Singapore / Saint-Imier (Switzerland), 18 November 2013 – Longines Singapore Gold Cup 2013 returned for its fourth edition with Mr. S.R Nathan, former Singapore President, as the guest-of-honour. This year marks the renewal of the partnership between Longines and Singapore Turf Club for the Singapore Gold Cup. As the official partner and timekeeper of Singapore Turf Club, Longines hosted a charity luncheon in conjunction with the Longines Singapore Gold Cup. A total of S$374,483 was raised for Community Chest.
With a S$1.35 million prize purse, the Longines Singapore Gold Cup is one of the most prestigious races in the region. Tropaios and jockey Tommy Berry were the first to dash past the finishing line, joining the realms of local racing legends immortalized by their triumphs in the high profile race. Longines timepieces from the Conquest Classic Collection were also awarded to the winning jockey, Mr. Tommy Berry, the trainer, Mr. Michael Freedman and owner, the China Horse Club respectively to recognize their merits.
Longines continued the tradition of designating the Longines Singapore Gold Cup day as an annual Charity Race Day since they took on the title partnership in 2010. This year, Longines has pledged the total amount raised during this luncheon to the Community Chest, which supports 83 charitable organisations to help over 300,000 people.
Items that were auctioned off included a variation of hand-blown colored glass horses and a limited edition watch from La Grande Classique de Longines donated by Longines. Award-winning Cultural Medallion Artist, Mr. Ong Kim Seng, contributed a watercolour painting and Singapore Turf Club also chipped in with an exclusive usage of their corporate box where guests can enjoy a private view of the racing action.
“Longines is honoured to be partner of the Singapore Turf Club and to present the Longines Singapore Gold Cup for the fourth time. This event and the charity activities connected with it are totally in line with our core values of tradition, elegance and performance” commented Mr. Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice-President of Longines and Head of International Marketing.
Longines recently launched the Conquest Classic series in Singapore, a timeless collection for the world of horse-racing to be worn amidst the excitement of the parade rings. Conquest Classic is a tribute to the chronographs produced from 1881 on for race-goers and jockeys in New York. True to the brand’s values of elegance, tradition and performance, this new collection of models, all fitted with self-winding calibres, is at the same time totally contemporary and perfectly timeless.
Longines Singapore Gold Cup
Longines has been the Singapore Gold Cup title partner since 2009. Longines’ passion for horses began with the manufacturing of a pocket chronograph depicting a jockey and his mount, engraved by hand on the back of the case. Since 1881, Longines is committed to horseracing and its chronographs have been highly sought after by race-goers ever since. The brand today is official partner and timekeeper to numerous prestigious events around the world embracing horse racing, show jumping and endurance riding. Alongside the Longines Singapore Gold Cup, it is affiliated to other iconic Group 1 races.
For more information, visit www.goldcup.sg
Longines has been based at Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832. Its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. Longines has generations of experience as official timekeeper of world championships and as partner of international sports federations. Known for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of the Swatch Group Ltd, the World’s leading manufacturer of horological products. With the winged hourglass as its emblem, the brand has outlets in over 130 countries.
For more information, visit www.longines.com
About Singapore Turf Club
Singapore Turf Club is the only horse racing club and authorised totalisator operator of horse racing services in Singapore. Founded in 1842 as the Singapore Sporting Club, it was renamed in 1924 as the Singapore Turf Club and is a proprietary club of the Singapore Tote Board. With over 170 years of horse racing history, Singapore Turf Club today provides the public with world class horse racing sports entertainment and is home to the prestigious Singapore Airlines International Cup. It also operates the Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre, a 3-hectare site next to the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji, with world-class riding arenas. Together with the Tote Board, gaming surpluses generated from the sport of horseracing have been contributed by the Singapore Turf Club towards serving society and supporting the community.
For more information, visit www.turfclub.com.sg
About Community Chest of Singapore
Community Chest raises funds on a yearly basis to meet the needs of the social service programmes we help support. Community Chest ensures that the fund-raising and other operating costs are kept to a minimum. As these costs are covered mainly by Tote Board and Singapore Pools (Private) Limited, every dollar raised by Community Chest will be made available to social service programmes under its care.
For more information, visit www.comchest.sg
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