ITM Barrier Trials at Naas hailed a success
06 June 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
planned that further Trials will take place in August and September.
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
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