Turf Belle winner is... Bernadette Belle

Turf Belle winner is... Bernadette Belle
Miss Bernadette Belle, winner of Singapore Turf Club's Turf Belle 2014.

You could call her the Belle of the Belle.

Why? Because by strange coincidence, the Singapore Turf Club's Turf Belle 2014 winner is... Bernadette Belle.

That's not the only reason for her claim to the crown.

There is her beauty, obviously.

And there is also her familiarity with horses.

"I used to ride horses back in the Philippines, in the provinces, but I was shocked by how big and well-groomed the ones here are," she said, referring to the racehorses at the Singapore Turf Club (STC).

The 19-year-old undergraduate at a private school beat 12 other finalists to the title on May 16.

Together with first runner-up, model Jen Koh, 28, and second runner-up, student Chanel Jones Lyn, 24, she will be the face of the STC and the month-long Singapore International Racing Festival (SIRF), which ends tomorrow.

They were crowned after completing various rounds, including roadshows at Bugis+ and Jurong Point, a charity fund-raising event selling specially-designed Singapore Airlines International Cup caps, and an online voting segment.

Miss Belle, who has taken part in her school's beauty contest, said: "The good thing about the Turf Belle contest is I don't just learn about beauty and presentation but also about the horse-racing scene and jockeys.

"Because I am representing the sport, it is about something bigger than myself."

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