24-year-old John Bourke comes from Co. Kildare, Ireland. He graduated from University College Dublin in 2017 with a BAgrSc in Animal Science. Before commencing the Godolphin Flying Start program John worked with Tinnakill House Stud and Forenaghts Stud. He graduated from the Irish National Stud Thoroughbred Breeding Course in July 2018.
“Godolphin Flying Start is probably one of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s greatest legacies and contributions to the global thoroughbred industry. To be given the opportunity through his kind generosity to embark upon a two-year program to follow my passion for racing and breeding is a unique and unparalleled experience. I look forward to meeting industry leaders and alumni from all over the world to expand my knowledge on the thoroughbred industry. Aside from horses I enjoy all sports mainly rugby, golf and GAA.”