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.