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2019 – 2021 Applications

Applications for the 2019 – 2021 programme have now closed. Applications for the 2020 – 2022 programme will open on January 2nd 2020.

Applicant Profile

  • Individuals seeking to develop excellent management and leadership training and a career in the thoroughbred horse racing industry
  • Those with excellent communication skills and an in depth knowledge of the international thoroughbred industry
  • Those with good practical horsemanship skills and strong work ethic
  • Those who enjoy a rigorous academic program and multi-cultural experiences

Application Criteria

  • Level 8 Bachelors Degree. Minimum GPA 3.08 or 2.1 hons preferred and one to three years full time relevant  Thoroughbred industry employment following graduation


  • Level 7 Degree at honors level and three to five years full time relevant Thoroughbred industry employment following graduation*


  • Level 6 Qualification at honors level and at least 10 years full time relevant Thoroughbred industry employment including positions of responsibility*  

*in these cases a non-standard admission form is required to be submitted to University College Dublin


Course Fees

This is a scholarship with twelve places annually. There are no registration fees or course fees for those selected


What will be needed in order to complete my application?

  • A current Curriculum Vitae/Resume not exceeding two pages
  • Original transcripts of exam results from school/university in English
  • Three written references* (At least one employer and one academic)
  • Typed cover letter not exceeding two pages
  • English language proficiency certificate dated within one year of the application deadline (minimum IELTS 6.5 academic test) if English is not the first language of your country of origin (ie. Nationality as shown on your passport)
  • A colour copy of your full driving license (Provisional licences will not be accepted), passport photo page and birth certificate
  • 60 second to camera video answering three preset questions

*Please note that the written references are to be submitted by the referee directly through the SlideRoom portal

What happens next?

Applicants will be informed by email if they have or have not been successful in obtaining an interview.

Pre Interview

Applicants selected for interview will be required to:

  • Provide video evidence of their ability to ride a horse. Click here for riding video guidelines
  • Complete online psychometric tests


  • Applicants will be interviewed and in addition may be required to carry out practical tasks, written assessments and group work

Post Interview

  • Successful applicants are required to carry out pre-course reading and assignments
  • Successful applicants will be required to undergo a medical examination

2019 Interview dates

Country Location Dates
UK Dalham Hall Stud Wednesday & Thursday, February 27 & 28th
Ireland Kildangan Stud Wednesday & Thursday, March 6th & 7th
USA Godolphin, Jonabell Farm Wednesday March 20th
Australia Godolphin Office, Edgecliff, Sydney Tuesday & Wednesday, April 16th & 17th



“The Godolphin Flying Start course has been an unbelievable and life changing experience that has helped shaped my career in the Thoroughbred industry. The course has given me great exposure to all facets of the industry whilst providing an international perspective which is becoming increasingly important in many different ways. I have been able to apply the knowledge and skills that I have learnt from the course to progress to the position that I hold today.”

Adrian Bott, Co-trainer, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott Racing, 2010 Darley Flying Start Graduate