Tunku Gold Cup was first run as the Selangor Gold Cup way back in
1939 when MEASURE, with S J Dood astride, triumphed over 2,011m.
It was held for another two years before World War II disrupted
racing for eight years. NATURAL, ridden by E C Harper, became the
first post-war winner in 1949.
In 1968, the Selangor Turf Club decided to rename the race
Tunku Gold Cup in honour of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's first
prime minister and No. 1 racing fan.
Abdul Mawi, the first local boy to break the dominance of
expatriate jockeys in the classic scene, became also the first
local lad to win the Selangor Gold Cup in 1952 riding CURLEW.
But it was not until 1962 that another local rider, Kitson
Leong, triumphed. He was on FROGGIE. Leong, who became a trainer,
achieved a rare feat when he saddled SUPER LEVEL to victory in
Another local jockey S Khamis became the first rider to win the
Cup two years in succession. His winners were WATER SCOUT and PEAK
And the most successful rider in the series is another local
boy. Leslie Khoo, after his triumph on Super Level, went on to win
in successive years in 1982 and 1983 astride VALLEY FAME. His
fourth winner was BELDALE PROSPECT in 1985.
The Gold Cup had to be run in Penang in 1993 when the
completion of the Sungei Besi track was delayed. It was won by A
CLASSIC TRIBUTE, ridden by Dennis Gundry.
created in 2001 when SADDLE UP won the Cup to become the first
Indian bred horse to win a classic on the local turf.
the distance of the Tunku Gold Cup was changed to 1,200m and it
became the first leg of the Selangor Turf Club "triple crown"