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Juvenile Stakes Programme 2020

The IHRA are proudly happy to announce the inaugural Juvenile Stakes programme for both two and three year old pacers which will take place annually beginning this year. Considering the cancellation of the Vincent Delaney Memorial earlier this week, the IHRA have decided to support the owners and trainers of juvenile pacers, who have been preparing their young stock for many months now and to have a grand circuit for these pacers going forward. The Juvenile Stakes will be made up of four divisions; 2YO fillies, 2YO colts and geldings, 3YO fillies & 3YO colts and geldings and will have a combined purse of €52,000, with €14,000 for each division.

The structure of the programme, taken from similar International Stakes races, will see four individual elimination races being staged from July through to September and the participating horses competing to gain points in order to reach the finals day held in Portmarnock Raceway in late September. The points awarded at each of the elimination race will be 16 points for first, 8 points for second, 4 points for third, 2 points for fourth and 1 point for fifth.

A table of the purses on offer at each elimination race and finals for each division is as follows:

1st Elimination July1st – €1,0002nd – €3003rd – €200
2nd Elimination Aug1st – €12002nd – €4003rd – €300
3rd Elimination RJM1st – €14002nd – €5503rd – €350
4th Elimination Sept1st – €1,6002nd – €7003rd – €400
Finals Day September1st – €3,5002nd – €1,5003rd – €600

The barrier draws for the finals will be decided by the total points accrued, from the heats, whereby the highest to the lowest will choose their position.

Nominations for the juvenile stakes close on Wednesday June 3rd2020 with a nomination fee of €350 and the second and final sustaining fee €350 is due on Wednesday July 1st2020.

Entries are now open to all and the IHRA will refund in full, any BHRC horse should our current restrictions not be lifted.

The IHRA intends to announce the dates for these events in the coming week, following a meeting of the racecourse committee to discuss the revised fixture list for the 2020 season.

Reopening of Portmarnock raceway for Exercising

Protocol for Exercising at Portmarnock Raceway

Wednesday 20th May 2020

Following An Taoiseach’s announcement on Friday 1st May, Portmarnock Raceway is permitted to reopen under phase one of the government’s roadmap to lift restrictions. The IHRA will reopen Portmarnock Raceway from this coming Thursday 21st May, but under the following strict guidelines for all trainers to abide by.

Any trainer wishing to use the facility will have to contact the IHRA office (10.00-11.30) daily and book their preferred day and time or alternatively you may email the office at info@irishharnessracing.com .

Any email received before 12noon will be contacted on that day with confirmation of booking. Any email received after 12noon will receive their confirmation of booking on the following day.

There will be only two time frames to work out;

  • 9am – 12 noon
  • 12 noon – 3pm

A maximum of four trainers will be allowed to use the facility at any one time. Trainers must abide by social distancing and not interact with any other persons on site, whilst they are there.

A fee of €10 per horse up to maximum of €40 per trainer will be charged to any trainer wishing to use the facility. This payment may be made while booking your preferred time to use the facility or upon arrival to the track to the designated track management in operation. The purpose of the fee is to cover the cost on the IHRA of the management and maintenance of the facility.

Only horses that are registered in training may work out on the track. Any trainer yet to declare such horses, if any, may still do so via the website. 

Only trainers who receive a confirmation email from the office will be allowed enter the track.

Upon your arrival to the track and should the gates be locked, please ring Andrew on (086) 871 9662 to gain access.

Please respect current government guidelines with respect to cough/tissue etiquette, wash your hands regularly, do not touch your face and most importantly, DO NOT come to the track if you have symptoms of coughing, cold, temperatures or shortness of breath.

Trotteur Francais Stallions 2020

⭐IHRA 5  year Trotteur Francais Breeding plan (Click here to read)

⭐ Breeders must fill the stallion booking form prior to travelling 
CLICK HERE

🐎 APPRENTI SORCIER
( Love You – Queen of Viking)
Record: 1’11’’0 harness & 1’12’’0 monte.
 Click for more information
Standing at Mooreside Stud Co.Dublin +353 87 870 4451

🐎 QUIP DE BAUVOISIN (Ganymede – Irma Beauvoisin)
Record 1’11 Semi Classic
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Standing at Newtown Stud Co.Dublin +353 87 634 8862

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pony Trot Lessons

🐎 IT’S PONY TIME 🐎
Since we weren’t able to begin our pony camps and qualifiers for racing in March, we have decided to try online theory lessons for everyone!
As soon as we will be allowed to resume children’s activities at Portmarnock, we will try to get everyone through practical lessons and qualifiers as soon as we can.

Due to a shortened season, membership/ participation fee for kids will be at a reduced rate in 2020:
☘️4yo -6yo, ponies under 10hh – €20 €5 race entry (max one race per meeting) (no qualifiers required, pony camps optional)
☘️ 7yo-15yo with own pony €80 (€5 race entry)
☘️ 7yo-15yo using school pony (limited spaces available) €100 (€10 race entry)

 All kids participating in the series (membership paid, qualified and raced) will eligible for the nomination for the World Pony Camp in the following year, subject to an invitation from WPC) and to make it fair for all, regardless of racing results, participants will be drawn out of hat at the awards night!
Enjoy your Lesson 1 and send us your homework videos on WhatsApp to
Mary +353 85 131 8926
Nadina +353861922762

#ponytrotireland #ponytrot #ihra #lovemypony

Breaking NEWS…….


The IHRA are pleased to announce that the 2020 Red John Memorial Race fixture will go ahead on August 15th & 16th at Lyre, Co Cork.


The IHRA & RJM memorial committee are happy that this move two weeks earlier than planned will now allow any trainer to compete in the 2020 breeder’s crown fixture at Tir Prince and it will also allow for UK horses to compete at the IHRA’s largest and richest grass meeting in the country.


Along with the annual Red John Memorial and Maven Trot, the meeting will play host to a heat of the new Juvenile Stakes Programme for 2 & 3 Year Olds. 


This year, the RJM will follow the new IHRA handicap format with two eliminations for the top 16 horses in both codes and all other graded races will be straight races. 


The RJM committee has also revised their stakes payment schedule for this years event, full details of which will be published next week. 

Breaking News! Red John Memorial date change!

⭐⭐⭐ Breaking News ⭐⭐⭐
 
The IHRA are pleased to announce that the 2020 Red John Memorial Race fixture will go ahead on August 15th & 16th at Lyre, Co Cork.
 
The IHRA & RJM memorial committee are happy that this move two weeks earlier than planned will now allow any trainer to compete in the 2020 Breeders Crown UK & Ireland fixture at Tir Prince and it will also allow for UK horses to compete at the IHRA’s largest and richest grass meeting in the country.
 
Along with the annual Red John Memorial and Maven Trot, the meeting will play host to a heat of the new Juvenile Stakes Programme for 2 & 3 Year Olds. 
 
This year, the RJM will follow the new IHRA handicap format with two eliminations for the top 16 horses in both codes and all other graded races will be straight races. 
 
The RJM committee has also revised their stakes payment schedule for this years event, full details of which will be published next week. 

2020 Juvenile Racing Programme

In light of the regrettable cancellation of the 2020 VDM fixture, the IHRA and its committees are currently planning a stakes programme for both 2 & 3 year olds. More details to follow.

Pádraig Burke RIP

The IHRA would like to sympathise with Donal & Tadgh Murphy on the death of their uncle, Pádraig Burke recently. May he Rest in Peace.

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