Mark looks a safe bet for 'Stateside' success
A FOURTEEN-year-old boy is on his way to the US to play his new song for 100,000 horseracing fans at the Breeders' Cup festival.
Mark Boylan first came to the attention of the racing world when he penned a song about Cheltenham.
Mark, who is from Banagher, Co Offaly, was invited to play 'The Festival' to a crowd of over 60,000 at the famous English festival.
Now he's en route to Kentucky, after organisers of the Breeders' Cup asked him to play 'Stateside', which he wrote about the event.
They spotted the recording on YouTube and invited Mark to the festival Parents Dave and Helena and sister Holly (6) are accompanying the singer on an all-expenses' paid trip.
"I just can't wait to play it," he said yesterday. "It's a huge racing event worldwide. The Breeders' Cup for horseracing fans is like the Ryder Cup for golfers."
Mark's parents instilled a love of racing in their son. His mother grew up next door to Aidan O'Brien. "My dad is an even bigger fan, every day when I come home from school I ask him who won the 3.30pm at Newmarket," he said.
Mark is preparing to play at the Breeders' Cup next Friday and Saturday and he's been inundated with requests for media interviews.
His father, Dave, said he used to bring 'The Racing Post' to school when he was in junior infants.
Breeders' Cup spokesman Peter Rotondo said he was "blown away" when he first heard 'Stateside'.