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29 April 2012

Featured: The Queen Elizabeth II Cup @ Singapore Turf Club

Last weekend I attended The Queen Elizabeth II Cup event at Singapore Turf Club.
It was my second time visiting Singapore Turf Club and it was still as fun as ever!

Brought my race hat along..
In case if you missed it, here's the blog post;

The event was held at Marquee.
A spacious space for those who wants to enjoy both food, entertainment and races..

It was a night full of races, food and fun!
Sumptuous International cuisine buffet and
free flow of peking duck filled my stomach that night!

Drinkdings Mobile Bar!

Free flow of colorful cocktails for you too!

A picture with the gorgeous lady, Regina.
I felt under-dressed standing beside her.
I was extremely busy that day that didn't have the time to put more effort on my attire.

Btw, she was one of the contestant for the Hats on Tracks contest too!
Winner of "Hats on Tracks" contest gets a Prada Bag!
I left earlier that day so I am not sure who was the winner of the contest.

There's a lady luck draw too!

Queen Elizabeth II Cup Lady Luck Draw
1st prize: Gucci Wallet + Horseshoe Charm + $1000 cash
2nd prize: Burberry Wristlet + Horseshoe charm + $500 cash
3rd prize: Kate Spade Tote + $200 cash

 Here's the main point of today's blog post.

Press Release

Evergreen Waikato lands QEII Cup
Craig Brennan

Evergreen galloper Waikato has emerged as the top local hope for next month’s Singapore Airlines International Cup with a brave victory in the Group 2 $350,000 Queen Elizabeth II Cup over 2000m on Friday night.
The rising nine-year-old has showed that he has lost none of his zest for racing with a hard fought victory.Sent off the $15 favourite, Waikato, ridden by Joao Moreira, scored by a length over New Rose Wood (Danny Beasley) with Flax (Jose Verenzuela) a half-length away third.

Waikato (Joao Moreira) lands the Queen Elizabeth II Cup to bring up his 19th success on Friday night.Waikato ran the 2000m journey in 2min 05.53 secs, more than six seconds outside the course record set by Gloria De Campeao in winning the 2009 SIA Cup.

Moreira had Waikato settled in fifth position in the early stages of the race behind the pace that was set by Clint (Stephen Baster) with Rafaga (Saimee Jumaat) and Flax next in line.
Going down the back straight Clint opened up a two to three length advantage before Verenzuela decided to edge forward on Flax and from the 800m mark he was eyeballing the leader.
Rounding the turn Flax took over as Clint began to weaken but before this Moreira had taken himself away from the fence and was beginning a move out three wide.

Soon after straightening Moreira asked Waikato to sprint and the eight-year-old quickly put the issue beyond doubt as he opened up a two length lead over Flax who was chasing hard, but it was left to New Rose Wood to come out of the pack and close on the winner to provide her connections with yet another placing in a feature event.

Trainer Laurie Laxon, who also owns the gelding, is amazed with Waikato’s exploits after he was restricted early in his career to sprint trips before the master New Zealander stepped him up to 2000m, finishing fourth and third respectively at the last two SIA Cups.

The winning team behind Waikato (from left): jockey Joao Moreira, trainer Laurie Laxon andstable supervisor Shane Ellis.

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