Pupils from Scoil Mhuire NS Gowran - Katie Pitt, Margie O'Keeffe, Jayne Farrell, Aaron Fenlon, Andrew Corbett and Eoin O'Neill jumping out of starting stalls
Over 200 fifth and sixth class pupils from three primary schools in Kilkenny got to go behind-the-scenes at Gowran Park last week. The pupils met with local trainer John ‘Shark’ Hanlon who introduced them to racehorse Hidden Cyclone. Jockeys David Mullins, Rachael Blackmore and former point-to-point rider Shane Prendergast gave the pupils an insight into their day-to-day routines and life in racing, and racecourse manager Eddie Scally explained how the team at Gowran Park prepare for a race day.
The objective of the HRI ‘Go Racing Kids’ Club’ initiative is to build ties between the racecourses and their local community, encouraging an affinity with racing which will hopefully produce future racegoers.