Farewell Chairman, A Wonderful Man

In a fitting tribute to late prominent horse owner Mr Yong Nam Seng, affectionately known as “The Chairman” by the stable, Gold Kingdom saluted at Kranji on Saturday in race 4. Ridden by Oscar Chavez Gold Kingdom produced his best victory in Singapore when exploding away from his rivals to score by 4 lengths.

The 92-year-old, who was the chairman of local construction company Woh Hup, passed away last Saturday. The avid racing fan ran one of Singapore’s oldest stables with its easily recognisable gold and red diamonds silks which were carried to victory all around the world. Since Cliff located to Singapore, Gold Stable managed by Mr Yong were great supporters of the stable, racing horses with the stable for the past 12 years.

The prominent colours Of Gold Stable in the winners stall again.

In an interview with The Turf Club’s journalist Mike Lee Cliff paid tribute to Mr Yong:

“He was a wonderful man. He supported me from the moment I got here. He’s a terrific owner, very generous and a very caring guy. You don’t meet many like him. Our families became good friends. We often had dinners together, and my son Harvey told me one day that Mr Yong has always done the right thing by us, and he was right. Mr Yong died last Saturday, but we didn’t have any runners for him then. This win today is for him.”
A five-year-old by Animal Kingdom, Gold Kingdom has now taken his record to three wins and 10 placings from 28 starts for prize money that has now tipped over the $100,000 mark for the Gold Stable.
Another long time supporter of the stable Peter Lee (Buffalo Stable), also tasted success in race 1 with with Fireworks who made it back to back wins in Class 5 1400m. Well ridden from his wide gate by Apprentice K Hakim Fireworks also provided Peter with a race to race double as Thunder (Tim Fitzsimmons) won race 3.