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The Singapore Turf Club (STC) was founded in 1842 as the Singapore Sporting Club. It is the oldest existing and only horse racing club in Singapore. The first race was held on 23 February 1843 when the prize money on offer was only $150. In 1924, the Club changed its name to the Singapore Turf Club in an effort to reflect its role as a horse racing club more accurately. The Club then moved to Bukit Timah in 1933 before relocating to its present location at the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji in 1999.
It is now one of the premier racecourses in the world that not only provides world-class quality horse racing while maintaining the highest level of integrity in wagering, but also an efficient, effective and socially responsible organisation. It is also the agent and proprietary club of the Tote Board, Singapore, who manages and directs its donation of surplus funds for charitable purposes.
A feature of the racing calendar is the S$3 million Group 1 Singapore Airlines International Cup (SAIC), which was first held in 2000 in conjunction with the opening of the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji. It is held in May, coupled with its sister sprint race, the S$1 million KrisFlyer International Sprint. Both events are part of the Singapore International Racing Festival (SIRF), which will be attended by some of the world’s top owners, jockeys and trainers.
Racing is staged all-year round on either Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, or Wednesdays. Races from Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, and occasionally from UK, France and Japan are also shown live at the Turf Club and off-course betting centres and outlets. The newest off-course betting centres are at China Square at Telok Ayer Street and at The Majestic in Chinatown.