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Integrity Update….

The IHRA Veterinary & Welfare Commission would like to advise that we are in receipt of the following Interity test result from Portmarnock Raceway on August 12th. A confirmatory analysis for a prohibited substance in a blood sample.

The above matters are currently being dealt with in accordance with IHRA Rules  & Regulations and the outcome of our findings will be published in due course.

Portmarnock 16th of September

Racecard Portmarnock Sun 16th Sept 2018


Dunmanway Sun 9th Sept
Portmarnock Sun 9th Sept

Annaghmore card

Annaghmore Card Saturday 1st September

Annaghmore Raceway Premium

★★★ Annaghmore Premium Meeting ★★★
Saturday September 1st
Start 2pm
Feature Memorial Races including

★Stella Corey Memorial Cup
★ Liam Carling Memorial Cup
★ James Corey Snr Memorial Cup

Approx €25,000 in Prize Money
With Over 85 Horses Entered (including 14 from Cork)

All Races Sponsored
★ FFA Pace
★ FFA Trot
★ Pace Heat & Final
★ Premium Trot Races
★ Premium Four Year Old Trot
★ Premium G&G1 Pace

Refreshments Available
Bookies in attandance

Promises to be a great day not to be missed.

Movement of Horses………

  • The IHRA Veterinary & Welfare Commission would like to advise owners & trainers that the movement of horses to/from trainers establishments must be notified by email to the IHRA Office.
  • Failure to declare the departure of a horses listed in training by any licensed trainer and/or the arrival of any horse currently listed in training by another trainer will be subject to a monetary fine and suspension of the said horse from racing for a period of 21 days.
  • A similar penalty will apply for failure to declare the sale/transfer of ownership of any horse currently listed in training/racing in 2018.
  • Please note the notification of movement of horses is a regulatory requirement by the Department of Agriculture under Registration of Equine Premises legislation

Argentan 2018

The Irish Harness Racing Association are delighted to announce that we have received an invitation from
Le Trot and Hippodrome de Argentan to bring 8 of our Drivers to compete against 8 French Drivers.
In addition to this we have also for the first time being given an invitation to bring 8 Apprentice Drivers (U25) to compete against 8 French Apprentice Drivers.
As this will a very unique event having 16 Irish Drivers racing on the same card in France, the IHRA are looking to organise a trip around this event.
Open class Drivers to apply and preference will be given on TF points system.
Apprentice Drivers to apply and preference will be given to TF apprentice series.
Draft Itinerary:
November 16th Friday
Departure from Dublin to Paris
Visit Domaine De Grosbois
Vincennes Hippodrome de Paris – Racing & Dinner
Hotel Paris
November 17th Saturday
Visit training centre/stud farm (TBC)
Visit Haras national du Pin
Dinner hosted by LeTrot & Argentan
Hotel Argentan
November 18th Sunday
Racing Argentan & Lunch
Dinner and Celebration
Hotel Argentan
November 19th
Dep Argentan
Flight Paris – Dublin early afternoon
Limited availability
Approximate cost is €650
Drivers €325
For more information or to put your name for the tour please contact Nadina Ironia – 0861922762

Standardbred Auction at Cavan Equestrian

Ireland is set to hold its first ever Standardbred Public Auction in the Cavan Equestrian Centre in Cavan on Tuesday, October 9 this year.  

“The Cavan Horse Sales and Equestrian Centre are delighted to announce the hosting of the first official Standardbred Sale in Ireland! 
The Cavan Horse Sales management are very excited with our new partnership with the Irish Harness Racing Association and the promotion of this sector in Ireland, which is currently a worldwide sport.” said Rose O’Toole for the Centre.

The development of an Irish Standardbred Sale is an integral part on the IHRA Five Year Strategy. This will give Irish Breeders and Owners an opportunity to showcase their stock to potential buyers whether existing or new. A successful racing industry is underpinned by a world class breeding industry and the IHRA is committed to achieving that within the time frames laid down in its Strategic Plan.

Traditionally both vendor and purchaser of Standardbreds would have to travel to the sales in the UK, USA, Canada and France.
After discussion with breeders, owners and trainers it has been decided to have a public sale here in Ireland, that will hopefully attract buyers from overseas and result in new owners joining the sport.

With the rise in popularity in stakes races and prize money over the past number of years in Ireland it has had a huge impact on the value of yearlings and breeding stock.

There has been a large number of French Trotters and breeding stock imported including mares in foal, and we have been leasing French stallions to continue the breeding program over the last number of years.

This along with the introduction of frozen semen from world class stallions from the USA has really helped the breeding program in Ireland and we are looking forward to hosting our first sale.

Horse Sport Ireland, CEO, Ronan Murphy: “This is the first ever sale of French trotters and pacers in Ireland, most of the animals entered in the sale have been bred in Ireland. I wish the IHRA and Cavan Equestrian every success in this new venture.”
The Cavan Equestrian Centre is located on the edge of Cavan Town in the Republic of Ireland. The complex is situated in the centre of Ireland with easy access to seaports and to the two main International Airports, Dublin & Belfast.

The Centre is the biggest and busiest equestrian centre in Ireland for Showjumping Events and Horse & Pony Auctions.
The facility includes;

  • 450 permanent stables
  • 3 indoor arenas
    • 2 outdoor all-weather arenas
    • 3 grass arenas
  • Restaurant& Bar facilities
  • Large hardcore truck and car park

The sale will feature yearlings, racehorses, broodmares, stallion shares, frozen semen, etc. Some of the farms and stables that have already committed to entering horses in the sale include Newtown Stud, Springhill Stud, Meadowbranch Stables, Moorside Stud and Oakwood Stud.

Entries Close 07/09/2018
Enter online:
Download form (click)
Printed forms  will be available at Portmarnock Raceway entry office

For more information, contact Ger Kane,  James Delaney
or  call  Cavan Equestrian phone 049 4332017 or Email


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