Kranji racecourse is the only race track in Singapore and it is located around 22 kilometres North-West of the Singapore city centre in the suburb of Kranji. The course opened in August 1999 and has received a Recognition Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for its 'fun' and 'whimsical' design.
Kranji racecourse is a world class track that boasts a state-of-the-art patron entry system, and a glass-sided horsewalk, which goes through the grandstand and connects the parade ring to the racetracks.
The four-storey Grandstand with its one-of-a-kind roof structure, inspired by the enchanting image of a horse in motion, can host 30,000 racing fans with multiple levels of fine dining and entertainment. It is home to the Singapore Turf Club and was built at an estimated cost of around S$550Million.
The Singapore Turf Club was founded in 1842 as the Singapore Sporting Club and is the only horse-racing club in Singapore, being part of the Malayan Racing Association, which also regulates the three Turf Clubs in Malaysia, the Penang Turf Club, Perak Turf Club and Selangor Turf Club.
Major Race Days
In May, the Singapore Airlines International Cup (2000m) and KrisFlyer International Sprint (1200m) are high quality feature races on the yearly racing calendar, while in November, the Singapore Gold Cup (2200m) has grown to be a major highlight and is the third leg of the Singapore Triple Crown. The Singapore Derby (2000m) for four-year-olds takes place in July at set weights.
Please visit our Singapore Horse Racing page for more detailed information on the Singapore Turf Club and major feature races held in Singapore each year.
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Kranji Race Track Details
The Singapore Racecourse at Kranji consists of two tracks dedicated to racing; The main StrathAyr turf track and the alternative track on its inside, the Polytrack or all-weather track as it is sometimes referred to in other parts of the world. The other 4 tracks are typically utilised for trackwork.
A 'Turfmeter' is used for track ratings with the following ratings applied;
- Firm - 0 to 4.5cm
- Good - 4.6 to 5.0cm
- Yielding - 5.1 to 5.5cm
- Soft - 5.6 to 6.0cm
- Heavy - 6.1 and above
The turf track is among the best in the world with excellent drainage to enable quality racing throughout the year. It is 31m wide and is split between Long Course (2000m long) and Short Course (1800m long).
The width also varies across five Courses (A, B, C, D and E) with A in its true position and E at 14 m off the rails. The turf track has shown no bias towards either on-pacers or backmarkers and all horses have an equal chance of winning, but over sprint distances, it is normally advantageous to be drawn on the inside, especially with bigger fields (much the same for Polytrack).
Similarly, horses with a short burst tend to run better over the Short Course (home straight about 450m long), while horses who take longer to wind up tend to get up on time over the Long Course (home straight about 550m long).
The Polytrack course is 25m wide and 1500m long and since first being used in 2008 it has proven very successful. Statistics in that period have shown horses drawn in and out, as well as on-pacers and backmarkers have equal chances of winning. The minimum kickback also ensures horses to be less hesitant to race close to each other.
Both turf and Polytrack have cambers on their turns allowing horses to turn at full speed with minimum stress.
Circumference: 2,000 metres
Straight: 550 metres
Circumference: 1,800 metres
Straight: 450 metres
Along with the turf track for racing, the 1500m long Polytrack is also used regularly for racing, with training taking place on any of the other four tracks;
- Track 2 - Polytrack - 1,500m long and 25m wide
- Track 3 - Sand Track - 1,300m Long and 20m wide
- Track 4 - Tapata Track - 1,000m long and 10m wide
- Track 5 - Sand Track - 500m long and 8m wide
- Track 6 - Training Track - 1600m long and 6m wide
Kranji Racecourse Contact Details
|Singapore Turf Club
|1 Turf Club Avenue
|Ph: (65) 6879 1000
|Fax: (65) 6879 1010
|Email:Singapore Turf Club website
How to get to Kranji racecourse
Travelling to Kranji race track via the MRT will see you dropped off at the MRT Plaza entrance of the racecourse as the Kranji MRT station is located adjacent to the entrance. The MRT network joins the racecourse to the most popular areas of Singapore itself and the MRT trains run quite regularly
Public Bus Services
Bus routes SBS 160, 170, SMRT Bus 178, 925, 960 and 961 travel along Woodlands Road and stop in front of the Kranji MRT station.
Driving by Car
If you plan to drive to Kranji then you can take advantage of their superb four-storey carpark which can house up to 2,400 cars. There is a $5 parking fee which is payable via the Payment Booth by either cash or Stored Value Card (SVC). Motorcycles can park for free and and motor vehicles parked outside designated areas will be clamped
Taxis will deliver you to the entrance to the Upper Grandstand. Check out Kranji Racecourse website for more information.