Dester Singapore Gold Cup 2017!

The stage was set for Dester Singapore Gold Cup – the most prestigious and richest race in Singapore – on Sunday, 12 November 2017. The $1.35 million Group 1 race over 2,200m concluded the Singapore Triple Crown Series after the running of the first two Legs in the Panasonic Kranji Mile and the Raffles Cup.

The Gold Cup festivities commenced with a public roadshow at lifestyle and family shopping mall Westgate on 28 and 29 October 2017; followed by the Post Position Draw held at Clarke Quay on the evening of Wednesday, 8 November 2017 which I will be sharing on  the Part 2 of the blog.

“As the crown jewel of the Singapore Group 1 races, the Dester Singapore Gold Cup is the most coveted trophy by our racing connections and Singapore Turf Club is delighted to partner with Lubritrade once again to present a show-stopping race to the racing community. Lubritrade, the owner of Dester 100% Malt, has always been a strong supporter of Singapore racing, having been the title sponsor of the Singapore 3-Year-Old Sprint prior to the Gold Cup, and we hope to continue this valued partnership well into the years ahead,” said Mr Simon Leong, Senior Vice President (Wagering), Singapore Turf Club.

The lovely corner was setup all for the Shanghai wave displaying the Dester range of beer.

I was seated at the lucky number media table 28! Huat ah!

My little Dester pack to bring back to try.

The nolatagic setup proved too much to resist without any photos… How do I look?

We were the Shanghai gang! Do we look cool enough?
From left: Mr. Yeo Hong Peng (Bachelor), Ms. Gladys Loh (Marketing Manager, MDIS) and Mr. Dominic Leong ,Assistant Manager (Racing Information & Liaison)

When the excitement of the races proved too much, a glass of wine with a fantastic view of the green racecourse never fail to be therapeutic.

On Gold Cup day, the Dester Singapore Marquee Package is available for those who wish to indulge in a day of exciting action on and off the tracks. Package holders will be treated to a sumptuous lunch buffet spread, complete with free flow of beverages and a vantage view of the pulsating racing action on the turf.

Besides the exciting on-track action, package holders enjoyed fringe activities specially lined up within the Marquee. Guests be entertained by an array of activities, such as live musical performances, complimentary head and neck massages and the Beer Drinking Competition, a perennial crowd favourite.

For an extra dose of star power, popular members of the cast from the hit movie franchise “Ah Boys To Men 4”, including Tosh Zhang*, Maxi Lim* and Noah Yap* made a special appearance at the Singapore Racecourse on Gold Cup day.

We proceed to the parade ring only accessible to the horse owners and their guests to view the horses before the race starts. I could see the proud horse owners anticipating for the best performance from their stead. This was the place where the best groomed horse are being evaluated as well.

From left to right: Mr Ow Yeow Bung (General Manager, Lubritrade Trading Pte Ltd), Mr. Tan Kuo Ping (Head, Racing Information and Liaison), Mr. Lim Siah Mong (Managing Director, Lubritrade Trading Pte Ltd) and Mr. Alan Ow (Vice President, Hospitality)

From left: Mr. Steven Tan (Assistant Vice President, Racing Operations), Mr. Bart Vanders (Racing Specialist, HKJC), Mr. Anthony Lim (Racing Specialist, HKJC), Mr. Yeo Hong Peng (Bachelor), Ms. Gladys Loh (Marketing Manager, MDIS) and Mr. Tan Kuo Ping (Head, Racing Information and Liaison).

Next was to proceed to where the action would be! The Grandstand! This was not my first experience here but this place never fails to drive my adrenaline up.

Selfies were inevitable. Lol! Thank you Mr. Tan Kuo Ping (Head, Racing Information and Liaison) for being so obliging.

Gilt Complex (Michael Rodd, on the inside) denies Bahana (William Pike) by a nose in the Dester
Singapore Gold Cup. 

Credits: Singapore Turf Club

From left: Mr Lim Joo Boon (Chairman, Singapore Turf Club), Mr Lim Siah Mong (Managing Director, Lubritrade Trading Pte Ltd), Mr Fong Heng Boo (Committee Member, Singapore Turf Club), owner Trish Dunell, trainer Cliff Brown, and jockey Michael Rodd.

The Dester Singapore Gold Cup 2017 race was telecast ‘live’ on Channel NewsAsia,
Eleven Sports Network & Hub Sports Arena from 4.45pm onwards.

I was coincidentally mentioned as one of the ladies who dressed up for the event. With me from left to right: Mr Ow Yeow Bung (General Manager, Lubritrade Trading Pte Ltd) and Mr. Tan Kuo Ping (Head, Racing Information and Liaison).

Post Position Draw
Sport fans and members of the public can join the racing fraternity at the Post Position Draw to get first-hand information about the starting positions of the runners for the Dester Singapore Gold Cup race. The Draw will be held on Wednesday, 8 November 2017 at the Fountain Square at Clarke Quay from 8pm. It is open to all and visitors are welcome to witness the Draw, as well as enjoy exclusive music performances by talented local acts ShiLi & Adi and MICappella.

Mr Ow Yeow Bung, General Manager of Lubritrade Distribution Pte Ltd, said, “For a second
consecutive year since 2016, Dester 100% Malt Beer by Lubritrade is truly honoured to be the title sponsor for the Singapore Gold Cup held on the 12 November 2017 at the Singapore Turf Club. The Singapore Gold Cup is the richest race on the Singapore racing calendar with a history dating back to 1924. This alliance has elevated our brand image and helped further our penetration into new segments of the local market. The Dester team looks forward to the on-going collaboration with the Singapore Turf Club.”

With Mr. Tan Kuo Ping (Head, Racing Information and Liaison).

With the ever friendly Mr. Dominic Leong ,Assistant Manager (Racing Information & Liaison)

Thank you dear sis Debra Teng (artiste) for coming by with me for the event.

Happy to enjoy the music performances by talented local acts ShiLi & Adi!

Here’s all I have for the Dester Singapore Gold Cup 2017 with all the fun, excitement and glamour! Can’t wait for next year!

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Celestia Faith Chong

A blessed single mom of three kids, Celestia came from a humble background with a roller coaster life journey. Single-handedly, she overcame the challenging hurdles and strived for success.