Penang Sprint Trophy was first staged in 1981. Until then, there
was no big sprint in Penang. In fact, the only big race in the
island was the Gold Cup.
For two years, the Sprint Trophy was a handicap. When it became
a weight-for-age in 1983, proven stayer ANDERMATT uspet the
champion sprinter ADDED ADVANTAGE II.
There were two remarkable wins in this supposedly ‘sprint’
contest. ST GALLEN, twice winner of the Yang Di Pertua Negerii
Gold Cup and a Singapore Gold Cup, won by eight-and-a-half
COLONIAL CHIEF, winner of the MRA Cup over 2,000m in 1988 and
the Singapore Gold Cup the following year, romped home by seven
lengths in 1990!
The dominant horse of the Sprint Trophy in recent years was
He contested the race thrice for three wins, in 1995, 1996 and
The race was not run in 1999 because of the outbreak of a virus
which curtailed racing.
The Sprint Trophy became the richest sprint and the
second richest race in Malaysia with RM700,000 in prizemoney in
2000. This was increased to RM750,000 in 2002.
In 2003, the
Sprint Trophy became the first million-ringgit sprint when Astro
Wah Lai Toi's sponsorship pushed the stakes to RM1 million.
NEW VILLAGE scored a runaway win in a record time of 1 min. 21.7
secs. in 2005.
In 2007, the Sprint Trophy was cancelled due to
an unsafe track.
History was created in 2011 when
EAGLE and BLUE TOSCA battled to a dead-heat, the first time two
horses shared honours in the series.
In 2012, MR
RAFFLES became the first Singapore trained winner in cross-border