The 2019 – 2021 Godolphin Flying Start trainees arrived at Kildangan Stud on Monday, August 19th. The twelve trainees represent seven countries: Australia, Ireland, UK, USA, Argentina, Japan and France. The group were welcomed by Godolphin Flying Start and Godolphin Ireland management at a lunch in the Cape Cross Centre.
The first week on the programme has focused on induction training. In addition to a stallion show and tour of Kildangan Stud, they visited Godolphin’s Ragusa, Old Connell and Blackhall Studs and had a presentation on His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock interests. They will shortly commence ICT and Communications training as well as their Equine Anatomy and Physiology module at University College Dublin. They will assist with breaking yearlings at Kildangan in September and October. The group had their first taste of Irish racing at the Curragh on Friday evening for the G2 Galileo Futurity Stakes and G2 Debutante Stakes.
Trainee Caitlin Smith from Euroa, Victoria is looking forward experiencing the global thoroughbred industry. "Godolphin Flying Start provides enormous opportunities to refine my leadership and strategical thinking capabilities which will be invaluable to my future contribution to the thoroughbred industry. I’m looking forward to experiencing all aspects of racing and breeding at an international scale while developing strong global networks, especially during the Australian phase”
Lectures, visits, assignments and practical experience will continue for the ten-week Irish phase of the program until the end of October when they will travel to Newmarket to commence the UK phase of the programme. The trainees will attend the Goffs yearling sales and racing at the Curragh, Leopardstown and Laytown.
Front L-R: Marie Rohaut, Julie Witt, Victoria Canessa, Caitlin Smith, Niamh O’Brien, picture Godolphin Flying Start