the Lion City Cup was inaugurated only in 1974, it quickly became
the most prestigious of the sprint classics on the local circuit.
The Cup had a great start when GENERAL TRONG II, winner of six
races the previous year, took the inaugural running.
For three consecutive years from 1976, English maestro Lester
Piggott made the race his own, winning the speedy BLUE STAR in
1976 and 1977 and GENTLE JIM in 1978.
Blue Starís double strike was emulated by ADDED ADVANTAGE II
(1982 and 1983) and JINGLE BELL IV (1984 and 1985).
In 1986, the Singapore Turf Club (SNTC) staged the Lion City
Cup at set-weights, when BALIK PULAU II created an upset. This
this format proved unpopular and was scrapped after just one
season. It was then reverted to a handicap.
WAR PLAN's Cup in 1990 was beamed "live" to Hong
Kong and in turn local racegoers were treated to a telecast of the
Hong Kong Derby.
In 1991, the SNTC decided to stage the Cup at weight-for-age
raised the prizemoney to S$250,000 but it produced an upset winner
in OLYMPIC BOY, ridden by apprentice Saifudin Ismail.
Under the new format, FISCHER won the Cup twice, in 1997 and
again in 1999, when the race was run for the last time at Bukit
At its new home at Kranji, SUPERB EFFECT scored
consecutive wins in 2000 and 2001. Then it was another Charles
Leck-trained sprinter CLASSIC MARCO who took the honours in 2002.
QUE EXPRESION became the first Argentine horse to win the Cup