Singapore Racecourse: Horse Racing in Singapore first took take place in February 1842.
Kranji Racecourse: It was organised by a group of racing enthusiasts that called themselves the Singapore Sporting Club. Now called the Singapore Turf Club.
This is the only racing club that operates in Singapore and comes under the banner of the Malayan Racing Association. This racing association also manages 3 other clubs in Malaysia, that being the Selangor Turf Club, the Perak Turf Club and the Penang Turf Club.
All race meetings are held at Singapore Racecourse, Singapore's only Racecourse, sometimes called the Kranji Racecourse. Meetings take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The starting time of the first race on a race-day depends on the number of races being held that particular day. On average there is about 12 races, the first starting around midday and the last concludes about 6.30 pm.
The Feature Races held in Singapore are the Singapore Airlines International Cup run over 2000m, the Krisflyer International Sprint run over 1200m, Singapore Gold Cup run over 2200m and the Singapore Derby run over 2000m.
The Singapore Racecourse in the suburb of Kranji has 6 tracks, 4 are for track work and the other 2 courses are for racing, one is known as a Polytrack being an all weather purpose track and the other, the main course being Strathayr Turf Track.
Getting To The Course
The Singapore Racecourse is located about 20 kilometres from the city and is in the northern part of Singapore. It costs about $20.00 Singapore Dollars ($18Au) to go by taxi to the track from the city itself.
The Kranji MRT station is located adjacent to the MRT Plaza entrance of the racecourse. MRT trains operate at regular intervals and the MRT network connects the racecourse to major areas of Singapore.
Public Bus Services Bus 64, 123, 139 and 143.
If you drive to the course there is a multi storey car park which can accommodate 2,400 cars. The parking charges is $5 per entry.
Admission To Racecourse
Lower Grandstand allows visitors a complete and unobstructed view of the races. Cost of entry is $4.00. Favoured by the general public, the non air-conditioned lower grandstand allows visitors to immerse themselves in the heat and excitement of horse racing. There is also a Food Court in the Lower Grandstand which allows racegoers easy access to their favourite local delights.
Upper Grandstand, accessible to general public, provides an alternative for those who prefer to view the races with the comforts of air conditioning. Cost of entry is $8.00. The Upper Grandstand also extends outwards, to allow an unobstructed, eagle eye view of the Parade Ring. The Upper Grandstand also has its own air conditioned food court with Close circuit TV screens to allow racegoers to follow the races whilst enjoying their meals.
Owners Lounge is free entry to owners. Enjoy the races in comfort from the Owners Lounge, quipped with a full-service bar, restaurant, cigar lounge, high value bet counters and a personal TV screen at selected tables to allow patrons a close up view of the races.
Gold Card Room is a specially cordoned off area for Racing Gold Card Holders and frequented by tourists, is able to house up to 1,800 patrons. Cost of entry is $15.00. The Gold Card Room, with spacious seating areas, ample betting counters and closed circuit TV monitors, is a cozy and comfortable way to enjoy the races. The Gold Card Room has its own Food Kiosk and complimentary Coffee and Tea for all visitors. Courtesy of Singapore Turf Club
SINGAPORE TURF CLUB
1 Turf Club Avenue
Ph: (65) 6879 1000
Fax: (65) 6879 1010
The feature events at Singapore Racecourse is the running of the Group 1 Singapore Airlines International Cup, a Group 1 event worth $3 million dollars in prize money and the KrisFlyer International Sprint worth $1 million in prize money which are both held in May on the same day.
The Singapore Airlines International Cup was first run in the year 2000 to celebrate the new opening of the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji.
Singapore Racecourse Details
The Singapore Racecourse was designed with the best features in mind from other racecourses around the world being incorporated into the design.
The Polytrack course is approx 1500m long and 25m wide while the Strathayr Turf Track is 31m wide and approx 2000m long. Both are well cambered tracks with excellent drainage and with home straights approx 500m long.
On both tracks there is no bias and all horses whether on pace or who run from behind have an equal chance of winning. Inside barriers have a slight advantage at the 1000m start.
Direction of travel is anti clockwise.
The Singapore Racecourse features a four storey Grandstand which can accommodate up to 30,000 patrons.