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Stars Go Racing

This summer, six well-known Irish personalities - Linda Martin, Francis Brennan, Jean Byrne, Alan Quinlan, Ella McSweeney and Mike Denver - will take the reins to learn the business of horse training from some of Ireland's top trainers and compete with each other at a series of race meetings nationwide. The overall final will take place at Leopardstown racecourse where the best racing team will lift the trophy.

Singer Linda Martin will work with trainer David Marnane; hotelier and TV presenter Francis Brennan will work with trainer Joanna Morgan; weatherwoman Jean Byrne is paired with trainer Willie McCreery; presenter Ella McSweeney will work with trainer Michael Halford; singer Mike Denver will work with trainer Adrian McGuinness and Munster rugby's Alan Quinlan will work with trainer Jessica Harrington.

Each week, the show will come from a different location across Ireland as our new trainers strive to qualify for the final by competing in real races at Limerick, Bellewstown, Killarney and the Curragh. Five of the six will go through to compete for the Leopardstown Cup.

'Stars Go Racing' brings viewers the passion, excitement and authentically-Irish flavor of horse racing across the country, during the summer season, as six celebrity-led teams battle it out to win the trophy.

Each celebrity's mission is to immerse themselves in the business of horse training by teaming up with a trainer, who will help them in their quest to win the coveted cup in the final. They are going to have to find out all they can about horses, jockeys, stables, race tactics, and psychological motivation. They will work with their trainers and compete at real race meets around the country.

Each trainer will devise a programme that their new apprentice must stick to in order to acquire the skills that will make them a part of the horse racing team. That programme will involve everything from mucking out the stables and getting horses ready on the morning of race days to understanding different race tracks around the country. They will also have to learn how to motivate and manage jockeys. Our celebrities will have to put in the long hours and cold mornings to prove that they are serious about the task in hand.


Stars Go Racing
    RTÉ One, Wednesday, 8.30pm