The Race That Stops a Nation returned to Singapore on Tuesday 5 November when a spirited crowd of over 400 joined in the festivities at The Singapore Turf Club to see Vow and Declare nose past the winner’s post in a thrilling finish.

All the buzz of Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse was recreated in a beautifully decorated room, overlooking the lush green racecourse. Guests placed live bets on the races, with big screens beaming all the action from Flemington in Melbourne. Patrick Taylor and the Secret Men’s Business blokes presided over the sweeps, with punters keen for a flutter on the big race.

A charity prize draw with incredible holiday giveaways raised money for Riding for the Disabled, Singapore, and the upkeep of ANZA Action sponsored therapy horse, Kodi. We are thrilled to have reached our fundraising target this year, keeping Kodi in action for 2020. It was a day of wins with the Currency Fair Spin the Travel Wheel sending guests off to luxurious holidays around South East Asia, ArtWorks gifting one lucky guest an eye-catching artwork, and QV leaving surprise skincare packs under each table. Of course, The Cup is all about fun photo opps, and the ArtWorks photo booth had plenty of posers taking away their happy snaps as mementos of the day.

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The Pavilions Hotels and Resorts’ Fashions of the Field was fiercely contested, with onlookers noting the high standard and creativity of the outfits and millinery this year. Judges Nick Oxborrow, Megan Kinder and Stacey Halliwell presided over the awards, handing out enviable holidays to Pavilion’s Phuket, Bali and Himalayas. And the winners were…

Ms Melbourne Cup: Katie Dunston was the belle of race day in a classic pale blue and floral dress and retro millenary.
Mr Melbourne Cup: Rick Pratt looked dapper in navy tails.
Best Millinery: Lynne Chao, unforgettable with her red bowl of blooms.
People’s Choice: Madeline Critchley

The party didn’t stop when the races ended, with an afterparty kicking on at Bar Rouge at Swissotel, The Stamford. Revelries lasted well into the night. Huge thanks to all our hard-working volunteers, especially the Busy Bees and Mike Sabey who worked so hard on the equine-themed decorations… see you next year!