Kiwi supermodel Kylie Bax out to boost horse racing in Singapore

Kiwi supermodel Kylie Bax out to boost horse racing in Singapore
Model and horse breeder, Kylie Bax.

With 12 wins in a row, he shares the record for the most number of victories at Singapore Turf Club and not surprisingly is billed as a legend, after retiring in 2012.

Aptly named Better Than Ever, the gelding won more than $2 million in stake money, and deservingly, his owner, businessman and Singapore Athletics chief Tang Weng Fei described him as "the best racehorse I ever owned in my 30 years in the sport".

That success story, among many others, convinced Kylie Bax, partner of Blandford Lodge, the New Zealand horse-breeding facility that bred Better Than Ever, to set her sights on expanding their influence in Singapore.

Speaking to The New Paper at the Singapore Turf Club at Kranji yesterday, the Kiwi supermodel (right) said: "Singapore is a young fresh market that is open to options, and it's exciting.

PASSIONATE

"People here are extremely passionate about their horses like in New Zealand. New Zealand is a fantastic place to breed horses, Australia is a fantastic place to race horses because of the turnover, and it's the same with Singapore.

"Today, it's easy to travel and take a horse to Ascot (United Kingdom), here or Hong Kong.

"(With technological advancement) The world today is getting smaller, so it's easy to take horses to different countries, so I see myself doing a lot more business with Singapore from New Zealand."

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Ambassador Bax will be hosting Midnight at Ascot at Fairmont Singapore on July 25, and the evening will showcase the "live" and exclusive screening of the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Race taking place at Ascot.

Early-bird tables are available for $2,300, while VIP tickets are priced at $500 per person. Tickets are available at www.showbizasia.com.

Bax, 40, has been invited to host the event by Wade Burridge, managing director of Premier Racing Partnerships and organisers of the Midnight at Ascot event.

He said: "Singapore has one of the best platforms for horse ownership and racing to flourish.

"Singapore is extremely relevant and important in the Australian and New Zealand horse breeding industry. Our focus is to really hype up these exciting times."

In the first quarter this year, Premier Racing Partnerships initiated 150 new horse owners in the race community - a clear sign that the quality of racing and trainers, the state-of-the-art facilities at The Singapore Turf Club and faster return on investment are attracting more people to the sport.

"Horse racing is the most fashionable thing to do at the moment," said Bax.

"It's really gaining momentum, especially on the syndication side.

You can have one per cent or 100 per cent ownership of a horse and still call it my horse, and enjoy those moments with your friends and family.

"You can meet people from all walks of life. It's a fantastic way to enjoy racing.

"It's taken hold not just in New Zealand and Australia, but with Wade here, it's also taking hold in Singapore.

"It's a new wave, it's a new generation, it's a new way to enjoy life and stay connected."

davidlee@sph.com.sg

 


This article was first published on June 19, 2015.
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