The Fifth British Polo Day Singapore
Celebrates a Half-Decade of Unity between Britain and Singapore
The 5th British Polo Day Singapore 2016 took place on Saturday, 5th November 2016.
British Polo Day’s Global Series – presented by RJI Capital – returned to the Singapore Polo Club for the fifth time. Over 20 leading global brands sup some 240 guests and VIPs including Vinod Kumar, Iqbal Jumabhoy, Keith Bristow and Torquhil Campbell, The 13th Duke of Argyll, came together to celebrate the best of British craft and heritage.
This year, British Polo Day Singapore 2016 was preceded by a two-day itinerary of specially curated events aligned with the brand’s positioning as a unique global business platform – debuting with the launch party of Hôtel Vagabond, followed by polo clinics led by Malcolm Borwick, one of the UK’s top polo players, a Royal Salute Whisky tasting and an exclusive Royal Salute dinner hosted on Sentosa Island, residence of entrepreneur Carmen Benitez, where guests toasted yet another distinguished event on the Little Red Dot.
The day got off to a splendid start with the Brompton Bicycle Polo exhibition match as guests and VIPs enjoyed a pitch-side Champange Taittinger Reception, followed by a sit-down lunch catered by the Mandarin Oriental. Following the 13th Duke of Argyll, Torquhil Campbell’s toast to the rival teams – a traditional Quaich Experience with the skillfully crafted and timeless Scotch whisky, Royal Salute 21 Year Old – the British Polo Day players took to the field with their ponies for the official Opening Ceremony led by the impressive Bentley Bentaygas.
With top players including Malcolm Borwick and Sattar Khan representing the RJI Capital Singapore Polo Club I, Royal Salute British Schools, Charles Russell Speechlys Rest of the World and Bentley Singapore Polo Club II teams, there was tough competition for a spot on the British Polo Day prize giving podium. At the end of the spirited battles, the RJI Capital Singapore Polo Club I team collected the RJI Capital Plate, while the Bentley Singapore Polo Club II team claimed the Bentley Cup.
Commenting on British Polo Day Singapore, CEO Edward Olver said:“Singapore affirms itself as the perfect location for the British Polo Day proposition, remaining relevant in this BREXIT environment. The nation’s position as a powerful and dominant economic hub in South East Asia is the driving force of many businesses and where companies, our partners included, are continuing to focus its resources on.”
Keith Bristow, Senior Advisor to Arcanum, RJI Capital’s sister company, added:
“I am honoured to represent the title sponsor, RJI Capital, in Singapore and in Southeast Asia, where our company has such a strong network and presence. Each of these events embodies the professionalism and sophistication for which RJI Capital is known, and my family and I look forward to them.”