racing in Singapore dates back to 1842 when a group of racing
enthusiasts founded the Singapore Sporting Club and five months
later, they had a grandstand and track built on a piece of swampy
land in what is today the Farrer Park Sports Complex.
The first race meeting was held on February 23 and 25, 1843, and
the inaugural race was called the Singapore Cup. It offered
prizemoney of $150 and was won by a horse called COLONEL.
It is not known how many Singapore Cups were staged.
In 1999, Singapore Turf Club (SNTC) re-introduced the race to
mark the first ever night race meeting at the new Kranji
The first running was staged over 2,400m, won by BEYOND
EXPECTATION, ridden by J Saimee and trained by Malcolm
The SNTC then shortened the distance to 2,000m the next season. Saimee and
Thwaites were again successful, this time with OUZO.
In 2001, the SNTC opened the race to international entries
with an increased prizemoney of S$1 million. The race was renamed
the Singapore Classic.
Four overseas horses
came for the event but two were withdrawn at the eleventh hour.
German entries SILVANO and CAITANO made it a 1-2 for the foreign
contingent. The winner won in course record time.
In 2002, the
distance was shorted to 1,800m and local hero PALACE LINE
easily defeated overseas raiders LETHALS LADY and HAPPY DIAMOND.
2003, COME SEE YOU scored a narrow win for Hong Kong based
Singapore trainer Ivan Allan.
The Singapore Turf Club
discontinues with the race in 2004.