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Barrier Trials – A Value Add

Further transparency

With effect from 1 March 2018, Barrier Trials were made compulsory in KZN for all first time runners and runners that have been off the course for a period of 150 days and longer.

In a press release issued on Tuesday 20 March, Gold Circle say that basic information on the trials, such as time recorded and lengths behind the ‘winner’ of the trials is carried in their racecard, Computaform and other relevant formguides.

However, in an effort to make the Barrier Trials punter friendly and to provide more detailed information, Gold Circle has  appointed a team of seasoned ‘race readers’ to give their opinion on each trial.

They will comment on and assess the performances of individual participants as a guide to punters.

It is hoped that this initiative will lead to further transparency regarding first timers and prove to be a valuable aid for punters.

Each Barrier Trial will be archived and comments can be accessed on the Gold Circle website

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5 comments on “Barrier Trials – A Value Add

  1. Barry Irwin says:

    This is overkill for raced horses. Now the racing officials want to tell horsemen how to train? I do get the reason for unraced horses to engage in trials, but not raced horses. Basically officials are telling horsemen that they are not to be trusted.

  2. Rod Mattheyse says:

    Barry i predict in a month the 150 days will become 180 days, and then 210 days and then disappear, like the gas used in the transport trucks

  3. IAN says:

    Suggest Greyville concentrates on sorting out the (ongoing) problems with starting stalls before the Barrier Trials – the last race today was just a shambles

  4. Pops says:

    Does the great Jockey Club of Hong Kong have Barrier Trials for raced horses?

  5. Roderick Mattheyse says:

    the value add ended on 22 April 2018 – it lasted about a month

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