Before embarking on a search a racehorse, Horse Racing Ireland advises owners to consider the following basics:
A horse that possesses the three P’s; Performance, Pedigree
and Physical will almost always incur an increased “fourth P”; PRICE. The combination of these three qualities does
not guarantee ability, so don’t be discouraged.
A horse does not know how much it cost and anyone involved in racing
will tell you there is a lot of luck required!
Remember to consider a healthy, correct (good conformation
and legs) animal with average breeding also. Like all athletes, horses have to
be physically and anatomically correct, as this will minimise the risk of
One of the most important aspects to purchasing a racehorse
is to be certain that the animal has a clean Veterinary Certificate. It is similar to a survey on a house, ensuring everything is in order before purchase. A veterinary inspection should be
carried out on horses at the public auction.
Refer to the sale catalogue for further terms and conditions
of sale. Your bloodstock agent or
trainer is your adviser, so do not hesitate to avail of their expertise and ask
questions to clarify any doubts or concerns you may have.
Above all, prior to purchasing, always seek expert advice.
Ireland is recognised as a global leader in the breeding and
sale of thoroughbreds and for this reason the bloodstock auction houses, Goffs,
Tattersalls Ireland and Goresbridge, often host the best internationally
attended sales in the world.
All three venues host a wide variety of sales throughout the
year, ranging from foals and yearlings to untried jumps horses or horses in
training. We recommend a trip to the
sales, even if only as a spectator, to see the bloodstock marketplace in
A full list of sales dates is available on www.itm.ie and you can request a catalogue for any
sale through email@example.com
Very often trainers have horses for sale in their yard. This may be a young horse they have purchased
or bred themselves, or a “tried” horse in the yard, a share in a current horse,
or possibly one they have to lease.
Trainers are reluctant to let a good horse leave the yard so remember it
is in the trainer’s interest to get the best horse possible.
Full contact details for all trainers can be found here - http://www.hri-ras.ie/information-centre/industry/trainers/
Some owners favour the expertise of a bloodstock agent. On receiving your guidelines and budget
details, an agent can source a horse for you either at public auction or
privately. Agents charge a commission
fee of approximately 5% of the purchase value.
The full list of Irish bloodstock agents can be found on the
ITM website – www.itm.ie/en/Buying/Irish_bloodstock_agents/
A claiming race is a race in which every horse running can
be “claimed” or purchased after the race.
It is open to current owners, new owners or those getting back in the sport. It
is a simple, quick and easy way to purchase a racehorse that is ready to run