Wednesday 5 June. Having been established by ITM at Dundalk Racecourse in 2018, the Trials switched to their new venue of Naas Racecourse this year. Seven Trials were held for unraced two-year-olds and unraced three-year-olds over five, six and seven furlongs on the inside of the main flat course at Naas. The Trials took place under the supervision of the IHRB and began from starting stalls. The ground was officially good to yielding.

Having initially taken place in two batches per session in 2018, Wednesday’s session saw 42 horses run across seven batches, suggesting strong approval from Irish racing professionals. A wide variety of trainers were represented on Wednesday at Naas including Mick Halford, Jessica Harrington and Ger Lyons. Jockeys riding included Chris Hayes, Colin Keane and Declan McDonogh. Viewing from the Goffs-sponsored owners and trainers facilities were a diverse group of owners, agents, breeders and other interested parties.

With an excellent surface having been provided by Naas, participating horses had a fine opportunity to show their potential and learn their trade. The Cormac Farrell-trained Kingslayer recorded a good time in batch two and Jessica Harrington’s Windracer, a €240,000 Goffs Orby purchase in 2018, won batch four well for owners Stonestreet Farm. 

The principal aim of the ITM Barrier Trials is to better meet overseas demand for quality unraced horses and the 2018 Trials resulted in several sales. Agents present at Naas suggested that Wednesday’s session should again have significant appeal to international buyers. Full results and videos of all Trials can be viewed here. Results and videos are also available via the ITM YouTube and Twitter accounts.

It is planned that further Trials will take place in August and September.

Charles O’Neill, CEO of Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, commented: “We are delighted with how the Trials have gone. Naas have been very helpful throughout the entire process and provided an excellent surface. The running of the day was very smooth, with seven Trials taking place in less than two hours. We would like to thank all participating trainers, jockeys and owners, as well as Goffs for providing refreshments in the owners and trainers facilities. ITM Barrier Trials provide a new platform for the sale of thoroughbreds out of Ireland. It has already been demonstrated that there is a market out there and we hope to build on this in future.”

For further information contact ITM: [email protected] / +353 (0) 45443060

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