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Saturday 10 December 2016

Students of the form

Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30

Ashley O'Sullivan (Smurfit Graduate Business School), Mark Hourigan (DIT) and Tarlach Mac Giolla Cheara (UCD) on the gallops at Gordon Elliot's stabes for the launch of the Go Racing Student Society. Photo: Inpho/Morgan Treacy
Ashley O'Sullivan (Smurfit Graduate Business School), Mark Hourigan (DIT) and Tarlach Mac Giolla Cheara (UCD) on the gallops at Gordon Elliot's stabes for the launch of the Go Racing Student Society. Photo: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

A new incentive by Horse Racing Ireland to encourage younger people to the racetracks was launched recently at Gordon Elliott's Cullentra House Stables in Longwood, Co Meath.

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The 'Go Racing Student Society' is aimed directly at universities and jockey Bryan Cooper was joined at the launch by students from UCD, DIT and Smurfit Graduate Business School.

The 'Go Racing Student Society' will build on the growing interest in horse racing among students and create opportunities to experience the sport in greater depth, going behind the scenes at racecourses and breeding and training establishments.

Members of the 'Go Racing Student Society' will get an opportunity to experience racehorse ownership as the society has been made a member of the Gordon Elliott Racing Club which has four horses in training.

The first 'Go Racing Student Society' event will take place on February 6 at the Irish Gold Cup meeting in Leopardstown. Don Poli is currently hot favourite for the feature race. During the day student members will have a chance to win a trip to day three of the Cheltenham Festival.

There will be at least one society outing per quarter which will include both educational and social events. These will include trips to trainers' yards, studs, Irish bloodstock sales and race meetings around the country. Horse Racing Ireland will also partner with the ITBA Next Generation and arrange joint events for members of both.

Commenting on the initiative, HRI's Marketing & Events Executive Kate O'Sullivan said: "The 'Go Racing Student Society' is an excellent opportunity for students to meet like-minded people and enjoy exclusive events. I would encourage anyone with any level of interest to join the society. It is fantastic to have Gordon's support and it will be great to follow the careers of the four club horses."

The society is open to anyone currently in third level education. Joining the society is free and trips will be discounted. Students who are interested in joining can do so on www.goracing.ie

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