Our modern-day equestrians may not wear outlaw masks and yell “Hi-Yo, Silver!” on their trusty steeds, well unless you’re The Lone Ranger that is, but that doesn’t mean that horse-racing has become any less glorious and exhilarating a sport.
Come 14 July, the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji will come alive with the festivities of the 18th Emirates Singapore Derby.
Even horses have their warm-ups
And like a true gentleman’s sport, the prize money offered to the victor of the races is of equally noble proportion, held at a whopping figure of $1.15 million, making the 18th Emirates Singapore Derby the second richest domestic race ever organized.
This race also marks the final and longest leg of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge, a series of three races run over varying distances and restricted to four-year-old horses. Don’t worry, these young foals can take it.
Horse and rider gracefully become one
But of course the riders and horses don’t get all the fun. It’s never an equestrian event without the classy glamour associated with equestrian crowds. And we’re not talking about the passionate cheering or throwing down of bets. We’re talking about all those fancy hats.
Keeping with equestrianism tradition, the 18th Emirates Singapore Derby will be celebrating this fashion phenomenon with the Derby day fashion contest.
Not only will guests be treated to this iconic fashion spectacle, they are also encouraged to dress themselves up for the occasion in their finest dresses, suits, and decorative hats.
And from those who are game enough to accept the challenge, a panel of Singapore’s fashion experts will pick their favourite and award him or her with the “Best Dressed to the Races” title.
The best dressed winner will receive a free trip to Melbourne to attend the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington, including a pair of Emirates return business class tickets and accommodation at the five-star Crown Metropol Hotel.
Anyone can win at the races
The 18th Emirates Singapore Derby also aims to do its part for charity, by raising funds for various voluntary welfare organisations around Singapore including the HCA Hospice Home Care Service, and MINDS Woodlands Employment Development Centre.
Guests may contribute to this worthy cause through the pre-sale of booking tables, as well as outright donations. So don’t spend everything on the bookies if you don’t have to, leave some for charity!
The Emirates Singapore Derby raised an impressive sum of $100,000 at last year’s Derby event, and hopes to continue lending a helping hand (or hoof) to the local community.
Scenes from last year's race
So if you love horses and the excitement of races, and wish to do your bit for charity while wearing an extravagant hat, then trot your way to the 18th Emirates Singapore Derby!
The 18th Emirates Singapore Derby | Date: 14 Jul, Sunday | Time: 12pm | Venue: Singapore Turf Club, 1 Turf Club Avenue | Tickets: $88 from http://www.derby.sg/tickets.html