Even if you’re not a fan of horse racing, a trip to the races at Singapore Turf Club is really an event not to be missed. The bright lights, glittery clothing and buzzing call of the commentators as the horses round the bend make the excitement hang on the air. The Turf Club has a long and sorted history, and its new home in Kranji is the perfect spot for an evening of wining, dining and betting.
The original racing club was founded in 1842 as the Singapore Sporting Club. Over the years, the Turf Club’s racecourse had many duties, from normal horse races and polo matches, to the first landing of an aircraft in Singapore!
Many important races are held in Singapore, both for the Singapore Turf Club and for the Malaysian Racing Association, but by far the most prestigious of these is the Singapore Airlines International Cup, which offers S$3 stakes!
Races at the Singapore Turf Club are held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at varying start times. On any given day, up to 12 races will be run, some starting in the afternoon and others in early evening. Check the Singapore Turf Club’s website for more info on specific racing times.
For viewing options, you can get General Grandstand tickets for reasonable prices, or opt for a S$20 ticket to @Hibiscus on Level 3. Here, you can watch the races from a swanky air-conditioned restaurant while you sip a cool cocktail.
One final note: horse racing has historically been a favorite scene of the rich and famous, and not much has changed today. The Singapore Turf Club still enforces a dress code, so be sure to wear something smart casual (read: no shorts or ratty t-shirts)!
Getting there: Take the MRT to Kranji station, which stops right in front of the Turf Club. Alternately, SBS 160 and 170 or SMRT Bus 178, 925, 960 and 961 all stop at Kranji station.