Pesta Sukan Cup was introduced in 1970 to coincide with the annual
Pesta Sukan sports carnival popular in Singapore at that time.
It began as a staying race and was staged over varying
distances until it was turned into a sprint in 1991.
The inuagural running, over 2,212m, was won by JOINT COMMAND II, ridden by T S Chiam.
In the years it was staged over 1,600m, some top-notch ‘milers’
cropped up in the winning list including HAWAIIAN SONG
(1983), BEST BOLD (1984), NOSTRADAMUS (1987), SAUGATUCK
(1989) and BATMAN (1990).
BECQUEREL, who later stood at stud at the National Stud Farm,
won the race in 1991 when it first staged over 1,400m. The last
running pf the Cup the following year was won by PACKED AND GONE, ridden by Leslie
Khoo, who is now a trainer.
The Pesta Sukan Cup was discontinued in 1993 and in its place
came the Silver Cup.