Melbourne Cup winner flies with Emirates SkyCargo

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Emirates SkyCargo has transported three-year-old horse Cross Counter to Dubai having won the 158th edition of the Melbourne Cup, Australia’s biggest horse racing event.

Following the event, commonly referred to as the race that stops a nation, Emirates SkyCargo transported the champion horse from Melbourne to Dubai on board a Boeing 777 Freighter on 11 November.

Cross Counter flew along side seven other horses from the Godolphin stables – Folkswood, Benbati, Blair House, Emotionless, Comicas, Best Solution and Prize Money.

Emirates divisional vice president for cargo, Nabil Sultan says: “Emirates SkyCargo is proud to have flown Cross Counter to Dubai. We give the highest level attention to detail for the welfare of the horses and strive to create a peaceful and comfortable ambience on our flights allowing the equine champions to hit the ground running.”

Godolphin trainer, Charlie Appleby says: “Cross Counter is now back home in Dubai, following a smooth journey from Australia, where he’ll enjoy a well-deserved rest. Thank you to all of the team at Emirates SkyCargo for their care and attention in transporting our equine stars around the world.”

Emirates SkyCargo has developed Emirates Equine, a specialist service for horses to ensure they travel in an environment designed to maximise comfort and safety.

The airline has also invested in facilities including a horse lounge and ramp at Dubai World Central to minimise the chances of stress and injury to the animal during the loading process.

Expert load masters oversee the loading of horses into the freighter aircraft and Emirates works with reputed horse transportation companies such as Janah Management to offer end-to-end services.