Air Cargo Quarterly - Famous four-legged friends VIP visitors at Prestwick Freight

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Multi-million thoroughbreds fly in from Chicago
Glasgow Prestwick Freight hosted two VIP visitors recently - top thoroughbred Irish racehorses, Simple Exchange, and Powerscourt.
The two horses, with a combined value of some £6m, flew into the airport on an Air France jumbo jet freighter from Chicago.
After touchdown they were expertly handled through Prestwick’s Border Inspection Post. And after being checked out by a vet to make sure they were fit to travel, they quickly cleared customs and were on their way by road and ferry to their stables in Southern Ireland.
The thoroughbreds were carefully transported in special stalls in the Air France 747 which visits Glasgow Prestwick twice a week with a wide variety of cargo.
The airport has seen a huge range of freight this summer - from John Lennon’s Rolls Royce to Madonna’s stage set for her current worldwide tour.
It currently handles some twenty jumbo jet scheduled freighters every week on behalf of Air France Cargo, Polar Air Cargo, Panalpina World Transport, Cargolux Airlines and British Airways, with a total freight throughput of almost 40,000 tons a year.
Simple Exchange went into the record books last month when he won the $250,000 American Derby at Chicago’s Arlington Park, beating nearest contender Cool Conductor by a neck. He was timed in 1:54.93 for 1 3/16 miles over firm turf, an Arlington record.
Powerscourt was first past the post in the Arlington Million at the same meeting but was disqualified as the famous race ended in controversy. The four-year old, ridden by Jamie Spencer, was alleged to have hampered two horses as he surged into the lead. Although Powerscourt went on to win, he was demoted him to fourth after an inquiry.
Freight Director Stuart Sinclair said, “Prestwick is a European Union-authorized Border Inspection Post for the import of horses, cattle and other animals.
“We can offer overnight stabling and veterinary care, and our reputation is growing worldwide for the safe, expert handling of these multi-million shipments.”

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