International Racing News
Racing on Sky: 2 per week Friday nights and Sunday afternoons
Time Difference: -3 hours AEDT -2 Hours AEST
Racing Start Times: 8.00 8.30pm Friday nights and 2.00 2.30pm Sunday afternoon
Codes: Thoroughbreds only
- Horses are loaded based on the individual behaviour of the horses. For a racefield of 12, horses will be loaded from barrier 1 and 7 concurrently followed by 2 and 8. Horses who are difficult to load will be loaded last with either the assistance of the barrier attendants or blindfolded.
- Horses are scratched at the barrier depend on the discretion of the clerk of course. A horse will usually be given 2 chances to be loaded, in the event that it fail to be loaded after 2 attempts, the Clerk of Course will give instruction to the Starter for the horse to be scratched (A Yellow Flag will be shown). The starter will be stationed beside the barrier looking down the field of horses being loaded in the barrier gates.
- There are currently 95 race meetings this year, every Friday night (bar two) with the remaining on Sunday afternoon's.
- Singapore races on turf (long course and short course) and Polytrack surfaces.
- The main races in Singapore are International Group 1 S$3 million Singapore Airlines International Cup over 2000m, International Group 1 S$1 million KrisFlyer International Sprint over 1200m, the Group 1 S$1.15 million Emirates Singapore Derby over 2000m and the Group 1 S$1.35 million Longines Singapore Gold Cup over 2200m
- All horses are weighed before each race (body weights) and are pre-race blood tested
- There is only one racecourse in Singapore - with two racing tracks thus no long distance travelling to race meetings.
- In 1843 the first race took place on 23 February. Prizemoney for the race was $150, then a large amount.
- In 1842, Singapore Sporting Club was formed by a group of racing enthusiasts.
- In 1896 the Official Rules of Racing were introduced with the formation of the Straits Racing Association, now known as the Malayan Racing Association.
- In 1924, the Singapore Sporting Club changed its name to Singapore Turf Club, in line with a more clearly defined role. During its varied and colourful past, the racecourse grounds had been used for an array of activities ranging from polo matches to the landing of the first aircraft in Singapore.
- In 1927 the Singapore Turf Club sold its premises to the Singapore Improvement Trust and bought part of the Bukit Timah Rubber Estate.
- In 1960 for the first time members of the public were allowed to attend races which, before then, were restricted to members and owners.
- In 1941 World War II reached the Asia-Pacific region and racing came to a halt. Racing resumed in Singapore two years after the war ended.
- In 1972 the Queen Elizabeth II Cup was inaugurated to mark Her Majesty's visit to the Club.
- In 1981 the first female jockey was granted licence to ride on the local turf. The $18 million North Grandstand was opened, allowing up to 50,000 people to be accommodated in the two stands. The Club established a microwave link with the racing centres in Malaysia, enabling racegoers in Singapore to watch races "live" from across the Causeway.
- In 1994 the Bukit Turf Club changed its name to Singapore Turf Club with the de-registration of the former STC.
- In 1995 off-course betting services and facilities were introduced, including ACCESS hand-held terminals, Telebet and two off-course betting centres.
- In 1999 the Club moved to its new premises at Kranji in August.
- In 2000 the official Opening of the Singapore Racecourse on 4 March by the President of the Republic of Singapore, Mr S R Nathan. Inaugural running of the $3 million Singapore Airlines International Cup.
- In 2006 her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh visited the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji in March to witness the running of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup.
- In 2007 the club launched one of the world's largest outdoor screens in May 2007 to much fanfare.
- In 2008 the $1 million KrisFlyer International Sprint made a much-awaited comeback to the Singapore racecourse in 2008 after a six-year hiatus. The Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre is currently under construction and is targeted for completion in September 2009.
Ratings and stats on the Singapore Turf Club website... Here
Rankings information on the Singapore Turf Club Website... Here
Video records of recent Singapore races on the Singapore turf Club website... Here
Frequently asked questions about Polytracks on the Singapore Turf Club website... Here
For Detailed Course Information... Click Here