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Meet the Team

Course Manager


Clodagh Kavanagh

Clodagh Kavanagh became Godolphin International Thoroughbred Leadership Programme General Manager in 2003. Motivated by Sheikh Mohammed’s vision of creating a management training programme to recruit and develop the “Future Leaders of the Thoroughbred Industry”, Clodagh’s role centres around maintaining the standard and relevance of the syllabus as well as coaching and mentoring the trainees. She manages the recruitment and marketing of the programme and guides a team of coordinators who implement the program locally.

Previously General Manager of the Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) in Kildare, Clodagh also worked as a part-time Racing Official with the Irish Turf Club.

Clodagh has worked in Kentucky, New Zealand, Hunter Valley, Melbourne, Sydney and Kildare for some of the leaders in the thoroughbred industry including Eaton-Williams consignors, Segenhoe Stud, Colin Hayes, Ballysheehan, Moyglare, Airlie and Derrinstown Studs.

Clodagh is a graduate of University College Dublin, obtaining a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree. She has a Diploma in Leadership and is an MBTI practitioner.



Management Assistant

Martin Larkin

Martin began working with Godolphin Flying Start in February 2014. Alongside the programme’s General Manager Clodagh Kavanagh, he helps to deal with the day to day running of the course from our Kildangan Stud base in Ireland. His roles include overseeing the practical horse skills module, website maintenance, administration, education technology, marketing & PR for the programme.

Martin got involved with horses from a young age working at Paul & Tom Monaghan’s Cottage Stud in County Kildare. The Cottage Stud were the breeders of dual international stakes winner Ezzoud. It is there he gained his experience in the thoroughbred industry and also where Martin’s love of horses began. He is driven by horse racing and breeding and follows all race meetings at home and abroad and when time allows he gets to as many as meetings as he can.

Martin is a graduate of Maynooth University, obtaining his Honours Degree in Computer Science & Geography.


UK Coordinator

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Bethan Byrne

Bethan started her role as Godolphin Flying Start UK Coordinator in 2013 combing this new position with her existing role as Management Assistant in the nominations department at Dalham Hall Stud. Bethan is responsible for all aspects of the trainees’ stay whilst they are based in Newmarket on their UK phase of the programme, including arranging practical rotations at The British Racing School, Darley’s pre-training facility at Hamilton Hill and also the main office at Dalham Hall Stud in addition to organising lectures and visits with industry professionals.

Prior to joining Darley Bethan worked at Tattersalls, Newmarket in the bloodstock department for 5 years. She completed the British Horseracing Board’s Graduate Development Programme after graduating with an MA (Honours) degree  in Mediaeval History and German from St Andrew’s University, Scotland in 2000.

Australia Coordinator

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Belinda Miller

Belinda Miller is the Godolphin Flying Start Australian coordinator. She first got involved in the horse industry in 1995. Starting Emirates Park and then Arrowfield Stud before embarking on her career with Darley Australia. She started as Stud Secretary and then moved into the role of Personal Assistant to the General Manager. She now is the Kelvinside Office Manager which coordinates Human Resources, WH&S and the Horse Management System.

Over the past 12 years she has been instrumental in setting up and initiating procedures within the many roles she has undertaken.  The variety of responsibilities she has held has given her a unique insight into the operation of the Darley as a whole from an administration and management perspective.

Belinda lives locally with her husband and two young daughters.  She has always had a passion for the local industry, in particular the Scone Cup carnival every year. She looks forward to meeting each new group of Godolphin Flying Start trainees every year and feels privileged to be able to assist them in reaching their full potential and achieving their ultimate goals on the program by enriching their experience in Australia both culturally and within the Australian thoroughbred horse racing and breeding industry.


Dubai Coordinator


Ghrainne Clancy

Ghrainne will assist with the Dubai phase of Godolphin Flying Start in 2016. From County Tipperary, in Ireland, Ghrainne started her career in horseracing as an apprentice jockey on The Curragh in County Kildare.

Following that she travelled for a number of years working in the thoroughbred industry including in Florida for well-known two year old in training consignor, Niall Brennan.

She has been based in Dubai for six months of the year since 2005 where she works as an exercise rider at Dubai Stables and as senior paddock steward for the Dubai Racing Club. Ghrainne will mainly be involved with liaison with Godolphin Flying Start trainees practical work placements including the Dubai Racing Club.