in 1991, the Raffles Cup is named after Sir Stamford Raffles, the
founder of Singapore.
The weight-for-age race had a historic start when TUNEFUL
MELODY upset all calculations to lead all the way, becoming
the first Malaysian bred to win a classic in the
Malaysia-Singapore circuit. He was ridden by Ismadi Ismail and
trained by Teh Choon Beng who went on to saddle three more winners
with STORM (1993), THE MAILMAN (1994) and STARMAN II (1995).
EMERALD ISLES, ridden by Macau jockey W H Lao, rewrote
the Bukit Timah course record with a winning time of 1 min. 34.2
seconds in 1996.
OUZO was the last winner of the Raffles Cup run at Bukit
Timah in 1999.
In 2000 and 2001, with the sponsorship of the Raffles International
Group, the race became known as the Raffles International Cup and
open to international entries.
However, no overseas horse took part but it produced a
thrilling finish when CON AIR (Carig Carmody) beat SUPER GOLDLUCK by a head with
KIM ANGEL another neck away third.
its inception in 1991, the race has been run over 1,600m. In 2001,
the distance was changed to 1,800m.
TAPILDO, winner of
the New Zealand Oaks as a three-year-old, carved out a
narrow win in 2001 to become the second mare after STORM to win the race.
Then ZIRNA joins the list in 2003.