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Celebrating the best in Paris

Congratulations to Sheehy brothers and all connections of  Vigo de Bassiere winning   Leading Trotteur Francais of the Year title in Ireland!
Kieran and John Sheehy traveled to Paris on 30th of November to receive an award at the ceremony organised by LeTrot and celebrated their achievements with the the best trainers, owners and drivers in Europe.
What an achievement for the trotting people of Cork! 🏆🏆

Review of Handicap System & Claiming Races

At next month’s stakeholders committee meeting, a review of both the IHRA Handicap System & Claiming Races will take place.

Should any member wish to contribute to this review, please email , with “Handicap & Claiming Review” in the subject bar, before Friday 7th December. 


IHRA Office

The IHRA office will be closed all day tomorrow, Wednesday 14th November due to Annual Leave. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Portmarnock Raceway 11th November

Please find attached the Race card as per tonight’s draw.

First Race 1.30pm

 Race card

Argentan 2018

On Sunday 18th November, the now Annual French-Irish Driving Challenge will take place in Argentan Racecourse in Normandy. This year, the board of directors of Argentan racecourse, in conjunction with Le Trot have organised for the first time, a challenge race for apprentice drivers (U25)  to compete on the 1325 metre track.

An Irish Delegation will depart on the weekend 16th November along with official representatives of the IHRA. This years itinerary includes visits to some of Normandy’s top training and breeding facilities.

The drivers selected for the this year’s challenge are:

Professional Drivers: Philip Gilligan, Mark Kane, Sean Kane, Darren Timlin, Patrick Hill, Simon Duggan, Wayne Swindle & Seamus Quill.

Apprentices: Jonathan Cowden, John O’Mahony, Freddy Kavanagh, Erin Flanagan, Stephen Wallace, Daniel Mc Ateer, Oisin Quill, Aidan Caffrey & Marcus Mc Aleer.

The IHRA would like to wish the best of luck to all the drivers participating in this years French-Ireland Challenge.



November 11th Entry List

Please find attached the full list of entries and the current grades of horses entered for this coming Sunday.
All horses on this list are liable for the required entry fee.
The grades are the horses current grades prior to receiving their c class allowances or claiming price tags.

Entry List 11th November 2018


Following the Regional Awardsnight for Portmarnock & Annaghmore Raceways, the IHRA are set to announce the overall award winners and subsequent runner ups in the combined three regions once racing is completed on this coming Sunday November 11th.

The awards are based on the number of wins in the 2018 season and placings may determine the winning awardee should there be an equal number of wins.

The IHRA will also publish the regional award winners for each region in the coming weeks.

IHRA Trotteur Francais Drivers Top

The IHRA has confirmed that Vigo de Bassiere will be crowned as leading Irish Trotter in Vincennes at the International Weekend hosted by Le Trot in Paris in three weeks time.

Sean Kane becomes best trot driver of  the season in Ireland in  professional category ( 18 wins, 21x 2nd, 23x 3rd places) & Jonathan Cowden in Apprentice category (9 wins  &  3x third places). Due to large number of affiliated countries in the Le Trot programme, Ireland will not have a driver representing us in the International Race this year. 

We would like to congratulate the Sheehy family with their success as well as Seán & Jonathan on topping their individual categories.







Well done to all  drivers and thanks for this wonderful season!

TOP   of  IHRA TF drivers  (Click here to download full list with points)

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