Longines day of Racing Elegance: Longines Mackinnon Stakes, Derby Day 3rd November 2012 (Melbourne, Australia)


Melbourne (Australia), Saint-Imier (Switzerland) November 5th 2012 - As Official Timekeeper of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Longines has been partnering with the Victorian Racing Club for more than a decade. A key highlight of Longines’ Carnival program is its sponsorship of the premier Group 1 Race on AAMI Victoria Derby Day, the Longines Mackinnon Stakes. On Saturday South Australia trainer Jake Stephens and his star galloper Alcopop with Jockey, Craig Williams stole their first win at the elite level after winning the $1 million Group 1 Longines Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington. The Longines timepiece trophies were presented by Longines Regional Sales Manager Asia Pacific, Claude Jaunin.

On a picture perfect Saturday, over 98,000 avid race-goers attended Derby Day. The first race meet on the 2012 Melbourne Cup Carnival calendar was a day which saw four Group One races run at Flemington as race-wear fashion competed with thoroughbreds for the crowd’s attention. An undisputed institution of Melbourne Cup Week, ‘Myer Fashions on the Field’ at Flemington has established its place as Australia’s largest and most prestigious outdoor fashion event. In a natural association of fashion and sporting elegance, Claude Jaunin presented the winner of the Longines Award for Elegance, Tanya Lazarou, with a sparkling timepiece of The Longines Saint-Imier Collection. Amelia Michael, Longines Brand Manager Australia also awarded the Men’s Racewear winner, Peter Tran, with the stunning The Longines Single Push-Piece Chronograph from the brand’s 180th Anniversary collection.

The Official Watch of the 2012 Carnival is a chronograph from The Longines Saint-Imier Collection in steel & rose gold. The Saint-Imier collection, named after the village in which Longines originated, is a reflection of 180 years devoted to tradition, elegance and performance, much like that of the auspicious Melbourne Cup Carnival, now 152 years young.

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