Lingfield Barrier Trial
Lingfield Park host their first Barrier Trials of the year on Monday 16th March, and the ROA is joining forces with the racecourse to enrich the morning for owners interested in attending.
This is an opportunity for owners to broaden their knowledge by seeing how barrier trials work.
These barrier trials were first set up by Witheford Equine three years ago at Lingfield and they have grown in popularity due to the results on the track, proving this extra education for inexperienced horses is proving worthwhile for many trainers.
Gary and Craig Witheford manage all of the horses booked to a barrier trial and will run approximately 10 barrier trial days at Lingfield Park in 2020.
The morning trial on March 16th will start at around 8.00am and finish approximately 11.30am, running every 25 minutes with a maximum of 10 horses per ‘lot’.
The starting stalls are positioned at the 6 furlong start on the all-weather track and each lot will be required to load, jump, then pull up at the cottage bend, before loading again and do a piece of work over the 6 furlongs – very similar to how a race would be run.
Archie Watson has been the biggest supporter and has enjoyed success with many of his two-year-old barrier-trial graduates, other trainers to note include Richard Hannon, Richard Hughes, Hugo Palmer and Brian Meehan.
Lingfield Park and the ROA will host tea/ coffee and pastries in the Eclipse Suite, which also overlooks the racecourse and owners will be able to get a lift to the start to see what happens out on track.
Owners can book a place whether or not they have a horse taking part in the trials. We are restricting the event to 60 ROA members. It is free of charge to attend, but please pre-book your places so we can ensure adequate catering provision.
We will also email you final timings, format and the location of the facility closer to the event.
Trainers who wish to enter their horse for a barrier trial will need to contact Witheford Equine directly.