Flying Start new intake arrive at Kildangan

The class of 2016 – Back L-R: Christopher Farrell, Joe Callan, Jack Carlino, Todd Pollard, Luke Morgan, Tim Donworth; Front L-R: Amie Karlsson, Laura Pouri-Robertson, Megan Hebbert, Madison Scott, Jessica Berry, Renshuai (Michael) Yi

PICTURE: www.godolphin.com Flying Start new intake arrive at Kildangan By Martin Stevens 1:24PM 18 AUG 2016

THIS year's intake of Godolphin Flying Start trainees arrived at Kildangan Stud in County Kildare on Monday.

The 12 trainees hail from six countries – Britain, Ireland, China, New Zealand, Sweden and the US.

The first week of the programme focuses on induction training, with the students given a tour of Kildangan with a stallion show and visits to Godolphin's Ragusa, Old Connell and Blackhall Studs.

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They will shortly commence IT and communications training and begin their Equine Anatomy and Physiology module at University College Dublin.

Practical work experience comprising breaking yearlings at Kildangan starts early next month.

Lectures, visits, assignments and practical experience will continue for the ten-week Irish phase of the programme until the end of October, when the trainees travel to Newmarket.

Trainee Luke Morgan from County Waterford said: "I'm really excited about showcasing our renowned industry here in Ireland to my fellow trainees. We all come from different disciplines throughout the international thoroughbred industry which is fantastic as we can learn so much from each other."

The Godolphin Flying Start second-year trainees commenced the Australian phase of the programme this week.

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