LONGINES HONG KONG MASTERS

Win­ning Streak

Hong Kong Tatler - - Faces Soiree -

Asia’s premier showjump­ing event, the Longines Hong Kong Masters, re­turned to the city as part of its three-con­ti­nent se­ries. The sold-out three-day event was one of the hottest tick­ets in town, with nu­mer­ous celebri­ties and so­cialites in at­ten­dance.

The ac­tion got un­der way on the Fri­day evening with rid­ers com­pet­ing for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Tro­phy. Ire­land’s Ber­tram Allen won the ti­tle. The au­di­ence was en­thralled by the nim­ble rid­ers and their ma­jes­tic horses, which usu­ally man­aged to glide fault­lessly over each of the fences.

The Longines Speed Chal­lenge head­lined the com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day, with horses and rid­ers dis­play­ing their power and pre­ci­sion in races against the clock. The ten­sion of the chal­lenge, which Allen also won, gave way to an evening of fes­tiv­i­ties un­der the mu­si­cal mas­tery of French DJ duo Cas­sius, flown in spe­cially to per­form in Hong Kong for the first time. The renowned pair, Philippe Zdar and Boom Bass, had guests danc­ing well into the wee hours.

The cli­max of the com­pe­ti­tion came on Sun­day, with Ger­many’s Marco Kutscher win­ning the Longines Grand Prix and HK$3 mil­lion. In the process, he also be­came the first rider in his­tory to win the ¤250,000 Grand Slam In­door Su­per Bonus for win­ning a se­cond con­sec­u­tive Grand Prix, hav­ing also tri­umphed in the Amer­i­can leg of the se­ries in Oc­to­ber last year.

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