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Virtual racecourse experience opens in National Stud & Gardens

Horse lovers and racing fans can now become virtual jockeys on a simulated racecourse as part of the new Irish Racehorse Experience that opens today at the Irish National Stud and Gardens in Co Kildare.

The unique €3.2m interactive attraction allows visitors to pick their own thoroughbreds from the sales ring, select their own trainer and racing colours or silks and take off on a mechanical horse that simulates a full gallop while the virtual jockey charts his or her progress on the racetrack on a giant screen.

They can also try out their commentary skills in a purpose-built commentary box as well as watch a foal being born and getting tips from renowned trainer Jessica Harrington.

The exhibit also features a history of Ireland’s iconic thoroughbred industry – from the world’s first steeplechase in Cork – to a Who’s Who of the top riders and race horses in Ireland and their diaspora around the world.

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