Barrier Trials Rules outlined

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



1. Barrier Trials will be compulsory for:

- All unraced horses

2. Barrier Trials will be run under the under the Rules of the National Horseracing Authority.

3. Horses will have to run within 150 days of their trials calculated to the acceptance date.

4. Trials will be held on the Greyville Polytrack preceeding race meetings or on Turf when deemed necessary.

5. A maximum of 3 trials may be held on Turf at Greyville Racecourse during the period of Scottsville’s spring treatment.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Management will endeavour to allocate the final trial field based on what appears to be most suited.

10. 8 day suspension for scratchings under veterinary reason will also apply to barrier trials.

11. Weights will be allocated between 56kgs and 60kgs plus overweight if necessary, to allow for W.F.A.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. Transport will leave approximately 30mins before “normal” times.

15. Gold Circle will, reserve the right to determine the “field”and the number of trials on any given day.

16. The results of trials will be published in the official racecard and videos posted on-line


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