The Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge is a series of three races run over distances starting from 1400m up to 1800m and restricted to four-year-olds.
The first Leg of the Challenge, the Group 2 Stewards’ Cup over 1400m, used to be run later in year but was moved to mark the opening Leg of the series in 2010. The 1400m journey is the ideal stepping stone towards the second and third Legs of the series which gradually increase in distance.
Elite Invincible (Vlad Duric) just pips Curvature (Craig Grylls, obscured) to land the spoils in the
Previously known as the Patron’s Bowl, the second Leg has been renamed the Charity Bowl this year. The feature race itself used to kick off the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge before having its distance increased to 1600m and replacing the Singapore Derby Trial in 2010 when it was also afforded Group 1 status – which it still retains now - and became the second Leg of the Challenge.
Under Vlad Duric's hard riding, Elite Invincible goes to the line the best in the Charity Bowl on Sunday.
A time-honoured classic on the Singapore racing calendar, the Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby is the final leg of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge. Long time run over 2000m, the Derby, as it is popularly known as, will this year be shortened to 1800m while its total purse is maintained at $1.15 million.
Jupiter Gold (Olivier Placais) stamps his class in the Emirates Singapore Derby.
With the prizemoney increase to Group 1 and 2 races in 2018, the Stewards’ Cup now carries a total purse of $500,000 while the Charity Bowl carries a total purse of $1 million.