SINGAPORE - Since 2002, Emirates Singapore Derby Day has not been just about glitz and glamour. The occasion has also been used as a platform to do its part for the local community, through various innovative fund-raising initiatives.
This year, Emirates helped raise $68,000 for four voluntary welfare organisations under the umbrella of the Community Chest of Singapore, namely the HCA Hospice Care, Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore, Rainbow Centre, and the Asian Women's Welfare Association. Fundraising activities included the pre-sale of donation tables and outright donations.
"Since the 8th Emirates Singapore Derby, we have used the event as a platform to come together with our most valued customers and partners, and lend a helping hand to those in need," said Emirates' manager for Singapore and Brunei, Nick Rees on Sunday.
"We would like to extend our warmest appreciation to our supportive guests and donors who have made this possible."
About 350 guests attended Sunday's time-honoured classic on the Singapore horse racing calendar. The race was won by the Hideyui Takaoka-trained Better Life, who was ridden to perfection by the champion mare's regular jockey Alan Munro.
While the Emirates Singapore Derby may be well known for its thrilling on-track racing action, it has also come to epitomise timeless and elegant racing fashion in Singapore.
In true Derby fun and tradition, guests came stylishly and impeccably dressed, complemented with chic yet inimitable accessories to impress the judging panel for a chance to win the coveted title of "Best Dressed to the Races".
For the first time, Sunday's guests also cast their votes to determine the best dressed guest at the event.