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Singapore Triple Crown Series
Singapore Turf Club
05/10/2012
The Singapore Triple Crown Series was first introduced shortly after the Singapore Turf Club shifted from Bukit Timah to Kranji in 1999. This series was an exciting challenge which was basically inspired by the prestigious US Triple Crown.
  
While the American version dated back to the 1920’s with the world-famous Kentucky Derby followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, the Singapore Triple Crown Series is based on the same three-Leg model, though it did not always comprise the same three races. The original series started with the Raffles Cup, followed by the Queen Elizabeth II Cup before culminating with the crown jewel as its final Leg – the time-honoured Singapore Gold Cup.
 


Better Life (Alan Munro) defeats Super Easy (Joao Moreira) to land the Panasonic Kranji Mile in 2012. 

In its current shape, the Kranji Mile, a race first introduced in 2000, replaces the QEII Cup and is the first leg, progressing then to the Raffles Cup and lastly the Singapore Gold Cup. All three races are Group 1 events for three-year-olds and above and run on the turf track. The Kranji Mile is run over 1,600 metres, normally at the beginning of October, followed by the Raffles Cup, over 1,800 metres, with both races being run at weight-for-age. Three weeks after the Raffles Cup is the finale – Gold Cup, regarded by many as the toughest hurdle and well-known for being a stamina-sapping race staged over 2,200 metres and the only Leg to be a handicap. As an added incentive, the winner of any two Legs is entitled to a bonus prize of $50,000 while the winner of all three Legs wins a bonus prize of $300,000.


Jose Verenzuela guides Flax to victory in the Group 1 Raffles Cup in 2012. 

The winner of the 2011 Kranji Mile was Better Than Ever while Always Certain took out the 2011 Raffles Cup. The winner of the 2011 Gold Cup was El Dorado, who also had previous wins in 2008 and 2009.
 
No horse has won all three Legs of the Singapore Triple Crown Series. Perhaps the closest a horse has come was Smart Bet who won all three races, but not in the same year. The former Mohd Yusof-trained champion landed the Kranji Mile in 2001 before winning the Raffles Cup and the Singapore Gold Cup a year later.
 


Better Life (Alan Munro) is first across the line in the 2012 Longines Singapore Gold Cup. 

Horses that have captured two Legs include Zirna (2003), Mayo’s Music (2004), Better Than Ever (2010) and Better Life (2012). The former won the last two Legs, while Mayo’s Music and Better Than Ever won the first two Legs, and Better Life won the first and last Legs.
 
 
 
Race
Distance
Date
Prizemoney
Winner
Panasonic Kranji Mile (Group 1)
1600m
October 7
$500,000
Better Life
Raffles Cup (Group 1)
1800m
October 21
$500.000
Flax 
Longines Singapore Gold Cup (Group 1)
2200m
November 11
$1,350,000
Better Life