Intradco were proud to be involved in the airfreight transport of horses to the Longines Irish Champions Weekend 2016.
This meeting is a spectacular two-day race card featuring ten Group races (Five Group 1 races) run across two legendary Irish racecourses. The flight was arranged, secured and all operational handling and equipment was provided by Intradco.
Two horses & Four Grooms travelled on the morning of the 8th September from Deauville Airport on the coast of Normandy to Dublin. The aircraft was positioned into Deauville the previous day and our specially built stalls were set up on the aircraft and readied for departure by our team of professional flying grooms.
On arrival in Dublin horseboxes were air-side to meet the horses and take them to the racecourse. The aircraft was then secured, re fuelled and parked in Dublin over the weekend and the horses flew back on Sunday 11th from Dublin to Deauville.
The weekend was a huge success and the highlight was a French win in the Irish Champions Stakes (Group 1 – €1,250,000 prize). French raider Almanzor (Jean Claude Rouget) beat off top class rivals including Breeders Cup winner Found (Aiden O’Brien) to close the race by three quarters of a length and bridge a 25 year gap becoming the first French trained winner of this race in a quarter of a century.
Sara Havers who managed the flight said:
“Providing the aircraft and flight operations for such high profile racehorses is always a challenge, every aspect of the shipment was taken care of with great attention to detail. Intradco started the project early in 2016 working with a leading Equine Shipping Agent in Ireland to secure the four year contract with Horse Racing Ireland to provide air charter transport for French trained horses to travel to this highly acclaimed weekend of top class racing.”