The China Horse Club is throwing its full support behind Longines and the Singapore Turf Club at Sunday’s Longines Singapore Gold Cup meeting, one of the feature race events in Asia this year.

news_inner22a Singapore Turf Club Chairman Mr Tan Guong Ching (second from right) and Vice President (Operations) Mr Lau Kian Heng (right) with Mr John Warren and Mr Teo Ah Khing

The CHC will be flying in star Australian jockey Tommy Berry to ride three of its stable runners including Tropaios who will contest the $S1.35 million Longines Singapore Gold Cup (2200m), the richest domestic race in Singapore.

Longines is the Official Watch and Partner of the CHC, the Official Timekeeper of the China Equine Cultural Festival (CECF) and the sponsor of the Longines Mile, one of the feature races of the CECF. The industry leading watchmaker is also a wonderful supporter of international thoroughbred racing with Singapore’s event a showpiece on its annual calendar of events.

news_inner22b Presentation ceremony of the Longines Mile

The Singapore Turf Club is a close friend of the CHC and was integral to the success of the inaugural CECF meeting supplying a Clerk of the Scales and steward and supporting the event with senior management and three international standard riders.

news_inner22c Singapore Turf Club Chairman Mr Tan (left) with CHC Chairman Mr Teo Ah Khing

The 2013 CECF was hosted by Hohhot Sports Bureau. The Sports Bureau is a government agency that is directly under the Sports Department of the Central Government overseeing major sporting events throughout the country as well as the sports lotteries.

“Tropaios, Rite of Spring and Arrowhead will all be aimed at the Longines Singapore Gold Cup meeting this weekend. We are very mindful of supporting those who have supported the China Horse Club and who are investing in the future of the industry in China,” Teo Ah Khing, the Chairman of the China Horse Club said.

“Longines and the Singapore Turf Club are world leaders in their respective fields and their efforts to create occasions like the Longines Singapore Gold Cup and the events that surround this race day must be commended.”

Longines Ambassador Aaron Kwok presents the Elegance Award at the 2013 CECF

Singapore is one of the world’s most attractive thoroughbred centres blending a lucrative racing circuit with a cosmopolitan lifestyle. The CHC and its members have tapped into this centre and will continue investing in the region in the coming seasons. Some of this investment has already taken place with a series of quality thoroughbreds being prepared in Australia and New Zealand for the upcoming season.

“Singapore is a strategically important location for the CHC and our wonderful relationship with the Singapore Turf Club only enhances this,” said Eden Harrington, the General Manager of the China Horse Club.

“Our trainer, Michael Freedman, is doing a wonderful job there, it is a short flight from China and our members enjoy the wonderful social attractions, restaurants, hotels and of course great racing.”