Emirates SkyCargo has flown home – Cross Counter – the winner of Australia’s biggest horse race the Melbourne Cup which was held on 6 November.
Following the race victory, the three-year-old horse who hails from the stables of Godolphin, was transported from Melbourne to Dubai on a Boeing 777 Freighter aircraft on 11 November.
Cross Counter flew in from Melbourne along with seven other horses from the Godolphin stables – Folkswood, Benbatl, Blair House, Emotionless, Comicas, Best Solution and Prize Money.
Emirates divisional vice president for cargo, Nabil Sultan said: “We would like to congratulate His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Godolphin on their historic victory at one of the world’s most prestigious horse racing events.
“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.”
Emirates SkyCargo has developed Emirates Equine, a specialised air transportation solution for horses which ensures that four legged champions can travel in an environment designed to maximise comfort and safety.
To maximise the care and attention given to horses during the flight, all of Emirates SkyCargo’s Boeing 777F aircraft have provision for qualified horse grooms and vets to travel with the horses. This allows them to regularly check on the welfare of the horses in the aircraft.