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In appreciation of the support from racing fans, Singapore Turf Club (STC) has announced free admission to Grandstand Level 1 for the Singapore Derby 2024 race meeting


The Singapore Derby, a time-honoured celebration of excellence and a jewel in the crown of Singapore racing, is set to captivate horse racing enthusiasts for the final time on 21 July 2024. Attendees at Singapore Turf Club’s Grandstand Level 1 will be able to experience this prestigious event for free by registering for tickets.


With a history spanning over 140 years, the Singapore Derby stands as one of the oldest and most prestigious feature races in Singapore. Exclusively open to four-year-old horses, this Group 1 race covers a distance of 1,800 metres. The Singapore Derby which started in 1880, has been a cornerstone of Singapore's horse racing calendar.


Register for your free tickets: Join the historically significant Singapore Derby


In appreciation of its valued supporters and racing fans, STC is offering free admission to the Club’s Grandstand Level 1 for the Singapore Derby. Admission is only allowed for adults above 18 years of age.


Those who wish to attend the Singapore Derby may register for free tickets from 21 June to 21 July 2024 at


In-person ticket collection is available at STC’s MRT Plaza, taxi / drop-off point, and Grandstand Level 1 on the following race days: 30 June, 7 July, 13 July, and 21 July, from 11am to 5pm.


History of the Singapore Derby


The inaugural Singapore Derby was held in 1880 at the Farrer Park Racecourse, with prize money amounting to $150 and won by a pony named Moracia. In the early years, the race mainly featured ponies from Burma, China, and Java, before the arrival of thoroughbreds from Australia. 



Legendary horses have left their mark on the Singapore Derby, one of the most prestigious horse races in Singapore. Galloper Vanitas won the Singapore Derby three times in a row from 1897 to 1899 – a record that still stands today.


The first winner of the revived Singapore Derby in 1959 was Flying Dragon. This was followed by White Heather's victory in 1961. The record for the most victories is shared by November Sun, Feu Vert, and Courtline Jester, each with two wins. The current speed record is held by Jupiter Gold, who set the record in 2018. (please see Appendix for Singapore Derby Notable Highlights)


Singapore Derby Heritage Walk


Visitors may look forward to a heritage walk which chronicles the origins of the Singapore Derby and its progression into one of the most prestigious events in the racing calendar. The heritage walk includes bilingual display panels highlighting the significant achievements by jockeys, trainers, and champion horses who have made their mark in the Singapore Derby.


The walk is situated along the walkways leading to the STC Grandstand from the Kranji MRT station and the taxi stand / drop-off point.


The Singapore Derby 2024 race meeting will take place on 21 July 2024 from about 12.30pm to about 5.30pm. More information on the Singapore Derby is available at


Appendix – Singapore Derby Notable Highlights

  • In 1897, Vanitas won his first Singapore Derby, continuing his streak in 1898 where he won his second Singapore Derby in 1898. Vanitas again won the following year in 1899, a record that still stands today.
  • The Singapore Derby was discontinued in 1910. After a lapse of 49 years, the Singapore Derby was revived in 1959 at the Bukit Timah Racecourse. The race soon established itself as one of the most esteemed on the circuit.
  • The 1999 Singapore Derby was the final Feature Race to be held at the Bukit Timah Racecourse before the move to Kranji.
  • Trainer Ivan Allan holds the record for most Derby wins, with nine victories including a hat-trick from 1979 to 1981. He also secured successive wins with Feu Vert in 1985 and 1986.
  • Trainers Teh Choon Beng (six wins) and Malcolm Thwaites (five wins) were also esteemed figures within the Singapore Derby circuit.
  • Champion owner and millionaire businessman Jerry Sung, owner of Auric Stables, holds the title for most victories in the Singapore Derby with five wins.
  • The Singapore Derby speed record is held by Jupiter Gold – with a time of 1:46:34 in 2018.

About Singapore Turf Club


Founded in 1842, Singapore Turf Club (STC) is Singapore’s only horse racing club. A destination that has consistently been reinventing experiences and bringing fun and excitement to the communities, STC’s sprawling 124-hectare Kranji grounds features world-class horse-racing tracks and a splendid Grandstand. It can support both large-scale and intimate sporting competitions and lifestyle events.


A proprietary club of the Tote Board, STC’s focus is on cultivating horse racing as a prestige sport and creating a first-class horse-racing community in Singapore with integrity and professionalism. STC is also a learning hub for specialised equestrian skills and a provider of impeccable stabling, horse training and horse-event support. For more information about STC, please visit