Barrier Trials to resume on 29 July at Dundalk

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing, with the backing of the Irish European Breeders’ Fund and the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, is resuming Barrier Trials for unraced 2yo and 3yo horses at Dundalk Stadium on July 29.

The Barrier Trials are being staged to meet the strong demand from overseas for quality unraced thoroughbreds and will return on the brand-new polytrack surface at Dundalk, where they were first staged in 2018.

Entries can be made here from July 15 and will close at 5pm on July 24. Terms and conditions can be found here.

The Irish EBF Barrier Trials will operate under the same Covid-19 protocols in operation on regular race days at present.

ITM is very grateful to everyone who has supported the concept to date and is especially thankful to have gained the backing of the Irish EBF, the largest sponsor of racing in Ireland.

John O’Connor, Chairman of the Irish EBF, said: “Now, more than ever, the Barrier Trials will provide a valuable opportunity for the Irish bloodstock industry to showcase a proven quality product to a wider market and we are pleased to play our part by supporting them at Dundalk in July and hopefully again in August.”

Another date for the Irish EBF Barrier Trials is scheduled for August 24, pending approval from those with whom ITM cooperates.


2020 Breeze Up Sales, New Dates and Formats

Due to the restrictions in place to combat the Coronavirus, sales companies in Europe have made changes to the dates and format of their Breeze Up Auctions.

The Goffs UK sale and the Arqana France sale are to be held in Ireland this year as well as the Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge sale. It’s likely that many of the 2yo’s in the Tattersalls UK Craven, Ascot and Guineas sales will do their breezes in Ireland also.

Should you require professional assistance in assessment, vetting, shipping and purchasing, we will be able to view potentially suitable horses at their training yards here in Ireland and act as agent at the Auctions.
Please contact us for further information.

Tattersalls Ascot: Revised sale date 23/6/20
2019 Sale Statstics: Average 20,552 High 110,000 Median 13,000 Low 3,000 (GB Pounds)

Tattersalls Craven: Revised sale date 23/6/20
2019 Sale Statstics: Average 121,62 High 850,000 Median 85,000 Low 3,000 (GB Guineas)

Goffs UKRevised sale date 29-30/6/20 (to be held in Ireland)
2019 Sale Statstics: Average 51,351 High 450,000 Median 30,000 Low 5,000 (GB Pounds)

Arqana: Revised sale date 29-30/6/20 (to be held in Ireland)
2019 Sale Statstics: Average 130,684 High 1,100,000 Median 77,500 Low 5,000 (Euro)

Tattersalls Guineas: Revised sale date 6-7/7/20
2019 Sale Statstics: Average 21,099 High 150,000 Median 13,500 Low 800 (GB Guineas)

Tattersalls Ireland Goresbridge: Revised sale date 24/7/20
2019 Sale Statstics: Average 27,992 High 175,000 Median 18,000 Low 2,000 (Euro)

ITM Barrier Trials

Wednesday the 5th of June saw the renewal of barrier trials at Naas racecourse, having been pioneered at Dundalk stadium last year. Seven Trials were held for unraced two-year-olds and unraced three-year-olds over five, six and seven furlongs.

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.

Two impressive debutants to win their respective “Trials” will now head for the Goffs London Sale which takes place on the eve of the Royal Ascot meeting. Tinnahalla, a Starspangledbanner colt from Shamrock Bloodstock, and Kingslayer, a son of Footstepsinthesand who will be consigned by Leamore Horses.

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.

Full results and videos are available here.

Korean Racing Authority visit Ireland

Sean with Mr. Ryu Seungho, International Races & Relations Senior Manager of the KRA (Korean Racing Authority) and trainer Dermot Weld. Mr. Ryu was visiting Ireland to promote the the Korea Cup as part of their International race meeting in September 2018.

The KRA cover all expenses relating to horse shipment as well as first class travel and accommodation for owners and trainers. With a prize fund of KRW 1,000,000,000 (€770,000) for the 1,800m Korea Cup and KRW 700,000,000 (€540,000) for the 1,200m Korea Sprint.

It’s an enticing alternative for those with and adventurous streak!
For detailed information visit:

Moroccan Trip

Sean enjoyed a a productve and memorable visit to Morocco in January, including racing in the sun at both Rabat and at the beautiful Hippodrome Casa Anfa, Casablanca. Many thanks to Sara Mansour of SOREC and Jeremy Greene of ITM for facilitating the trip.