the Selangor Turf Club (SLTC) introduced the Piala Emas Sultan
Selangor in 1980, it pioneered
the use of the weight-for-age system of handicapping in the
Prior to that, all the classics were handicaps. Nor were there 1,600m races at the Jalan Ampang racecourse. The races at
the tight city track were over 1,200m, 1,800m, 1,900m and 2,000m.
In the late seventies, the SLTC bought two parcels of land
adjacent to the track and was able to lay a chute to accommodate
To commemorate the introduction of 1,600m races, the SLTC
inaugurated the Piala Emas with prizemoney of RM100,000. It was
won by PAITITI GOLD, who scored again in 1982.
Drama unfold in 1983 when ANDERMATT (Gerry Donnelly) got up in
the last stride to beat CHUMMY'S SPECIAL (Brian York) by a short
head. The racing stewards immediately charged York for dropping
his hands prior to the post, allowing ANDERMATT to get up and win.
York was suspended for 26 race days. His appeal to the Malayan
Racing Association was not only dismissed, he was given an
additional month’s "sentence".
RYUJIN was only three years old when he captured the Piala Emas
in 1990 and completed a double the following year - the only horse
to win the race two years in succession.
The Piala Emas was run in Ipoh in 1993 pending the completion
of the Sungei Besi racecourse. KING'S SEAL
triumphed with the late S Y Leong astride.
The race was not run in 1999 when a virus outbreak curtailed
racing, initially banning the movement of horses between racing
In 2003, the Piala Emas Sultan Selangor was the second leg of the Selangor Turf Club triple crown
series with increased prizemoney of RM750,000.
In 2004, the race
became the final leg of the triple crown series and prizemoney
was increased to RM1.5 million. However, this was cut back to RM1
million in 2006.
In 2008, the race was opened to Singapore horses
for the first time was was won by the Steven Burridge-trained
In 2009, the Piala Emas Sultan Selangor was run
at set weights for the first time.
recorded his second success in the series when RISKY BUSINESS
triumphed in 2011.
Noel Callow set a record of
sorts when he triumphed on the Singapore runner TRUDEAU. It was the
fourth consecutive year the Australian jockey won the event.