Student Blog from Mathilde Baurens (France) & Sean Cooper (Ireland)

Student Blog from Mathilde Baurens (France) & Sean Cooper (Ireland)

7th Mar 2022

The season is truly underway in the Irish National Stud this week with the yards getting busier with more mares foaling and stallions. We were also privileged to receive three hight quality guests’ lecturers this week: Jack Cantillon (, Andy Ash and Anna Rowlinson (



Jack Cantillon is the founder of syndicate racing. Overall, he manages around 20 horses in training and has over 800 clients in his syndicate. It was a great opportunity for us to not only consume the knowledge Jack shared with us, but also to see and hear his admirable sales technique as he grasped the attention of the students. With insatiable creativity, Jack is working day after day to promote his syndicate. He has more recently begun to try and promote his two promising stallions with Far Above and Fifty Stars. Jack has a very inspiring personality who taught us that we should not be afraid of taking risks and even less so when these risks do not always pay off as there is also something to gain.


Andy Ash founder of The Racing Manager (TRM) and Anna Rowlinson (Head of operation) introduced us to The Racing Manager platform. Andy created the TRM to help develop better communication between owners, trainers and clients. He explained how he saw that there was a huge gap in the market as communication seemed to be a major problem in racing yards. Thus, he created the TRM 4 years ago. He and his team now supply an easy to use and instant service to update owners about their horses. Many yards such as Jessica Harrington’s now use this app to the immense pleasure of many owners. It was a pleasure learning from Andy and Anna who emphasised the struggle, hard work and thrills of creating such a technological platform but who now seem to be reaping the benefits of it all as their platform continues to grow globally.

In the yard, the highlight of the week was, without doubt, the weather. Very few countries have the privilege of experiencing sun, rain, hail, sleet and snow in one day. Those from down under seemed most confused of them all believing that the world could be ending……

Quevega foaling

was possibly a bigger highlight. The six-time Cheltenham winner and four times world series hurdle gave birth like a champion on Sunday 27th of February company with our very own Mathilde and Ed Ryan. Excitingly, she again has proved her ability to transmit her champion assets to her offspring, with her son Facile Vega, who impressively won a Group 2 in Leopardstown last month and who is running in Cheltenham in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper (G1).Student

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