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Racing Academy & Centre of Education
Join Us for a VIP Tour of the World Famous Racing School In Kildare
Racing Academy & Centre of EducationBackground & History
Racing Academy & Centre of Education (RACE) was established in 1973 as a social project to offer support to young racing apprentices and has gradually evolved over more than forty years to become the national training academy for the Irish horseracing industry offering courses for jockeys, stable staff, racehorse trainers, breeders and others involved in the thoroughbred sector.
RACE is a not-for-profit educational initiative and registered charity supported by various State agencies and the racing industry.
An attractive campus has been developed on the edge of the Curragh plains in Kildare which serves as a hub for the industry and, in addition to extensive training facilities, houses several of racing’s representative bodies and the Irish School of Farriery.
Our trainee jockey programme has achieved outstanding success over more than 35 years with many successful graduates making their mark in the global racing industry. An emphasis on the all-round development of each person is reflected in the motto ‘Training for today – educating for tomorrow’.
With extensive experience of delivering international training programmes to learners from more than thirty countries, RACE has become an international centre of excellence for the racing industry and an important element in the drive to promote Ireland as a world leader in the equine sector.
Our world renowned Trainee Jockey Course has been running since 1977 and counted amongst our Alumni are champion flat and jump jockeys as well as Classic-winning jockeys and jump jockeys who between them have won every major jump race at home and abroad. Graduates include Seamie Heffernan (multiple Group 1 winner & 3-time Irish Derby Winner), Daryl Jacob (mulitple Gr.1 winner & Irish Gold Cup winnner), Padraig Beggy (2017 Epsom Derby Gr.1 Winner), Samantha Wynne (top 10 jockey in NZ), Shane Foley (Gr.1 winner & Irish Classic winner), Chris Hayes (multiple Gr.1 winner & Irish Classic winner), Emily Finnegan (leading Apprentice in Australia & over 200 career wins), Sean Flanagan (Gr.1 winner), Brian Hughes, Jerry McGrath, Joe Fanning (more than 1,700 career wins), leading apprentices and conditional jockeys, Gary Halpin, Sean Davis, Dylan Hogan, Ciaran Gethings, Dylan Robinson, Robbie Dolan as well as former jockeys and now leading trainers, Johnny Murtagh, Richard Fahey and Jockey Coach and former Irish Champion Apprentice, Cathy Gannon., etc.
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Jan & John Daly, Guest
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Anne Wheelan, Turf Club
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Anne Conway , Guest
"Thank you for a wonderful weekend of racing and hospitality, we were made to feel very special and it was a wonderful experience seeing how the other half live! The staff at both venues were fantastic. "
Dionne Smyth, Guest
"I would like to say how fantastic our stay at the races was, the hotel was clean and tidy, staff very helpful, the Curragh race course was excellent, it was spotless and the service we were given was amazing."