Among numerous reasons for Singapore being famous, horse racing is on the top list. Racing is staged in open field on almost every Friday and Sunday throughout the year. Horse owners from all over Singapore, as well as foreigners, participate in this common sports event and public gather around the racing arena to enjoy the racing. An annual Singapore International Racing Festival organized during May with several other programmers.
Racing History of Singapore at a glance
The history of Horse Racing in Singapore dates back to the colonial era. In the year 1843, the first ever professional horse racing was initiated by Singapore Turf Club (STC), formerly known as Singapore Sporting Club (SSC) with a prize-money of $150. This practice had been continued in the following years at Farrer Park.
Eventually, SSC was renamed as Singapore Turf Club and it is the only horseracing club in entire Singapore. The present-day racing is conducted at Kranji Racecourse. In the Kranji Racecourse, there are two main tracks and five secondary tracks. The grandiose five-story establishment has a seating capacity of 13,000. There are advanced training and medical facilities for available for horses.
One of the major races held is Singapore Airlines International Cup and Kris Flyer International Sprint. These competitions are considered two jewels of horse racing in Singapore. Some other prestigious races include:
- Singapore Gold Cup – Held at the end of November
- Singapore Derby – Held in mid-July
- Lion City Cup – Held in April
- Raffles Cup – Held in October
Betting in Horse Racing
Being a paradise of online gambling, horse racing in Singapore has a close association with betting. Many bidders place their bets taking the risk of real-time gambling whereas the majority of them bet online. With the growing popularity of the game, local media have developed a trend of keeping the fans updated with regular Singapore Horse Racing Tips.