HRI announce changes to Claiming Races process


Thursday, October 07, 2021
Dundalk Racetrack

Princess Plumeria and Colin Keane wins the 6f claiming maiden. Dundalk Stadium Photo: Patrick McCann/Racing Post


A streamlining of the claiming process to speed up the post-race procedures will be the result of changes to the guidelines in relation to claiming races announced today by Horse Racing Ireland (HRI). 

From Tuesday, November 2, pre-authorisation on the day of the race will be required for all potential claimants. The claimant’s contact details, the name of the designated trainer for the horse they wish to claim, the name of the person responsible for collecting and transporting the claimed horse and the value of the horse they wish to claim should be submitted to Horse Racing Ireland up to one hour before the scheduled race time. 

All potential claimants, including those who do not hold a HRI account, can contact the client accounts department of HRI for pre-authorisation on the day of the race. An arrangement will made to pre-authorise a debit or credit card for the purposes of the claim for those who are not HRI account holders. This pre-race process does not constitute making a claim and all claims must be lodged as normal after the race is run.  

Pre-authorisation can be done in two ways: by completing the online pre-authorisation form or by telephoning the client accounts department of HRI. 

Jason Morris, HRI’s Director of Racing, said: “The popularity of claiming races continues to grow as a medium for purchasing horses and we have seen a huge increase in the volume of activity, with upwards of 30 claims being submitted in races on occasions. This can lead to considerable delays in the post-race processing and the announcement of the successful claims.

“The changes to the regulations announced today will streamline the process for everyone involved and will also ensure the welfare of claimed horses as they transfer between trainers. The time between the race being run and the announcement of successful claims will be reduced, removing any ambiguity of who is responsible for the welfare of the horse in the period after the race. 

“It is important to note that pre-authorisation must be sought each time a person intends to make a claim and that those wishing to proceed with their claim must contact the client accounts department of HRI after the race is run. No claim will be accepted after the race without pre-authorisation.”

The popularity of claiming races continues to grow as a medium for purchasing horses and we have seen a huge increase in the volume of activity, with upwards of 30 claims being submitted in races on occasions. This can lead to considerable delays in the post-race processing and the announcement of the successful claims.

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