2016 Longines Hong Kong Races

In life, you are bound to find yourself in moments that will blow you away or leave you breathless; it’s all part of the game. Attending the 2016 Hong Kong International Races was without a doubt one of those ‘moments’.

In partnership with Longines, we’ve put together a snapshot of The Tailored Man experience in Hong Kong, as we settled in for three days in anticipation for the HKD$25,000,000 Longines Hong Kong Cup.

Day 1

Checking in to the Intercontinental Hong Kong after a long flight, Friday morning meant it was time to get up and start preparing for the evening’s 2016 Longines World’s Best Jockey Ceremony & Longines Hong Kong International Races’ Gala Dinner.

With a little down time up our sleeve, we were able to catch up with an old friend – Mr Gumbatron! Known for his knowledge of good coffee in Melbourne, we were curious to test his new home for the last 3 months and see which hidden gems he’d show us.

Needing a few last minute additions before the ceremony, we ventured to The Armoury. The Armoury is widely regarded as the Sartorial benchmark of the world, and it’s easy to see why when you step foot in the door.

A quick caffeine stop at The Cupping Room and it was time to head back to the Intercontinental to gear up for the 2016 Longines World’s Best Jockey ceremony. Suited up in a navy wool/silk Hugo Boss, it was time to head to the Hong Kong Convention Centre for a night to remember.

A ceremony like no other, Longines and the Hong Kong Jockey Club put on a thrilling display, with a combination of tributes and special acts; a truly spectacular event.

But, thrills aside, the one reason we were all gathered there was to witness the announcement of the World’s Best Jockey… Mr. Ryan Moore. Winning a total of 18 group one victories in a single year, this was Ryan’s second time winning the world’s most prestigious award.

Whisked away by a scramble of media, we were honoured to have moment with the man. Congratulations Ryan Moore.

Day 2

The day before the 2016 Hong Kong International Races, it was time to explore the amazing surroundings of Hong Kong city. A bit of fuel to start the day and it was time to hit the road…

Only a short walk up Salisbury Rd to the Star Ferry Pier, we crossed the Victoria Harbor to Wan Chai.

Fresh off the Star Ferry, we explored the streets of Wan Chai to find as many hidden gems as possible.

Day 3

The final day of our whirlwind three-day Hong Kong escape, the day we’d been waiting for, the 2016 Hong Kong International Race Day. Filled with excitement, we made our way to the famous Sha Tin racetrack in what was a day for the history books.

Lucky enough to be apart of the exclusive Longines Hong Kong International Races luncheon, we were treated to an array of delicious food, as well as a cognac and cigar.

The day couldn’t get any better, until we were treated to a truly memorable moment, being invited into the parade ring moments before the Longines Hong Kong Cup. This was an extremely special moment for myself, as an avid horse follower. No words can describe how incredible it was being in the Parade Ring moments before the world’s richest turf race.

If it wasn’t already perfect enough, Ryan Moore (2016 Worlds Best Jockey, pictured above) took out the feature race, riding Maurice in its last start before going to stud. A fitting end to an incredible few days, it was time to add that the the memories and head back to Melbourne.

A big thank you to the team at Longines for the amazing hospitality and incredible experience at the 2016 Longines Hong Kong International Races.

 

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