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Godol­phin gives Emi­ratis chance for a ca­reer in horse rac­ing

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT - By Adrian Back @aidy­back

Godol­phin, one of the most suc­cess­ful thor­ough­bred breed­ing and horse rac­ing sta­bles in the world, is hop­ing to at­tract a new gen­er­a­tion of Emi­ratis to the sport with the launch of a new aca­demic schol­ar­ship.

Launche by HH Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Rashid Al Mak­toum, UAE Vice Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter and Ruler of Dubai, the sta­ble wants to pro­vide a se­lect num­ber of UAE na­tion­als with the chance to learn the ins and outs of the world­wide rac­ing brand.

Named Masar Godol­phin, the ini­tia­tive aims to find eight Emi­ratis aged be­tween 23-30 who show a pas­sion for eques­tri­an­ism and are ea­ger to learn more about all as­pects of horse rac­ing.

“The Emi­rates has been fa­mous for many cen­turies for cre­at­ing some of the best horses in the world. And the only way to cre­ate the best horses is by hav­ing the best horse peo­ple,” said John Fer­gu­son, the chief ex­ec­u­tive and rac­ing man­ager of Godol­phin.

“It’s no se­cret that Sheikh Mo­hammed cre­ated Godol­phin and he did it so he could cre­ate a team that his coun­try could be proud of. This year we have had vic­to­ries in Dubai, Aus­tralia, the United States, the UK and Ire­land so we are a global op­er­a­tion.

“So it is time now for young Emi­ratis to take ad­van­tage of the ex­per­tise that Godol­phin can pro­vide and al­low them to get a thor­ough grasp and un­der­stand­ing of the thor­ough­bred in­dus­try.

“Masar means jour­ney and what Sheikh Mo­hammed would like to do is take some young Emi­ratis on a jour­ney through Godol­phin. So that they can learn ev­ery facet of the busi­ness.”

Lead­ing the pro­gramme will be Ali Al Ali who will se­lect the fi­nal eight that will spend time shad­ow­ing Godol­phin train­ers such as Saeed bin Suroor and Char­lie Ap­pleby, as well as learn about blood­stock sales and busi­ness man­age­ment.

“They must have the am­bi­tion to progress both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally,” said Ali.

“It is a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity for eight out­stand­ing and am­bi­tious young Emi­ratis.

“The love of horses is in the DNA of Dubai and the same pi­o­neer­ing spirit that you see in mod­ern Dubai is felt in Godol­phin con­stantly look­ing for­ward and re­lent­lessly in­no­vat­ing.

“That is what makes this such an ex­cit­ing time to be in­volved in thor­ough­bred horse rac­ing.”

The course will take place over 10 months in Dubai be­fore the se­lected eight travel to Eng­land and Ire­land to learn more about the busi­ness of Godol­phin.

The hope is that some of the suc­cess­ful can­di­dates will then con­tinue to work for Godol­phin or can find work else­where within the eques­trian in­dus­try.

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