Horse in Training

Yes, however it is important that the passport is in the trainer's possession as soon as possible as under EU law, the passport must stay with the horse at all times.
Yes. You can return an unnamed horse in training under Horse Returns and Unnamed Horse in Training. You will need the microchip number of the horse, which is on the passport.
This can be done via the RAS website or alternatively by fax/post on the correct forms.


A restricted trainer is allowed to return up to 4 horses in training at any one time or up to 8 horses if holding a restricted licence under both National Hunt and Flat codes.
There are a number of scenarios: 1) If returning a horse in training through the RAS website there is no delay in making entries 2) If completing a Horse in Training form, a first time return can be entered 7 working days after the form has been received in order 3) If completing a Horse in Training form for a horse being put back into training, then entries can be made the following day 4) Finally if the horse has been racing abroad with a foreign trainer, then the new Irish trainer must complete the Horse in Training form and fill in his foreign runs on the back of the form – entries can be made after 2 working days.
All horses must be returned in training with HRI regardless of their status with the Curragh Gallops.
Yes, you can return the horse in training but entries cannot be made until the Monday after it has been published in the calendar.
In this instance a Sale with Engagement form must be completed and lodged with Horse Racing Ireland. The trainer, if he has Authority to Act for both parties, can sign on behalf of the buyer and the seller or alternatively the form can be signed by the buyer and seller themselves. Once lodged with HRI the ownership of the horse, along with the costs of the current engagements, will transfer to the new owner.
Provided there are no engagements held by the horse in question, the trainer can change the ownership of the horse via the RAS website in the Horse in Training section. Alternatively the trainer can lodge a change of ownership form with HRI – the trainer can sign for both parties if he has Authority to Act, otherwise both parties will have to sign the document. HRI advise that for any change of ownership of a thoroughbred, you contact Weatherbys Ireland to fill out a change of ownership form.
Depending on the ownership type, a combination of the following must be lodged – an Authority to Act, Syndicate form, Partnership form and Lease form – prior to the trainer attempting to return the horse in training.