Glitz and glamour returns to the tracks at the 18th Emirates Singapore Derby

Singapore - The Emirates Singapore Derby is set to return to the race course for another exciting year with a $1.15 million prize money and a twist to its highly anticipated fashion contest this Sunday.

Into its 18th edition, the Derby is the second richest domestic race in Singapore and and forms 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.

The race at Kranji sees Singapore's high society putting on their most glamorous dresses and suits for the iconic horse racing event and to impress a panel of Singapore's fashion experts.

The most stylish guest then gets to win the coveted annual "Best Dressed to theRaces".

For the first time, in a twist to this tradition, guests will be able to have a say on the winner, who will win a trip to Melbourne on Emirates' Business Class seats to attend an exciting day's racing at the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.

Emirates Manager of Singapore and Brunei Mr Nick Rees said the Derby is 'a perfect blend of sports and fashion', and gives them a chance to connect with their customers and fans. It is also a platform for them to give back to the community.

This year, there will be fundraising activities such as pre-sale of donation tables for the HCA Hospice Home Care Service, MINDS Woodlands Employment Development Centre, Rainbow Centre EIPIC @ Margaret Drive, and the AWWA School.

Emirates raised $100,000 for four Voluntary Welfare Organisations under the Community Chest of Singapore at last year's fundraising drive.

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