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BMW HK to sponsor the Hong Kong Derby 2013

14/11/2012

The Hong Kong Jockey Club today (14 November) announced a five-year partnership with BMW Concessionaires (HK) Ltd, which becomes the title sponsor of the HKG1 BMW Hong Kong Derby starting from 2013.

The 2013 edition of the BMW Hong Kong Derby on Sunday, 17 March carries lucrative prize money of HK$16 million.  It is one of the most valuable Derbies in the world outstripping both the famous Kentucky Derby and the historic English original, the Epsom Derby.

“We’re delighted to enter this new 5-year partnership with BMW HK,” said Mr Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chief Executive Officer of The Hong Kong Jockey Club. “The Hong Kong Derby embodies the dynamism that makes horseracing such a compelling sporting occasion. That dynamism is reflected in BMW, a competitive force renowned for its speed, power and all-round high-performance. Those attributes are at the core of Hong Kong horseracing and apply perfectly to this unique race. Both BMW and the Derby have strong appeal to customers with a competitive edge and a dynamic lifestyle, making this partnership an ideal fit – one that will augment the race’s prestige status and drive it to new levels.”

“The history of the brand name BMW goes back only to 1917, so the Hong Kong Derby itself is even older than BMW.  From the very beginning, starting with aircraft engines, motorcycles and automobiles, BMW has delivered outstanding performance and customer experience. A perfect match for the world of horse racing,” said Mr. Linus Schmekel, General Manager of BMW Group, Importer Office Hong Kong and Macau.

“The Hong Kong Jockey Club is surely an excellent partner to work with.  It is the world leader from Hong Kong, providing sporting and horse racing entertainment.  It is also the largest private donor of charity funds.  After two years’ of remarkable success in our collaboration of the BMW Champions Mile, the upcoming BMW Hong Kong Derby will mark another important milestone in further escalating our partnership with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, “ said Mr. Newman Tsang, Managing Director, Hong Kong Division of BMW Concessionaires (HK) Ltd.

The BMW Hong Kong Derby is contested exclusively by the very best of Hong Kong’s four-year-old horses and is as such a once-in-a-lifetime race that every owner, trainer and jockey desires to win. The event has an ascendant profile on the world stage thanks to the star quality of its recent winners, among them the brilliant Ambitious Dragon, who has twice been crowned Hong Kong Horse of the Year since winning the 2011 renewal of the Hong Kong Derby. The brilliant champion has now won five G1/HKG1 races, each time displaying acceleration in keeping with BMW’s famed 8-cylinder turbo engines.

Hong Kong Derby has a long and important heritage. First staged at Happy Valley Racecourse in 1873, the classic is nowadays contested over 2,000m at Hong Kong’s flagship Sha Tin Racecourse.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Founded in 1884, The Hong Kong Jockey Club is not only one of the world's leading horse racing organisations but also a world top 15 charitable organisation and Hong Kong’s largest community contributor, donating HK$1.7 billion in 2012. It is also a major taxpayer, Hong Kong's single largest by far, generating over HK$16 billion a year for public funds. The Club pioneers technology applications for sporting and betting entertainment, striving for the highest levels of customer service. As a membership club, it is recognised as one of Asia’s most prestigious, with more than 23,000 members. These multifaceted roles make it a well-respected and remarkable organisation, dedicated to its mission of enhancing the quality of life for all Hong Kong people.

The BMW Group

The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 29 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

The BMW Group wins numerous design awards in international automobile competitions including The Automotive Brand Contest 2012 organized by German Design Council and Engine of the Year 2012. At 31 December 2011, the BMW Group had a workforce of approximately 100,000 employees, bringing a varities of high quality automobiles to us.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last seven years since 2005.

Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of HKJC delivers a welcome speech at the press conference.
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Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of HKJC delivers a welcome speech at the press conference.

Mr Newman Tsang, Managing Director ˇV Hong Kong Division of BMW Concessionaires (HK) Ltd delivers a speech at the press conference.
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Mr Newman Tsang, Managing Director ˇV Hong Kong Division of BMW Concessionaires (HK) Ltd delivers a speech at the press conference.

Mr Linus Schmekel, General Manager of BMW Group, Importer Office Hong Kong and Macau delivers a speech at the press conference.
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Mr Linus Schmekel, General Manager of BMW Group, Importer Office Hong Kong and Macau delivers a speech at the press conference.

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Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges and Mr Newman Tsang officiate at the contract signing ceremony of the 5-year partnership for BMW Hong Kong Derby.
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Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges and Mr Newman Tsang officiate at the contract signing ceremony of the 5-year partnership for BMW Hong Kong Derby.


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Officiating guests unveil the themed horse statue for the BMW Hong Kong Derby event theme.  From left:<br>
Mr Edmond Kwok, Managing Director ˇV BMW Division of Sime Darby Motor Group (HK) Limited<br>
Mr Linus Schmekel, General Manager of BMW Group, Importer Office Hong Kong and Macau<br>
Mr Newman Tsang, Managing Director ˇV Hong Kong Division of BMW Concessionaires (HK) Ltd<br>
Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of HKJC<br>
Mr William A Nader, Executive Director, Racing of HKJC<br>
Mr Richard Cheung, Executive Director, Customer & Marketing of HKJC
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Officiating guests unveil the themed horse statue for the BMW Hong Kong Derby event theme. From left:
Mr Edmond Kwok, Managing Director ˇV BMW Division of Sime Darby Motor Group (HK) Limited
Mr Linus Schmekel, General Manager of BMW Group, Importer Office Hong Kong and Macau
Mr Newman Tsang, Managing Director ˇV Hong Kong Division of BMW Concessionaires (HK) Ltd
Mr Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of HKJC
Mr William A Nader, Executive Director, Racing of HKJC
Mr Richard Cheung, Executive Director, Customer & Marketing of HKJC

Celebrity guest Ekin Cheng arrives in style on-board the newly launched BMW M6 convertible.
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Celebrity guest Ekin Cheng arrives in style on-board the newly launched BMW M6 convertible.

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Ekin Cheng and Jockey Matthew Chadwick challenge each other at the ˇ§Be a Jockeyˇ¨ TV game session.  Before the game starts, Matthew Chadwick provides tips on how to ride a horse.
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Ekin Cheng and Jockey Matthew Chadwick challenge each other at the ˇ§Be a Jockeyˇ¨ TV game session. Before the game starts, Matthew Chadwick provides tips on how to ride a horse.


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Officiating guests toast to the success of BMW Hong Kong Derby at the press conference.
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Officiating guests toast to the success of BMW Hong Kong Derby at the press conference.

BMW Hong Kong Derby event logo
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BMW Hong Kong Derby event logo

 

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