15 November 2018
The Racing/Sports Editor
Restructuring of Prizemoney and Singapore Racing Fixture 2019
Singapore Turf Club would like to announce that the prizemoney for non-Feature races will be restructured with effect from 1 January 2019. The restructuring of the prizemoney is carried out after taking into consideration feedback from owners and trainers. With effect from 1 January 2019, the prizemoney for non-Feature races will be as follows:
Class 1/ Kranji Stakes A
Class 2/ Kranji Stakes B
Class 3/ Kranji Stakes C
Class 4 Premier
Class 4 Non-Premier
Kranji Stakes D
The Club will no longer hold Class 4 Premier races and the prizemoney for all Class 4 races will be standardised at $50,000.
The prizemoney for Class 5 races will be increased to $30,000 to help owners alleviate the cost of maintaining these horses. To help fund the 50% increase in prizemoney for the Class 5 races, the prizemoney of races in Classes 1, 2 and 3 and Restricted Maiden/Novice will be adjusted accordingly as indicated in the above table.
Notwithstanding the changes, the Club believes that the prizemonies on offer in Singapore are still attractive and compare favourably against prizemonies in many racing countries.
Two Feature races will be discontinued in 2019, namely the Group 1 Patron’s Bowl and the Group 3 Garden City Trophy.
Without the Patron’s Bowl, the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge will also be discontinued as retaining the Series would require one of the remaining Feature races to be converted to a race restricted to 4 years old only. This would reduce the opportunities for horses in other age groups.
Similarly, the discontinuation of the Garden City Trophy will require the Merlion Trophy to be programmed in the second half of the year to cater for sprinters and as such, the Singapore Sprint Series will be discontinued as well.
The Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge (comprising Singapore 3YO Sprint, Singapore 3YO Classic and Singapore Guineas) and the Singapore Triple Crown (comprising the Raffles Cup, Queen Elizabeth II Cup and Singapore Gold Cup) will be retained.
Due to the restructuring of racing in Singapore and the transfer of wagering operations on horse racing to Singapore Pools, the Club will keep the International Races scheduled for 25 May 2019 on hold. However, similar to this year, the Kranji Mile will remain as an invitational race with prizemoney of $1.5 million. The Lion City Cup will remain as Singapore Group 1 race restricted to Singapore horses only with prizemoney of $1 million.
The prizemonies of the remaining Feature Races are unchanged but will be reviewed in mid-2019. However, with effect from 1 January 2019, the entry fees collected for Feature races will no longer be added to the prizemonies of the respective Feature races.
Singapore Racing Fixture 2019
The Singapore Racing Fixture 2019 is as attached at Annex A. The Club will continue to run about 800 races over 87 race meetings. Tuesday night race meetings will be discontinued in 2019. However, there will be three Saturday twilight meetings with the first race at about 4 pm. These Saturday twilight meetings will be held on 25 May 2019, 1 June 2019 and 15 June 2019.
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Mr Mike Lee,Racing Editor (Racing Information & Liaison)
Mr Steven Tan, Assistant Vice President (Racing Operations)