The Singapore Sprint Series is a Group of three races – all run over 1200m – spread through March and April.
The Group 2 Merlion Trophy kicks off the series on the Polytrack with the final two Legs, the Group 3 Rocket Man Sprint and the Group 1 Lion City Cup, both being run on turf.
Infantry (Manoel Nunes, outside) finishes over the top of his rivals to land the Merlion Trophy.
Formerly known as the Fischer Stakes from 2000 to 2007, the first Leg was renamed as the Merlion Trophy in 2008, when it was captured by Why Be, who was effectively scoring a hat-trick of wins in that event as he had won back-to-back Fischer Stakes the two previous years (2006 and 2007). The Merlion Trophy was upgraded to Group 2 status in 2016.
Lim's Cruiser (Danny Beasley) unleashes a blinding turn of foot to take out the Rocket Man Sprint
The Rocket Man Sprint is the new name given in 2017 to the Kranji Sprint to honour one of Singapore’s greatest sprinters, Rocket Man, the first Singapore-trained horse to have claimed an International Group 1 race.
The race was first run in 2000, the year when the Singapore Turf Club officially relocated to its current premises at Kranji. It is the only handicap race among the three Legs while the other two are Weight-For-Age events. Zac Spirit is the only horse to have added his name twice to its roll of honour (2014 and 2015).
The jewel in the crown of the series is the Lion City Cup, which dates back to 1974, and is Singapore’s richest and only domestic Group 1 sprint with a purse of $800,000 on offer. Rocket Man has won the race a record four times from 2009 to 2012.
Winner: Lim's Cruiser