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About the Singapore gold cup

The inaugural race was run on Oct 18, 1924, at Farrer Park Racecourse, making it the oldest classic race in Singapore.

It was won by a Javanese raider called Thelasocrete with a crippling 68kg.

The prize money was then $1,600.

There were two Gold Cup (above) races in 1925.

The first, worth $3,000 and run in May, was won by Alan L.

The second race was in October and was won by Bonnie Friend.

Although the race carried less prize money ($1,750), only Bonnie Friend was recorded as the winner of 1925.

The last Gold Cup staged at Farrer Park was in 1932.

It was the only time the race was run over 2,400m, instead of 2,200m. The winner was Punkawalla, who exploded the myth that greys could not withstand the rigours of the tropics by winning by three lengths.

The first race at Bukit Timah was in 1933 and was won by Row Boat.

From 1942 to 1947, the premier classic was stopped because of World War II.

In 2000, Kim Angel (above) became the first Gold Cup winner on the new Kranji racetrack.

She was the first mare in 30 years (since Interest in 1970) to win the race, which was worth $1 million.

- TAN THEAN LOON