Here are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions we receive about Godolphin Flying Start…


Can I still be successful in gaining a place on Godolphin Flying Start if I don’t come from a family that is involved in horse racing or breeding?
Yes, the majority of selected applicants do not come from families that are involved in the thoroughbred industry. However, candidates are recommended to have at least one full year employment within the thoroughbred industry.
Is it an advantage to have an equine related university degree?
Any university degree subject is acceptable and we have had a wide range of degree subjects since the first intake of trainees, however the university ranking and grade achieved in the degree are important.
Why is IELTS 6.5 required for applicants from countries where English is not the first language?
IELTS 6.5 is a measure of proficiency in English and it is a requirement of our accrediting university, University College Dublin. It is also required for some visa applications.
If I have completed an unpaid internship or a practical stud management course, does that count as employment?
At least one year paid employment in the thoroughbred industry is preferred. All thoroughbred experience is important and should be included on your application whether paid or unpaid.
Is there a quota of trainees from each country selected each year?
No, the most suitable candidates are selected each year although we seek to have a diverse group.
I don’t have a definite career path but I am committed to the thoroughbred business, should I apply?
Many trainees change career aims during the program as they learn about opportunities in the industry. Commitment to the industry is essential, but a definite career path is not.
What will I have to pay for during the course?
You will pay for your flights to and from Ireland at the start and finish of the course, mobile phone, stationery and food. All other living expenses (including accommodation), travel and course related costs are covered.
Is it an advantage to have travelled abroad before?
It is a positive to have travelled abroad although it is not essential.
I love working with horses but I struggle with academic work, is this course for me?
Probably not, as there is a rigorous academic program with numerous deadlines for assignments, exams and reports. You will be required to complete modules in University of Sydney, University College Dublin and University of Kentucky.
I am a big racing fan but I have no practical work experience with horses, can I still gain a place on the course?
No, you need to be able to competently handle a thoroughbred before you can be accepted as you will be expected to work as part of a team in a stud or stable from the beginning of the course.