Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club – Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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!

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

Horse racing magazines available both in English & Chinese.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

Betting Counter

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

Self Betting Kiosk

For frequent gambler,  they used cards and can do it in the machine instead of going to the counter.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

Food Court 8

The food court serve simple food such as Bak Kut Teh soup, wantan noodles, prawn noodles, fried bee hoon, fried noodles and Laksa.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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!

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

Parking in Singapore Turf Club

Parking is SGD 6.00 per entry – flat rate.

 

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

By MRT Train

Stop at Kranji MRT station and walk for few minutes to arrive in Singapore Turf Club.

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

Dress Code :

  • Jogging shorts and singlets are NOT allowed.
  • No sandles

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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!

Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club - Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!

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53 Replies to “Experience Horse Racing at Singapore Turf Club – Kranji Racecourse in Singapore Way!”

  1. Oh I love how detailed this was! I have never been to the race tracks and this opened my eyes to what it would look like.

    1. Dear Kourtnie,

      Thanks for your kind comment. Singapore racecourse is a total different experience, different from what I seen in other racecourse from tv. It was my first racecourse and good experience overall.

  2. Looks like you had a great day!!
    I love going to the track and I totally agree, even a small bet makes it so much more interesting and you’re invested in that race just a little bit more!!

  3. I have always wanted to watch horse racing live. It must have been so much fun to watch! Any idea why sandals aren’t allowed?

  4. I have also always wanted to watch horse racing live. 🙂 I am just a bit sceptical about horses and their lives…. I hope they are treating them well. They are not race cars, built for races…

    Thou… I love what you have written. I’d love to visit Singapore

    1. Dear Nina,

      You have brought up a interesting issue. Are the horses being treated well? I heard horses are developed as a species by running to survive. But again, running and racing is totally different thing. Racing is to run ahead of the herd and get rewarded. I am not sure racing make horse unhappy.

  5. I have never been to a racetrack but it does seem like something I should do once in my life. I don’t really like to gamble but it would be something unique to see!

    1. Dear Lili,

      Just bet as low as $2.00 won’t hurt your purse. But then I guess your worry is not to get hook and addicted to gambling. It was my first bet in my life and I already seem like addicted after the first bet! Lol.

  6. I have stayed in Singapore for quite some time but I never knew about the races. ahaha I guess the people that I hang out with are not into it. This is actually interesting. If I had known, I wouldn’t mind spending a day here 😀

  7. I’ve always wanted to attend horse racing as it seems to be a really thrilling experience. I love the pictures you posted there, as I didn’t know one can attend horse racing in Singapore.

    1. Dear Natalia,

      The racecourse in Singapore Turf Club is open to public every Friday evening from 6pm plus till 10.30 plus and Sunday afternoon. The entrance fees is very affordable, as low as SGD 6.00 if you use the public transport card Eazylink. Alternatively you can also pay cash SGD 8.00, SGD2.00 more.

  8. My husband was big on betting the horses. And they really do look different. It’s smart to check them out before betting.

  9. This is an interesting post indeed for those who enjoy watching horse racing! It isn’t something I really understand but it looks fun.

    1. Dear Elizabeth,

      It was my first experience to bet a horse too! I totally have no clue at first but pretty easy and fast to learn betting and no, I don’t wish to get addicted to the games. Once is enough for me!

  10. I’m not into horse racing but I’m interested to visit to see and experience the whole racing feeling. I heard the atmosphere is amazing and the food are also really nice. Will def. visit it next time I go to Singapore.

  11. I have never been experience to watch a real horse racing but it looks like a lot of fun to do but definitely not going to bet my money because I don’t have lucky in betting. Hahaha!

  12. This to me sounds like a perfect Friday night date! I love how detailed your post is – I was hanging onto every word as if we were chatting over coffee!! When we visit Singapore, we will be sure to visit here! The food at the food court sounds so delicious too!!!

    1. Dear Tamalyn,

      Thanks for your kind comment. Please note tha the Entrance is only for adult over 18 years old. You lovely pair of kids aren’t allowed to enter if you are traveling with them 🙂

    1. Dear Blair,

      I did a road trip covering almost whole UK last summer, been to Windsor to visit the Queen castle but did not get to see Ascot race. What ashamed as Ascot is just minutes away from Windsor 🙂 I should have checked Ascot race out while in England and see if the ladies are wearing fancy hats?? 🙂

  13. I never been to a race track, they are sort of popular here in Japan. But your easy-to-understand guide will help those who would like to try horseracing betting.

    1. Dear Ai,

      Glad to learn that horse racing in Japan is popular. Too bad I didn’t manage to watch any during my University years in Japan. And Singapore racecourse Turf Club is my first experience! 🙂

  14. This looks like it would be such an amazing experience. I have never been to a horse race before but have definitely heard that they are a lot of fun.

  15. The turf club looks like an interesting place to bring the family. Worth checking out when you’re in the area.

  16. Wow, this is a beautiful racecourse. I’ve been to 2 different horse racing track, but this images is preetier. One to check also in Singapore.

  17. Horse racing used to be a big event in the city where I live, but all of the race tracks have closed. I’d love to go and experience horse racing in person at least once.

  18. I’ve seen Kranji Racecourse,but still I haven’t got any chance to visit.Seems like interesting.I will plan a visit soon!

    1. I have never been to East Coast US, only been to the west coast such as California, Arizona and Neveda. America is too big to explore, California it self took me about 2 weeks to complete one round from San Diego to San Francisco.
      Thanks for letting me know about Charlestown horse racing and hopefully I have a chance to visit West Virginia soon. I would also love to see New River Gorge National River and take picture with the New River Bridge.

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