Trainees commence Godolphin Flying Start at the majestic Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, Ireland. In the rural heart of the Irish horseracing industry, they are surrounded by the world renowned pastures that have produced centuries of champions and generations of horsemen. Close by are the Curragh and Leopardstown racecourses, Goffs bloodstock sales and Tattersalls. They attend the Irish Champion Stakes and work at Kildangan for three busy months alongside graduates of the program employed by Godolphin.
Newmarket, England, is the second location of the first year for the Godolphin Flying Start trainees. Living in the town that is the historical home of horseracing they are surrounded by trainers, stud managers, agents, and horses on a daily basis. The expansive Newmarket Heath is on their doorstep, where the blueblood champions of today and tomorrow train each morning. Trainees attend the Tattersalls Breeding Stock sale with agents and consignors, many of whom are alumni of the program. They work at Godolphin pre-training and the Dalham Hall office during the months of November and December.
The third and final phase of year 1. Godolphin Flying Start trainees are based in Lexington, Kentucky from January to July. They are in close proximity to over 250 stud farms and America's leading stallions as well as the beautiful Keeneland racetrack and thoroughbred auction house, Fasig Tipton sales company and a large population of thoroughbred industry entrepreneurs. Trainees attend the annual “Run for the Roses” Kentucky Derby at nearby Churchill Downs. They become part of the Lexington thoroughbred community by connecting with alumni and working at Godolphin's stunning stud farms including Jonabell, Stonerside and Gainsborough.
The second year of the program commences in the Hunter Valley, three hours north of Sydney. The wide open landscapes disguise leading stud farms and their world class shuttle and domestic stallions. Racing locally takes place at Scone. Trainees attend Group 1 meetings in Sydney and Melbourne and meet the large number of alumni who are professionals in the Australian industry. They work at Godolphin and surrounding stud farms in the Hunter Valley.
The jewel in the crown of Godolphin Flying Start locations and the home of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed. From January to March the racing community turns its attention to Dubai as the international carnival gathers momentum towards the Dubai World Cup on the last Saturday in March. The trainees are in the centre of the action as they work with trainers and other entities involved in the glamorous world of racing in Dubai. They live on campus at the Emirates Academy at Jumeirah. Trainees attend the Dubai World Cup at Meydan which is attended by global industry leaders and Godolphin Flying Start alumni.