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Longines Singapore Gold Cup

When:

Sun Nov 17 2013, 10:00am

Where: Singapore Racecourse, 1 Turf Club Ave, Kranji, Singapore

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Marquee: $108.00
  • Marquee: $98.00
  • Lower Grandstand: $6.00
  • Owners Lounge: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

The Longines Singapore Gold Cup is the richest race on the Singapore domestic racing calendar with a history dating back to 1924.

The Group 1 race was sponsored for the first time by famous Swiss watchmaker Longines in 2010 and was taken out by Risky Business.

The inaugural race on October 18, 1924, was run at Farrer Park racecourse and saw Thelasocrete take the honours and win for connections (at the time) the substantial prizemoney of $1,600. The time-honoured race is run over 2,200 metres under handicap conditions and now carries a total purse of $1.35 million.

In Singapore Gold Cup history, multiple-champion trainer Ivan Allan holds the record for the most number of successes, having saddled the winner on nine occasions while Jerry Sung of Auric Stable holds the record for owners on five successes.

In more recent times, Japanese handler Hideyuki Takaoka has racked up four victories coming in the past five years, three times with the Masa Otani-owned and Ronnie Stewart-ridden El Dorado in 2008, 2009 and 2011 while Better Life was successful last year when ridden by Epsom Derby-winning jockey Alan Munro.

El Dorado is one of just two horses to have won the Gold Cup on three occasions with the Japanese-bred galloper sharing the honours with Three Rings, owned by Tan Eng Joo, and who won the Cup three times in 1954, 1956 and 1957.

The Longines Singapore Gold Cup is the third Leg of the Singapore Triple Crown Series which takes in earlier Legs of the Kranji Mile and Raffles Cup during October.