The Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge consists of three races open to three-year-olds only.
The series kicks off with the Group 3 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint (1200m), progressing to the Group 2 Singapore Three-Year-Old Classic (1400m) and culminates with the Group 1 Singapore Guineas (1600m), all three races spread through March and May.
Countofmontecristo (Glen Boss) races away in the Group 3 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint.
Originally launched as the Tiger Beer Triple Challenge in 1997, the series was renamed to its present title in 2003 and the three Legs were then simply referred to as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Legs, run over distances stepping up from 1200m, 1400m and 1600m respectively.
In 2010, the Challenge was restructured to its current status. Both the Sprint and the Guineas were already races in their own right before they were re-designated as the 1st Leg and 3rd Legs of the Challenge respectively while the Classic was the new name given to the 2nd Leg.
Since being restructured in 2010, the first four editions have seen a horse making a clean sweep of the three Legs – namely Better Than Ever (2010), Gingerbread Man (2011), Super Easy (2012), Stepitup (2013) and War Affair (2014).
The trend was broken in 2015, and there was no clean sweep again in last year’s Challenge which saw a very competitive bunch do battle, but in the end it was Debt Collector, who skipped the first Leg, but who was right on target in the last two Legs for jockey Michael Rodd and trainer Cliff Brown.