Press Release

SINGAPORE TURF CLUB STAGES ITS FINAL KRANJI MILE RACE;
THE FIRST OF THREE HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT FEATURE RACES IN 2024
LEADING UP TO THE GRAND SINGAPORE GO
LD CUP

 

The Kranji Mile, one of the Singapore Turf Club’s (STC) most prestigious signature races will flag off its final race on 18 May 2024, as the Club enters the homestretch of its racing history. The culmination of the Club's illustrious 182-year racing legacy will be marked by its ultimate event, the Grand Singapore Gold Cup, set to take place on 5 October 2024.

 

 

Intertwining History with Kranji Racecourse

 

First introduced in 2000, the Kranji Mile was inaugurated to celebrate the opening of the new Kranji Racecourse that was officiated by then President of the Republic of Singapore, Mr S. R. Nathan. Its maiden race on 2 December 2000 featured a 1,600-metre race awarding prize money of $183,200. Following its debut, the Kranji Mile grew both in stature and importance among industry stakeholders and racing fans in over two decades. Its final race remains at 1,600-metres and will run on turf with a prize purse of $1 million.

 

Lim’s Kosciuszko winning the Kranji Mile 2023

 

Legendary horses Better Than Ever, Pacific Prince, and Southern Legend have left their mark on the Kranji Mile. Pacific Prince won the inaugural Kranji Mile in 2000 and again in 2002, while Better Than Ever and Southern Legend each secured back-to-back victories. The speed record is held by 2023 winner and local favourite, Lim's Kosciuszko. (please see Appendix for Kranji Mile Notable Highlights)

 

Heritage Walk Launch

 

A heritage trail highlighting the key milestones of the Kranji Mile has been unveiled. It captures the early beginnings of the Kranji Mile and its evolution into one of the most prestigious events in the annual racing calendar. Visitors may look forward to viewing the significant achievements by jockeys, trainers, and champion horses who have made their mark in the Kranji Mile on bilingual display panels lining the Kranji Mile Heritage Walk, which runs at walkways leading to the STC Grandstand from the Kranji MRT station and the STC taxi stand.

 

Join us for the historically significant Kranji Mile

 

The final race meeting of the Kranji Mile will take place on 18 May 2024 from about 12.30pm to about 5.30pm. More information on Kranji Mile is available at https://turfclub.com.sg/kranji-mile-2024.

 

 

Appendix -- Kranji Mile Notable Highlights

  • The first Kranji Mile in 2000 was won by English jockey Darryll Holland riding race favourite Pacific Prince.
  • Over two decades, the Kranji Mile has produced notable champions including horses, trainers, and jockeys. Five jockeys have won the Kranji Mile twice-in-a-row: Saimee Jumaat, Danny Beasley, Michael Rodd, Zac Purton, and Wong Chin Chuen.
  • Top gallopers of the Kranji Mile include the Charles Leck-trained Pacific Prince, clinching the inaugural Kranji Mile Trophy in 2000 and 2002. The Laurie Laxon-trained Better Than Ever and the Caspar Fownes-trained Southern Legend would go on to win the Kranji Mile for two years in a row – the former in 2010 and 2011, and the latter in 2018 and 2019.
  • The late Laurie Laxon, the renowned racehorse trainer, became the Kranji Mile’s most successful trainer with five total wins: Top Spin (2008), Waikato (2009), Better Than Ever (2010, 2011) and Stepitup (2015).
  • Donna Logan is the first and only female trainer to have won the Kranji Mile, when Minister won in 2021.
  • The Kranji Mile speed record is held by Lim’s Kosciuszko – with 1 min 32.81 sec in 2023.

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 www.turfclub.com.sg.