Founded in 1842, the Singapore Turf Club is the only horse-racing club in Singapore and the only authorized operator of horse racing in the country. The turf club hosts both local and major races, like the Singapore Airlines International Cup and the KrisFlyer International Sprint, as well as the prestigious Longines Singapore Gold Cup.
The turf club’s horses are exclusively imported from overseas, as there is no breeding industry in Singapore. Purebred bloodstock is primarily imported from Australia and New Zealand, with a minority coming from other countries like Japan, Ireland, France, South Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.
Visitors thinking of visiting Singapore Turf Club should plan ahead: the Singapore races are held on selected Fridays, Sundays and public holidays of each month, with varying starting times depending on the number of races being held that particular day.
Singapore Turf Club is located just a few miles outside the Malaysian border in northern Singapore. It is reachable in less than half an hour by car from central Singapore via routes KPE, PIE and BKE or, alternatively, by rail from Marina Bay in one hour (stop at Kranji station) or bus (routes SBS 160, 170, SMRT Bus 178, 925, 960 and 961). Admission costs $6 for any of the stands or $30 for a seat at the Owner’s Lounge (which is equipped with a full-service bar, restaurant, high value bet counters and a personal television screen). Guests must be 18 years old and above to enter the racecourse on race days. All guests must abide by the smart casual dress code – shorts, sandals and tank tops are not allowed.