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Emily gets to lift the Gold Cup again

THEN AND NOW: Emily Yong receiving the Singapore Gold Cup trophy from President Tony Tan Keng Yam yesterday (above) and then-President S R Nathan in 2006.

THEN AND NOW: Emily Yong receiving the Singapore Gold Cup trophy from President Tony Tan Keng Yam yesterday and then-President S R Nathan in 2006 (above).

Eight years ago, Emily Yong (above) received the coveted Singapore Gold Cup trophy from then- President S R Nathan.

Fast forward to yesterday, when the elegant Yong was back in the limelight, receiving the same prize from President Tony Tan Keng Yam after her stable's horse, QUECHUA, won the $1.35 million Longines Singapore Gold Cup over her other horse, Emperor's Banquet.

"It's ecstatic," she said.

"I mean, you have everybody - from family to friends to stable partners - there to support us, and year after year, they have been coming here to look for such a win and this year we finally made it.

"Just so happy that everyone stood by us, you know, and believe in us that we will pick this Cup again.

"Thanks to trainer Patrick Shaw and Corey Brown for his good jockeyship, and another runner of ours came in second as well. So happy."

What were her thoughts when Quechua hit the front in the final 350m of the gruelling 2,200m race?

"Oh, I just knew when he kicked and hit the front, he was going to win the race because he was pulling away very quickly and the other horses couldn't catch up with him," she said, with a smile.