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Horse Racing Ireland is the national authority for thoroughbred racing in Ireland, with responsibility for the governance, development and promotion of the industry under the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act 2001.

Based in Newbridge, Co. Kildare we employ approximately 200 people on a permanent basis. We also own and operate a number of subsidiaries:


  • Fairyhouse Racecourse is one of Irelands leading racecourses, hosting 39 race meetings throughout the year, including several high-profile races over both the Flat and National Hunt seasons.
  • Leopardstown Racecourse is one of the premier racecourses in Europe hosting top class racing and major events all year round.
  • Navan Racecourse is another of Irelands leading racecourses and hosts c. 18 race meetings throughout the year, including a number of high profile races over both the Flat and National Hunt seasons.
  • Tipperary Racecourse offers a mixture of top-class jump and flat racing and hosts a number of popular summer evening meetings.

Irish Thoroughbred Marketing (ITM) who are responsible for the promotion of the Irish thoroughbred horse internationally.

Tote Ireland Limited operates Ireland's only pool betting system for horse racing. Tote Ireland operate betting services at all 26 racecourses in Ireland.

About our Thoroughbred Talents Graduate Programme

Our graduate programme is a two-year programme which will give you the opportunity to gain experience across many aspects of the racing industry.

The programme will be broken down into streams, with programme streams offering a rotational experience across different areas.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is interested in developing a career in the horseracing industry and will commence in September 2024 .

Your Learning and Development while on the Programme

  • You will have the opportunity to be developed through an external certified Graduate Development Programme delivered by the IMI
  • You will receive on-the-job training from leaders in the business.
  • Your wellbeing will be supported through our many well being initiatives and comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme.
  • You will be assigned a dedicated mentor
  • You will receive on-going Manager Support & Feedback
  • You will have opportunities to undertake assignments, secondments and innovative project work across the business.

Why work with us?

  • We believe that the heart of any successful organisation is its people, and our role is to empower, support, and develop our staff to their fullest potential. We nurture the growth and well-being of our employees, recognising that they contribute directly to the realisation of our strategic plan. We understand that our people are not just employees; they are the driving force behind our success and key to the industry.
  • Our culture is values led and at the heart of our organisation's mission are our core values. Pride and Passion ignite our dedication to the Irish horse racing industry. With unwavering Excellence, we govern, administer, and promote the sport, setting ambitious goals to drive its continual development. Through Empowerment , we engage stakeholders in shaping its future, ensuring transparency and Integrity in our regulatory practices, while fostering mutual Respect among all involved. These values collectively steer our journey as dedicated stewards of the industry, guiding us toward excellence, growth, and the global recognition of Irish horse racing as a symbol of pride and accomplishment.
  • We strive to create a supportive environment in which all employees can flourish and reach their full potential, regardless of differences, disabilities, experience, or education. By harnessing the wide range of perspectives this diversity brings greater innovation, creativity and competitiveness.

We are looking for people who are

  • Completing (or have completed within the last 2 years) a Level 8 honours degree
  • Interested in working in the racing industry
  • Ambitious and innovative
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Has developed relevant competencies through previous work experience, student placement or extra curricular activities.

How to apply

Applications for the graduate programme are now closed

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