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Barrier Trials – The Parameters

Exemptions may be granted

Raf Sheik – provides clarity

With effect from 18 June 2019, any unraced horse participating in KwaZulu-Natal must have a valid Barrier Trial Certificate.

This was the thrust of an email despatched by Gold Circle Racing Executive Raf Sheik, who listed the broad guidelines and rules applicable.

  1. Barrier Trials will be compulsory for all unraced horses,
  1. Barrier Trials will be run under the under the Rules of the National Horseracing Authority.
  2. Horses will have to run within 150 days of their trials calculated to the acceptance date.
  3. Trials will be held on the Greyville Polytrack preceeding race meetings or on Turf when deemed necessary.
  4. A maximum of 3 trials may be held on Turf at Greyville Racecourse during the period of Scottsville’s spring treatment.
  5. Trials will be held over 800, 900 or 1 000 meters and only horses finishing within 54, 62 and 66 seconds respectively will be deemed to have qualified.
  6. Horses not needing a Barrier Trial will be permitted to run, field size permitting. Gold Circle will cover all related costs however a fee of R300 will be payable. This will also apply to horses having a 2nd barrier trial.
  7. Horses will have to be nominated for a trial and riders must trial in the registered owners colours or the colours of the trainer. Club Colours will also be permitted. Once all acceptors for a barrier trial have been declared by their trainers, management will allocate the field for the trial at their sole discretion. The field/s will be printed in the Racecard.
  8. Management will endeavour to allocate the final trial field based on what appears to be most suited.
  9. 8 day suspension for scratchings under veterinary reason will also apply to barrier trials.
  10. Weights will be allocated between 56kgs and 60kgs plus overweight if necessary, to allow for W.F.A.
  11. Gold Circle may, on written application, grant an exemption to a horse domiciled outside the province of KZN from participating in a barrier trial at the time of final acceptance for any Graded race.
  12. Gold Circle may under exceptional circumstances grant an exemption to a horse from participation in a barrier trial, provided that the trainer applies in writing for such exemption and it is supported by a veterinary certificate. Such application is to be received by the NRB within 10 days of the planned race participation.
  13. Transport will leave approximately 30mins before “normal” times.
  14. Gold Circle will, reserve the right to determine the “field”and the number of trials on any given day.
  15. The results of trials will be published in the official racecard and videos posted on-line at www.goldcircle.co.za (click on YouTube the icon).

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6 comments on “Barrier Trials – The Parameters

  1. Lou Syfer says:

    What a lot of nonsense.

    Why should exemptions be granted, if a horse needs medication to barrier trial it should not be allowed to race.

    As for 66 seconds to complete a 1000m trial, this outcome would equate to a horse finishing roughly 40 lengths behind the winner in a typical Kimberley maiden race. How can this ever be seen as adequate and how can punters be assisted by these parameters.

    If you want to do something then do it properly.

  2. Pops says:

    Barrier Trials will be run under the Rules of the National Horseracing Authority.says Mr. Raf Sheik. But what he has to tell us is is whether that is a Barrier Trial Guideline or a Rule.
    If it is a Rule then what happens to jockeys that break NHA Rule
    62.2.1 take all reasonable and permissible measures throughout a RACE to ensure that his
    HORSE is given a full opportunity to win or to obtain the best possible placing;
    62.2.3 ride his HORSE out to the end of a RACE to the satisfaction of the STIPENDIARY
    STEWARDS;
    And then there is Rule 62.1 Every HORSE shall be run and shall be allowed to run to the best of its ability and on its merits.

  3. Art says:

    To all the critics of barrier trials Raf Sheik in his wisdom has just shown all of you a stiff middle finger and you will jump when he says you must jump

  4. Ralph Fell says:

    This has been an exercise in futility from the get go. My, even Craig Peters had a hissy fit. Now the suits have finalised the parameters/rules. ‘They simply don’t get it. Will sanity ever prevail?

  5. Brian says:

    Now you watch the money grabbing NHA climb on the band wagon and dish out fines

  6. The Dark Duke says:

    I agree with the Prince of Darkness ( love the nom de plume Lou ). If you do something then do it properly. A good start would be to lower the minimum time to 62 seconds/1000m and use that as a qualifying criteria. Let the horse trial twice without penalty and from there on charge the trainer should the horse not break the time. Who knows, perhaps the lost art of timing gallops will make a reappearance at Summerveld and Ashburton.

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