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Sire Stakes Ireland 2018

Sire Stakes Ireland is a new racing series for Standardbred horses that was first started in 2014.
The objective of Sire Stakes Ireland is to encourage breeding mares, increase prize money and to promote harness racing in Ireland and the UK. 

The series is open to horses bred and foaled in Ireland and the UK, and sired by stallions nominated into the program.

DOWNLOAD Sire Stakes Ireland yearling nominations 2017 list
Sponsored by Oakwood Stud Ireland and Diamond Creek Farms US

Indecon Report – IHRA Board Next Steps

As you would have seen and had the opportunity to read and review, the long-awaited Indecon Report of ‘The Economic Review of the Irish Harness Racing Sector’ was very positive and sets us a clear opportunity to receive Government support to grow and develop the sport.


Importantly, it carries the support of Minister Creed and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, who commissioned the study.


This Report is an acknowledgement of the potential this industry and sport displays and is vindication and confirmation of the development efforts of the IHRA and its Members over the past four years.


If we now work toward implementing the recommendations set-out in the Reports’ conclusions, this will see ongoing Government financial support for the sport in Ireland.


The IHRA Board is now in the process of preparing a five year plan and this provide Members with growth in the ability to:

  • Have more opportunities to race
  • Receive larger prize money
  • Be part of bigger race championships
  • International wagering opportunities
  • Enjoy greater industry support for your horse
  • Receive best practice veterinary care
  • Increase the means to purchase and breed horses
  • Create and build optimum racing facilities for both training and on race day

IHRA Board is meeting on Tuesday 14 November to discuss the Report.

From there meetings in each region are planned for during November and early December.

You are encouraged to attend these meetings.

The Board Sub-Committee Membership election will occur at this time for

  • Breeding
  • Racecourse
  • Stakeholders


To achieve these items we must all work together as one with a common goal of bettering the sport.


This will take time but the foundation has now been laid.  


The release of the Indecon Report is a very big step toward making all of these items possible going forward. It is a very exciting time for Irish Harness Racing.


The Irish Harness Racing Association Board thanks you for your support and backing.

Collectively the Board looks forward to delivering to you those recommendations found in the Report.



Indecon Report…………

Creed Publishes the Indecon Report of The Economic Review Of The Irish Harness Racing Sector

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., today published the Indecon Review of the Irish Harness Racing Sector.

Commenting on the Review, the Minister said;

I am delighted to be able to publish this report which will provide the sport with a road map for its potential development. From the outset, I can support the recommendations within my Department’s remit”.

Following a stakeholder consultation process and a review by Indecon, Minister Creed has accepted the Indecon report which includes the following recommendations:

  • that the responsibility for the operation of the Harness Racing industry in Ireland should be vested in the IHRA
  • the early implementation of IHRA plans to enhance their corporate goverance to align with best practice.
  • that the board of IHRA should develop a 5-year strategic plan for this sector.
  • That the Board of IHRA should identify funding requirements to support the expansion of the sector including the potential role of seed funding from the Exchequer.
  • that the pilot integration programme implemented should continue.

On foot of the report, Minister Creed announced that the Pilot integration programme will not only continue, but also be expanded.   This educational integration programme focuses on areas such as Horse Welfare, Rules and Regulations of Harness Racing, and Animal Husbandry inter alia.  

The Minister also voiced his support for the IHRA to be vested with the responsibility for the operation of the Harness Racing Industry in Ireland, subject to the agreement of relevant Harness Racing Clubs. 

The report can be found on the Department’s website at

Indecon Report

The long awaited much anticipated Indecon Report on the Irish Harness Racing Sector commissioned by the Department of Agriculture Food & Marine will be published tomorrow Wednesday 1st November in conjunction with a statement from the Minister for Agriculture Mr. Michael Creed T.D.

Race Card 29th Oct

Download Portmarnock Oct 29th

Race Card Portmarnock

DOWNLOAD Portmarnock Oct 22nd

IHRA Integrity Test

The Irish Harness Racing Association Veterinary & Welfare Commission would like to advise that we have received a confirmatory analysis result of a positive integrity test for samples taken at Portmarnock Raceway on Sunday 24th September 2017.

Disciplinary procedures will be undertaken in accordance with IHRA Rules and Regulations.

Sean Kane will represent Ireland in Paris

The IHRA is delighted to announce that Ireland will be represented in Prix des Rencontres Internationales 2017
at Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris on December 2nd! 

Sean Kane with 19 wins this season and more than 30 placings is the leading Trotteur Francais driver in Ireland and we are proud he will be flying the Irish flag once again! 
Sean: Thrilled to be getting a second chance In Vincennes and hoping I can do better this time around..”

Best of Luck Sean!

Thanks to Le Trot Département International