Singapore Turf Club – Kranji Racecourse
If you want to have some entertainment and run out of idea, try Kranji Racecourse also known as Singapore Turf Club. It is much cheaper compare to gambling in Marina Bay Sands. A totally different experience and if you like horses, this is really a cool place for you to spend on a Friday evening!
I have never been to any horse racecourse before and I am not a gambler too. Never bought a lotto or toto in my life but been to few casinos, such as, Genting Casino, Las Vegas Casino, Bribane Casino, Melbourne Casino & Sydney Casino.
Admission to Turf Club Singapore
Admission to Turf Club Singapore is not free but it is not expensive, there are several packages to choose from:
- The Grandstand at Level 1 – You can purchase at the ticketing counter which cost SGD $8.00 or use your Eazylink card which cost SGD 6.00 by just tapping on the entry.
- Owners’ Lounge at Level 3 – only for Horse Owners and their invited guests.
- Tourist Lounge at Level 3 – SGD 118 admission for 2 pax and 4 course of set meal.
I choose the cheapest option which does not include any meal – The Grandstand at Level 1. Bring along your Eazylink card to get discounted price, SGD 2.00 lesser than paying at the counter.
Get Your Gadget Ready
Before entering to the racecourse, there is a small kiosk selling magazine for hores racing and pens and far-sighted glasses. There is no pen provided in the racecourse so you need to get your own pen in case you need to place your bet from the counter.
Horse racing magazines available both in English & Chinese.
Self Betting Kiosk
For frequent gambler, they used cards and can do it in the machine instead of going to the counter.
My First Bet
I have no glue how to place the bet, so I went to check with the staff. I found out the cheapest bet can be as low as SGD 2.00. I placed a SGD 5.00 bet on horse no 5. There are 12 horses to choose from. The staff asked me to study from the screens or read from the magazine but I didn’t, I just did a random pick on horse no 5.
My bet is number 5 ! Gold Kingdom
Gold Kingdom is a 2 year old chestnut colt, consisting of a reddish to brown coat with a beautiful mane.
How to Bet for a Beginner?
For a beginner, simply pick one horse to come in first, second or third. The minimum bet is SGD 2.00 . This is simple and easy to understand and also cheap to bet. Of course there are multiple ways of betting.
The Parade Ring
This is where the horses and riders parade before each race. It’s your opportunity to get a good look at the runners before you place your bets. The helper help to walk the horses out for the bettors to have a closer look at the horses before the race starts. I strongly encourage you to go the ring as it is really enjoyable to have watch the horses parading. If you notice closely at the horses they all look very different, especially their hairstyle.
Food Court 8
There are also tv screens showing information on the race in the Food court. Gambler does not want to miss any moment of the race.
Indoor and Outdoor Viewing
There are both indoor and outdoor viewing area. If you wanted to get closer to the horse, go outdoor but the downside is – it is a smoking area and bettors usually smoke. Indoor viewing area has aircondition if you prefer some cool air while watching the race.
Singapore Racecourse History
Kranji racecourse was first opened on year 2000, it i a 81.2 hectare racecourse cost SGD 500 million. It is a very impressive racecourse if you happen to see it with your own eyes.
The first Grandstand and track of Singapore racecourse was built in 1843 at Farrer Park. At first, only Burmese and Chinese ponies were used instead of Australian griffins horse were brought in for the very first time in 1880. But the racecourse make the second move to Bukit Timah in 1933 and only restricted to members and owners. Glad that it is now open to the public and entry is very affordable too.
No Fancy Hat in Singapore Racecourse
If you are expecting some pretty ladies with big fancy hats in the Grandstand, then you may get disappointed. There is none! Singapore racecourse is totally different experience. Well, I used to watch Australian racecourse on TV, such as Melbourne Cup but it’s nothing like that.
Total of 8 Racing
There racing all year round on every Friday and Sunday. I went on a Friday night. Arriving very early before the race started. The actual races started at around 6.30pm. There are about half an hour rest interval after each race. So the race end at around 10 pm plus.
Enjoy the Thrilled
Before the race start, everything seems to be very calm. However, once the race starts, the shouts and screams get louder especially before the horses reaching the ending line for the race. I was pretty shock at the tense atmosphere. At the same time, I was also thrilled and enjoy the fun of watching my bet Number 5 running in the race. Too bad my bet, Gold Kingdom did not win. Number 4 won instead!
Weighed in. Weighed Out.
Jockey usually ranged from 49-54 kg. So you will notice they are pretty petite. I spotted some female jockey too!
Each horse has to carry a certain amount of weight so to make sure that it does so, all jockeys must weigh out before a race and the difference will be made up by thin lead weights in a special saddle cloth. And after the race, the jockey must weigh in with all his kit, this is to make sure that the horse carried the right weight.
Parking in Singapore Turf Club
Parking is SGD 6.00 per entry – flat rate.
By MRT Train
Stop at Kranji MRT station and walk for few minutes to arrive in Singapore Turf Club.
Dress Code :
- Jogging shorts and singlets are NOT allowed.
- No sandles
Final thoughts :
Expect no fancy hats at Singapore Kranji Racecourse and one bet is never enough! My betting has make the race much more appealing and exciting. No winning no problem, the 5 dollars bet has brought a lot of pleasure and enjoyment for my Friday evening. Truly an unusual experience which I wanted to try since many years ago. Glad I have done it once!
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