Big Weekend of Racing in Penang Malaysia

Big Weekend of Racing in Penang Malaysia

Big Weekend of Racing in Penang Malaysia

Penang – a world renowned exotic holiday destination – was known, once upon a time, as Pulau Pinang or the “Isle of the Betel Nut”. Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2008, this virgin paradise has no shortage of cultural sights and natural scenery.
Nicknamed the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is famous for its soft sandy beaches and is fondly regarded as the food capital of Malaysia. Some of the most interesting sites of Penang include the sandy beaches of Tanjung Bungah, the landscape from the summit of Penang Hill and the vipers in the Snake Temple. The quaint nooks and crannies of Georgetown and the Tropical Spice Garden – the only spice garden in South East Asia – as well as Penang’s many flea markets, pasar malams’, KOMTAR and modern shopping malls also merit a visit.
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Photo by Ah Wei (Lung Wei)
penang photo
Photo by Ah Wei (Lung Wei)
But this coming weekend it is all about horse racing.
Champion Australian trainer Shane Edwards will officially be back in charge of a strong local stable and will be fielding a number of runners in the weekend festival that will will feature racing on Saturday and Sunday.

The Long History of Racing in Penang

1786 Francis Light forms the British Settlement on Penang Island (Prince of Wales Island) in the name of the English East India Company

1805 Penang raised to the status of a British Indian Presidency under the East India Company

1819 Stamford Raffles forms the British Settlement on the island of Singapore

1826 Penang, Malacca and Singapore joined together to form the Presidency of the Straits Settlements with its capital in Penang.

1830 The Presidency of the Straits Settlement reduced to a Residency under the direct supervision of the East India Company’s government at Calcutta.

1831 The capital of the Straits Settlements transferred from Penang to Singapore.

1842 Establishment of the Singapore Turf Club

1864 Establishment of the Penang Turf Club

1867 Transfer of control of the Straits Settlements from India to the Colonial Office, London. The opening of the Suez Canal.

1874 The Pangkor Engagement, by which the British recognised Raja Abdullah as Sultan of Perak and imposed a British Adviser (Resident) on him. British adviser (Resident) also imposed on Selangor.

1886 First Perak Turf Club formed in Taiping.

1896 Straits Racing Association established. Creation of the Federated Malay States (Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak and Selangor. Selangor Turf Club established in Ampang.

1921 First Penang Gold Cup

1924 First Singapore Gold Cup

1926 Perak Turf Club moves to Ipoh

1933 Singapore Turf Club moves to Bukit Timah

1939 Penang Turf Club moves to Batu Gantong. First Selangor Gold Cup

1941 December – Japan invades Malaya and Singapore.

1945 September – British forces land in Penang and Singapore. Racing resumes in Penang Turf Club with Grand Victory Meeting at Batu Gantong on 29 September.

1946 April – Singapore becomes a separate crown colony from Straits Settlements and Malay States.

1957 Birth of the Federation of Malaya.

1961 Straits Racing Association becomes Malayan Racing Association. Racing (Totalisator Board) Act – an act to provide the establishment of a Totalisator Board with the powers to conduct betting, equine research and to establish, maintain and improve Turf Clubs.

1963 Singapore, British North Borneo and Sarawak join Malaya to form the Malaysian Federation.

1965 Singapore separates from Malaysia to become a Republic.

1993 Selangor Turf Club moves to new racecourse in Sungei Besi.

1996 Thirteen times champion trainer on the Malaysian Singapore circuit Teh Choon Beng created history by becoming the first trainer to become a Committee Member of Penang Turf Club and the Malayan Racing Association.

1999 September – Singapore Turf Club moves to a new racecourse in Kranji. Twilight racing begins.

2000 First running of Singapore Airlines International Cup. Yang Di Pertua Negeri Gold Cup becomes first million-ringgit race in Malaysia.

2002 November – Penang Turf Club members vote to build a new ultra-modern racecourse. Yang Di Pertua Negeri Gold Cup stakes increased to RM1.3 million.

2003 September – Astro Wah Lai Toi sponsors Penang Sprint Trophy. Stakes increased to RM1 million.


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Shayne Heffernan Funds Manager at HEFFX holds a Ph.D. in Economics and brings with him over 25 years of trading experience in Asia and hands on experience in Venture Capital, he has been involved in several start ups that have seen market capitalization over $500m and 1 that reach a peak market cap of $15b. He has managed and overseen start ups in Mining, Shipping, Technology and Financial Services.

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