Marcus Bird

Why did you apply for the Godolphin Flying Start scholarship?

I applied to the programme because I wanted to learn about the thoroughbred industry across the world, and make new connections.

Where has been your favourite phase of the programme?

It’s hard to choose just one, but it was great to spend six months in America.

Who has had the most influence on you since you commenced the programme?

We have been lucky enough to have met some very inspirational people, but I would say the most influential to me would be the team at MyRacehorse where I did my American externship.

How would you measure your progress since August 2021?

I have definitely learnt a lot over the last two years, and have a much better appreciation of the global view of the industry.

What is your biggest learning from the last two years that will help you in the future?

My biggest takeaway has been the range of different ways leaders make their businesses work in the same game, showing that there is so much scope for individuality and that doing things differently may well be the best approach.