Horse racing


Our growing portfolio in the sport of kings

With an extensive and vast presence in horse racing, Emirates has key relationships with carnivals, governing bodies, stables and marquee races.

Emirates has been synonymous with the sport of kings for many years and Horse Racing now forms an important part of our sponsorship portfolio. As a true enthusiast of the sport, Emirates is today involved in some of the biggest carnivals and races around the world including the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Dubai World Cup, the Dubai World Cup Carnival and the Singapore Derby.

Emirates is also a proud partner of the internationally renowned Godolphin Stable which is the Maktoum family's private horseracing stable.



Carnivals form an important part of Emirates' presence in horse racing, it has developed partnerships with such events as the Melbourne Cup Carnival and the Dubai World Cup.

Dubai World Cup Carnival

Emirates is the official airline of the Dubai World Cup Carnival which culminates with the world’s richest horse race – the Dubai World Cup. The Carnival runs from January through March each year at the prestigious Meydan Racecourse, designed to host world-class horse racing, with each night of racing featuring different events. On the penultimate day of racing, known as Super Saturday, Emirates partners with Meydan in sponsoring this stellar night of prep races for many of the horses looking to compete in the Dubai World Cup.

Melbourne Cup Carnival

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is an unequalled world-class event that encompasses the finest racing, entertainment, fashion, culture, food and wine all in one place – Flemington. The four-day Carnival is unrivalled in its prestige and tradition and is the social occasion of the year.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival attracts more than 300,000 racegoers on track to Flemington over the four-day Carnival. The AUD 6.175 million Emirates Melbourne Cup is the richest handicap race in the world. Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, the feature day of the Carnival, was attended by 106,000 racegoers in 2013.

In 2013, Emirates and the VRC celebrated 10 years of naming rights of the Emirates Melbourne Cup. Emirates has been synonymous with horse racing for many years and it now forms an important part of our sponsorship portfolio. See also Races and Stables.



Emirates sponsors an impressive portfolio of races across the globe including the world renowned Melbourne Cup.

Dubai World Cup

As title sponsor, Emirates has assisted the Dubai World Cup in becoming one of the world’s top racing challenges, and has drawn the attention of millions of enthusiasts around the globe. The meeting, traditionally takes place on the last Saturday of March and is worth a staggering USD 27.25 million. It is not just about the world’s richest race as the entire nine-race programme features the greatest names in racing and the sport’s brightest stars. Welcoming over 80,000 race-goers to the event, the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates airline captivates a world audience and is one of the region’s leading sporting events.

Emirates Melbourne Cup

Emirates is title sponsor of the Emirates Melbourne Cup until 2015. Billed as The Race That Stops a Nation™, the Emirates Melbourne Cup is generally regarded as the most prestigious "two-mile" handicap in the world with prize money of over AUD 6,000,000. Three-year-olds and over compete, covering a distance of 3,200 metres. The event is held on the first Tuesday of November at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne and is attended by approximately 100,000 visitors each year.

Emirates Singapore Derby

The Emirates Singapore Derby, one of the most watched races in the region with a prize pool of $1.15million, is held annually at the Singapore Racecourse every mid July. The long-established partnership between Emirates and the Singapore Turf Club will continue to help bring Singapore's equestrian sport to new heights. Emirates and horse racing have been synonymous for a number of years and it now forms an important part of our sponsorship portfolio. See also Carnivals and Stables.



Emirates’ partnership with Godolphin has helped turn the Dubai-based horseracing stable into a world-beater.

As strong supporters of sport in Dubai, Emirates is proud to partner with Godolphin, the global horseracing entity owned by the Maktoum family and named in honour of the Godolphin Arabian, who emerged from the desert to become one of the three founding stallions of the modern thoroughbred.

Godolphin, established in 1992, has a reputation of excellence and has become the world’s foremost international racing organisation, winning over 250 Group One races in 12 different countries.

Dubai is Godolphin’s headquarters and horses spend the winter in the emirate. During the summer months, the horses are trained at state-of-the-art facilities in Newmarket, England, by trainers Saeed bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby. Godolphin also has a large training operation in Australia, led by trainer James Cummings.

Andre Fabre prepares Godolphin runners from his yard at Chantilly, France, while Godolphin also has horses with additional trainers in England, Ireland, France and USA.

As part of Emirates’ sponsorship agreement with Godolphin, the ‘Fly Emirates’ logo is displayed on Godolphin’s famous blue silks alongside staff clothing, horse blankets and transport vehicles.

Emirates has been synonymous with horseracing for many years and the sport forms an important part of our sponsorship portfolio. See also Carnivals and Races.

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