The UK phase of the Godolphin Flying Star programme for first-year trainees has begun remotely from Ireland, Godolphin announced on Monday. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated the change. This segment will contain bloodstock insurance, racing administration, nominations sales, marketing, HR, racing and veterinary management, as well as an introduction to the legal system. Other changes include the practical experience with yearlings will be undertaken at Kildangan Stud, while the two-week course on exercising racehorses will be completed at the Racing Academy and Centre for Education (RACE) instead of the British Racing School. Later on in the two-year course a UK study tour has been scheduled.
In Australia, the Godolphin Flying Star second-year trainees are taking part in the programme with little change to the course structure. They quarantined for two weeks and are now based in Scone, New South Wales where they are completing practical rotations in the surrounding area, as well as visiting Hunter Valley stud farms. The trainees also completed their Leadership module at Macquarie University Graduate School of Managment in Sydney.
“It has been important for us to be reactive to the everchanging environment presented by COVID-19, but it brings me great satisfaction that despite the challenges, the groups of trainees in both Australia and Ireland have adopted well and have been able to achieve many of the same learning outcomes as previous year groups,” said Godolphin Flying Star Director Clodagh Kavanagh.