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Singapore Triple Crown Series

The Singapore Triple Crown series was first introduced shortly after the Singapore Turf Club shifted from Bukit Timah to Kranji in 1999. This exciting series was inspired by the prestigious Triple Crown in the United States.

While the American version dates back to the 1920s with the world-famous Kentucky Derby followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, the Singapore edition is younger but is similarly based on the same three-Leg model, though it did not always comprise the same three races.

The original series actually kicked off with the Raffles Cup, followed by the Queen Elizabeth II Cup before culminating with the crown jewel - the time-honoured Singapore Gold Cup. It was only after racing moved to Kranji that the series was switched to the Kranji Mile, a race first introduced in 2000, as the opening Leg, followed by the Raffles Cup and the Singapore Gold Cup.

Debt Collector (Michael Rodd) flashes home on the outside to deny Circuit Land (Hugh Bowman, No 1) of victory by a short head in the Raffles Cup.

No horse has managed to win all three Legs in a calendar year, with the closest being Smart Bet who won all three races, but over a span of two years, when 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.

In the last four years, War Affair (2014), Stepitup (2015), Debt Collector (2016) and Gilt Complex (2017) captured two Legs.

Last year, the Cliff Brown-trained Gilt Complex did not make his presence felt in the Panasonic Kranji Mile, but won the Raffles Cup, with A’Isisuhairi Kasim aboard. In the final Leg, the Dester Singapore Gold Cup, Gilt Complex with Michael Rodd up won narrowly from the 2016 Gold Cup winner Bahana.

Debt Collector (Michael Rodd) en route to victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Sunday.

History was unfortunately not made in that format, as the Singapore Triple Crown series has been changed after 18 years, interestingly going full circle to its old version – the Raffles Cup back as the first Leg, with the Queen Elizabeth II Cup brought back in, as the second Leg, while the Singapore Gold Cup stayed solid as the last Leg. The Kranji Mile is now an Invitational Group 1 race run in May, with a provision to turn it into an International Group 1 race in the near future.

All three races of the Triple Crown are Group 1 turf events for three-year-olds and above. Originally run over 1800m, the $1 million Raffles Cup is now run over 1,600 metres, normally at the end of September, followed by the $1 million Queen Elizabeth II Cup over 1,800 metres in October, with both races run at weight-for-age. The series concludes with the $1.35 million Dester Singapore Gold Cup, the only handicap race of the three, and which is also being dropped from 2,200 metres to 2,000 metres.

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.


    Winner: Debt Collector

  • Group 1
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Prizemoney: $1,000,000

Queen Elizabeth II CupSUNDAY, 21 OCTOBER

    Winner: Debt Collector

  • Group 1
  • Distance: 1800m
  • Prizemoney $1,000,000

Dester Singapore Gold CupSUNDAY, 11 NOVEMBER

    Group 1

  • Distance: 2000m
  • Prizemoney $1,350,000