Queen Elizabeth II’s first visit to Singapore Turf Club on 20 February 1972.
She was warmly received by then-STC Chairman, Tan Sri Dr Runme Shaw and graced the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, a race named in her honour.
On the 50th year of the Queen Elizabeth II Cup this year, the horse racing world lost a stoic champion. The Club was deeply saddened by the passing of her Majesty. A minute of silence was observed on 17 September before races commenced to honour her memory.
Making turf history
Horses and jockeys are at the heart of Singapore Turf Club. Many have gone down in the annals of history.
In 1981, local turf history was made when female jockeys, Irene Pateman and Paula Wagg from Australia became the first two female jockeys to be granted local permits to ride, paving the way for many great female jockeys to come.