Attended the SIA Cup with my long time buddy Julien Low on 17th May 2015. Sunday. It was an honour able to attend this prestigious event with my buddy, donning our best suits for the evening.
The inaugural Singapore Airlines International Cup (SIA Cup) was held on March 4, 2000, in conjunction with the official opening of the new Singapore Racecourse at Kranji.
With a purse of S$3 million up for grabs, the race, unsurprisingly, attracted some of the best horses from the four corners of the globe. In a finish that will go down on record as one of the most remarkable milestones in Singapore’s horse racing history, the first edition went to a locally-trained, Ouzo. The New Zealand-bred by Oregon did Singapore proud by producing an astounding turn of foot to deny Jim And Tonic victory by a neck.
To this day, Ouzo remains the only locally-trained horse to have captured the SIA Cup. In the subsequent 12 editions (the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak forced the cancellation of the 2003 edition) winners hailing from the four corners of the globe have flashed past the Kranji winning post as the race has kept growing in stature.
In 2001, the race was awarded International Group 1 status and the following year nominated as the third leg of the World Series Racing Championship.
There have been 13 individual winners from nine different countries (Singapore, England, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Australia, Japan, South Africa, France and Hong Kong) adding their names to the honour roll. Among them, Grandera (2002) and Epalo (2004) are the only two SIA Cup winners to have gone on to win the World Champion title under the now defunct World Series Racing Championship series.
After 13 years of trying, Hong Kong finally tasted success in the SIA Cup when Military Attack became the first horse from the former British colony to land the elusive trophy for multiple Hong Kong champion trainer John Moore, who had come agonisingly close on several occasions previously. Suddenly, the floodgates were flung open as one year later, Hong Kong and Moore celebrated back-to-back victories with Dan Excel.
Lets take a look at some of the nice pictures taken at the event.
I shall reveal the winners for the KrisFlyer and SIA Cup (if you still do not know) in the last few pictures.
Party @ The Lawn
with the bloggers there at the marquee... here's Vivian aka xchubbykitty
Check out her blog at http://xchubbykitty.blogspot.sg/
Noticed a rainbow behind us?
And the Gorgeous Claire!
who blogs at http://www.claires-flair.com/
Watching the horses racing LIVE in action!
they are all indeed very strong and solid..
was quite amazed when my friend told me they can run to about 80km/h
That is like a normal car travelling on an expressway, isn't it? ha..
Well.. Horse butts and jockey butts?
There were a total of 11 races that day.
Race 9 and 10 are the KrisFlyer and SIA Cup respectively.
Before the first big race that is the KrisFlyer Cup.. there were spectacular performances put up to celebrate the once a year inaugural occasion.
and Lion Dances.
Here's a glimpse of all the performers out on the pitch.
Krisflyer Cup 2015
Showcasing of the horses at the Parade Ring.. before they head for the race
Havin' the exclusive invitation.. we have the privilege to be so close to the horses.
Sorry for the blur images.
KrisFlyer International Sprint Prize Presentation.
Presenting the prize to the winning jockey of the KrisFlyer International Sprint - AEROVELOCITY
The winning time was 1min 9.05secs for the 1200m on the Short Course.
SIA Cup 2015
SIA Cup Prize Presentation to the winning team - DAN EXCEL
Mr. Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs was there at the event to present the biggest prize as well.
Last year, Dan Excel was the winner fo the SIA Cup as well. Well done Dan Excel!
Here are somemore photos taken with my friends there..
She's indeed friendly.
Here with my good friend Hp aka Hpility who blogs at http://hpility.blogspot.com/ :)
Hope you guys enjoyed the blogpost.. have better insight to what SIA Cup is all about etc.
For more information, visit www.siacup.sg
In this case for this year, it was S$240 nett per person.
Thanks Singapore Turf Club for the warmth hospitality and invitation!