Joao Moreira winner of the Longines International Jockeys' Championship (Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Joao Moreira winner of the Longines International Jockeys' Championship with the presence of Aaron Kwok Fu Shing

Hong Kong, 5th December 2012 – Happy Valley Racecourse witnessed great moments both on and off the track this Wednesday. The Longines International Jockeys' Championship saw the victory of Joao Moreira and the night was enlightened by the presence of Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aaron Kwok Fu Shing. A horse owner and racing enthusiast, Aaron Kwok took great pleasure in watching and commenting the races.

At Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong on Wednesday night, Joao Moreira (Singapore) won the Longines International Jockeys' Championship, with 24 points in the 4 race competition, taking home the HK$500,000 first prize as well as a Longines timepiece. Zac Purton (Hong Kong) finished second with 18 points, followed by Ryan Moore (United Kingdom) with 12 points. 12 world-class riders competed in 4 rounds of racing with the jockey accumulating the biggest score as the championship winner. Longines already presented at the beginning of this year another jockey challenge, namely the prestigious Meydan Masters by Longines in Dubai.

Joao Moreira, the winning jockey of the Longines International Jockeys' Championship, has been awarded a Longines timepiece by Mr. Aaron Kwok Fu Shing, Longines Ambassador of Elegance. Moreover, hour glass souvenirs have been given to Zac Purton and Ryan Moore by Mr. Kevin Rollenhagen, Managing Director of The Swatch Group Hong Kong, and Mr. Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President & Head of International Marketing of Longines.

Longines is for the first time the title sponsor and official timekeeper of the “Longines Hong Kong International Races”, one of the most sensational races of the horseracing season in Hong Kong. Longines’ passion for equestrian sport dates back to 1878, when it produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and his mount. Seen on the racetracks in 1881 and extremely popular among jockeys and horse-lovers, this model enabled its user to time performances to the second. It was already being used by most of the sports judges in New York as early as 1886. In 1926 the brand was involved for the first time in the Concours Hippique International Officiel de Genève as timekeeper. Today Longines’ involvement in equestrian sports includes flat racing, show-jumping and endurance competitions. The brand can boast its involvement in some of the most famous flat-racing events in the world, such as the Prix de Diane Longines, the Dubai World Cup, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Royal Ascot, the H.H. The Emir’s Trophy presented by Longines, the Longines Singapore Gold Cup, the Melbourne Cup Carnival, the Gran Premio Longines, the Longines Handicap de las Américas, the Grand Prix Longines Lydia Tesio, the Longines Grosser Preis von Baden and the Kentucky Derby.

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