Singapore Cup of Horse Racing
The Singapore Cup is one of the most prestigious international horse racing events on Singapore's racing calendar. Every May attracts contenders, spectators and bettors from around the globe; all of whom are united by their passion for first-rate equine sports.
The Cup was introduced in 2000, after the previous feature race of the season - the Singapore Derby - was stripped off its
international status and restricted to domestic horses only. While it started as a Group 2 race initially, the flat racing event
was promoted to Group 1 status in 2002. Today, it is the most anticipated competition of the Singapore International
Sponsored by Singapore Airlines and hosted at Kranji Turf Club since it was first established, the Singapore Airlines International Cup is run over 2,000 metres (about 1 ¼ miles). The number of runners is limited to sixteen for safety reasons and the race is open to thoroughbreds aged three and over. The race has staunch rules on the weighting of the horses; three-year-olds carry 50 kilos, from the age of four they are loaded with 57 kilos.
Although this year, 2010, should see the tenth running of the Singapore Cup, it will only be the ninth
event. In 2003 the outbreak of the bird flu forced organisers to cancel the event. It was the only time since its inauguration
that the Singapore Cup did not take place.
The 2010 Singapore Cup will be run on Sunday 16th May, along with another of Singapore's finest racing event, the KrisFlyer International Spirit. Both events are considered highlights of the extravagant Singapore International Racing Festival, an equine-themed spectacular which is sure to thrill even the most hardened track regular. Last year's Singapore Cup attracted twelve contenders from five countries, making it a true world championship of racing; and the 2010 running is sure to match last season's excitement pace by pace. With a purse of S$3,000,000 it is sure to be one fierce contest.
Check out the winning history of the past Singapore Cup, as well as the form of this year's hopeful contenders.