• Naming

  • An original naming form must be completed and returned (in order) to Horse Racing Ireland along with the passport and the correct fee.
    If the naming form is received (in order) by Friday close of business it should to be named in the following week's calendar unless foreign bred.
    Assuming the documentation has been received (in order) by Friday:
    -    Irish & GB bred animals are named in the following weeks calendar.
    -    Foreign bred animals (USA, GER, FR etc) can take 3-4 weeks or more to name.
    Yes, any horse named outside of Ireland must be named within the Irish jurisdiction. The cost and time of this may vary depending on where the animal was bred. If the markings, including the colour of the horse, have changed a new set of markings must be completed in full on the back of the naming form.
    This is the section on the naming form (bottom left hand corner) where the trainer/vet can confirm that the markings and microchip number on the passport match the markings and microchip number of the horse being named. If left unsigned a new set of markings must be completed on the back of the form.
    Only a licensed trainer can sign it or alternatively a vet can sign and stamp (with the practice stamp) the declaration. A point to point handler cannot sign the declaration.
    New markings are needed if the current passport markings, including the colour of the horse, are not accurate OR if the horse is bred outside of Ireland and the UK e.g. France, Germany, USA etc
    18 characters (not including the suffix) are allowed including spaces.
    By calling the Registrations Dept (045 455424) an 80% provisional check can be carried out.
    The horse’s name can only be changed if the animal has not raced either on the racetrack or in the point to point sphere. A new naming form must be completed and returned along with the passport and a fee of €400 (costs more if bred outside of Ireland/UK).
    They are turned down If they are already in use, too similar to other names or if they are insulting, obscene or liable cause to confusion. Also any trade/brand names, copyrights or famous person's names will not be allowed.
    Names can be reserved (at a cost) directly with Weatherbys in the UK. This does not guarantee that the name is available but it does ensure that no one else can use it if it is available.
    When importing a horse from anywhere outside Ireland/GB the passport must be endorsed before the horse leaves the country of origin. On occasions this is overlooked and only discovered at the naming stage. The passport has to be returned to the relevant racing authority requesting that the passport be endorsed. This procedure could take a considerable length of time, delaying your name registration and preventing you from running the horse until the passport is returned (can take up to several months).
    Yes, as the vaccinations are not checked when the horse is being named.
    After the first vaccination, the second vaccination must be administered within 21-92 days. The third vaccination must then be administered within 150-215 days after the second vaccination. The horse can run on the track 7 days after the second vaccination and then get his third vaccination within the stated timeframe.
    Missing a vaccination will result in your vet having to start the whole vaccination process again from the start as explained in the previous question.
    No, it has to be the original “green card” naming form.
    A naming form must be completed (including a new set of markings) and returned to HRI along with the fee of €200. An Irish or GB bred animal generally takes a week to have their passport replaced but a foreign bred animal can take considerably longer and at a greater expense as HRI has to apply to the country of origin. A DNA sample may be required.
    The markings are the primary source of identification for the horse. It is essential that the markings on the passport match those with the actual horse even if the microchip scans correctly. If the markings do not match, a new set of markings must be completed on a naming form and returned to Horse Racing Ireland along with the passport.
    No, the passport can only be updated by Horse Racing Ireland, the Turf Club vets or Weatherbys.
    The trainer must amend the racecard record via the RÁS system. The passport can then be updated at the racecourse by the vet on duty or it can be returned to Horse Racing Ireland.