What a wonderful week in IADT and in Cheltenham! The entrepreneurial going on the IADT track was ‘good to firm’.
The first race of the week was the ‘Marlay Park Novices Chase’ for 1 and 2 year olds (first and second year students). The runners on Saturday made light of the strong winds to finish very strongly. Some of the stronger runners; ‘Coconut Delight’, ‘Rachel’s Tye Dye’ and ‘Wexford Honey’ made an appearance at their home IADT track during the festival week.
Monday’s feature was the ‘Student Entrepreneurs Handicap Hurdle’. The early market was dominated by ‘Wattspot’, ‘Glitz N Pieces’ and ‘Silhouette’. These experienced jumpers (student entrepreneurs) gave a lot of support to the next generation of IADT hurdlers. This race was kindly sponsored by the Local Enterprise Office which provided great advice to the jockeys.
The big race on Tuesday was the ‘Retro Day Bumper’ with a nostalgic look back at racing life before online betting and the smart phone. Many great trainers (lecturers) were spotted in the crowd including Audrey ‘Arkle’ Stenson, Barry ‘Desert Orchid’ McIntyre, Rebecca ‘Sea Biscuit’ Roper, Niamh ‘Kauto Star’ Gallagher and Denis ‘Istabraq’ Cullinane. What a great opportunity for old and young trainers to share information and tips.
The big owners (employers) came out in force on Wednesday led by CarTrawler, Arytza, Office Supplies Ireland, Olive Media, Worldnet and Gradireland. The owners, trainers and jockeys mixed happily together in the IADT tent. For more details of this very sociable event click here.
The big race of the week was the ‘Dragons’ Den Sprint’ on Thursday. This race was sponsored and organised by the outstanding Student Enterprise Society. Given the importance of this race, the country’s top stewards were recruited in the form of Georgina Sweetnam, Denise Kennedy, Stephen Brady and Paul Downes. A photo was required to separate the first four past the line. Congratulations to Louise Zayed, of the famous Springboard stable, on her victory.
The ‘Enactus Social Enterprise Steeplechase’ point to point races came to a climax on Friday with a stirring talk by the great trainer, Declan Egan, to the 8 social enterprise stables on what it takes to succeed.
Attendances for the week set an all-time record. The leading trainer was Therese ‘Mullins’ Moylan. The leading jockey was Emmet ‘Ruby’ Kehoe. The leading owner prize went to the Local Enterprise Office.
Congratulations to all concerned on a fabulous festival of entrepreneurship.