Queen Elizabeth II Cup was inaugurated in 1972 to mark the visit
of Queen Elizabeth II to the Singapore Turf Club at Bukit Timah
and quite appropriately, it was won by an
The great maestro Lester Piggott and the all-conquering JUMBO
JET teamed up to defy top weight of 59.5kg to easily win the 2,200m race.
The 1974 running ended in a sensational note when a former
amateur horse TEN NO TRUMPS scored an upset to return $206 on the
The Cup distance was reduced to 2,000m in 1983 and visiting
Hong Kong jockey M C Tam caused a stir to win on BILLY BROWN.
In 1989, the race was sponsored for the first and only time.
Called the Vacheron Constantin Queen Elizabeth II Cup, it was once
again won by an outsider, UNCOMPROMISING, ridden by V Sivan.
In 1993, the Queen Elizabeth II Cup was staged as a Terms race.
It has been a weight-for-age race since 1994 when EMERALD ISLES
won in a course record time of 2 min. 1.9 secs. at Bukit Timah.
Now retired Teh Choon Beng is easily the most successful
trainer in the Cup with eight victories. In recent years, Malcolm
Thwaites has dominated the race, winning it four times.
In 2005, Trevor Bailey saddled LIGHT OF SUCCESS to victory in
what was his first big race success in Singapore, and Lucky Stable
their second win in three years.
In 2016, the Cup will be upgraded to Group 1 and
prizemoney raised to S$500,000.