The Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge consists of three races open to three-year-olds only.
The series kicks off with the Group 3 JBBA 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 April and May.
Bold Thruster (John Powell, on the rails) hangs on to claim the Group 3 JBBA 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.
The first five revamped editions saw 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), but the trend was broken in 2015.
Last year’s Challenge saw three different horses claim the three Legs – Be Bee (1st Leg), Mister Yeoh (2nd Leg) and Mr Clint (2nd Leg), a clear indication of the evenness in the three-year-old ranks last season.
Winner : Bold Thruster