Singapore Turf Club International Race Day
By Kristen Manning
Fans of the worldwide racing circuit were happy to hear this week that the Singapore Turf Club has decided to reinstate its International Race Day, one that saw some memorably high class performances from Australian horses before its cancellation in late 2015.
A rich programme will see a 1200m and a 1600m contest take place each year from May 2019, fitting the same time slot as in the past – the third Sunday of the month.
A reshuffle of Singapore’s major races will take place, the Group One Kranji Mile to be run in early May on the same day as the Group One Lion City Cup whilst the Triple Crown Series has had its order changed.
What seems certain is that Singapore will be the place to be for any racing fan in May from 2019 onwards!
“We are delighted to present the new racing initiatives,” Mr Chong Boo Ching, President & Chief Executive, Singapore Turf Club said:, “and are optimistic that with these new initiatives we will not only improve the quality of local racing but at the same time increase international following for Singapore racing.”
Australian horses boast a great record at the international meeting with a real highlight being the 2008 Kris Flyer Sprint quinelled by Takeover Target and Magnus, a race in which the Freedman trained Australian bred galloper Sanziro was third.
Three years after that saw one of the most popular Kranji wins of all time, the marvellous Australian bred Rocket Man strutting his stuff!
Northerly’s younger half-brother North Boy recorded his best win at Kranji, racing away to an easy 3 1/2 length victory in the Sprint.
Sadly the International Cup is not on the list to be reinstated as it too saw a great performance from an Australian horse, the Caulfield Cup hero Mummify defeating the globe-trotting multiple Group One winner Phoenix Reach in 2005.
Kristen Manning is a freelance racing writer and pedigree analyst based in Melbourne. A keen owner/breeder who loves every aspect of thoroughbred horse racing, she has written two books focusing on the deeds of Fields Of Omagh and Prince Of Penzance.