New Singpapore series for Aussie bred

A $S1 million series of two-year-old races will be held in Singapore from next year as an incentive for owners to buy Australian-bred horses.

The series is backed by Australian industry body Aushorse, which represents the breeders of Australia, and sales companies Inglis and Magic Millions.

From February to April 2011, there will be six lead-up races followed by the Group Two Aushorse Singapore Golden Horseshoe over 1200m in May.

“The progress of Singapore racing to world status has been as rapid as it has been exciting,” Aushorse chief executive Peter McGauran said.

“Australian breeders are proud to join in partnership with the Singapore Turf Club to bring racegoers an exciting new development with the launch of a Two-Year-Old race series culminating in the Aushorse Golden Horseshoe.”

Singapore Turf Club president and chief executive Yu Pang Fey said the club was delighted to continue its association with Australian-bred horses.
“With a number of Singapore’s best performed racehorses over the years, including current stars Rocket Man and Better Than Ever, being Australian-bred we can look forward to watching future stars from this new batch of young horses on our shores for many years to come,” he said.

Magic Millions and Inglis will each sponsor two of the lead-up races with Aushorse arranging sponsorship of the remaining two with each race having a bonus attached.

The six races will be open to all two-year-olds trained in Singapore, but only Australian-sired horses offered for sale through one of the two auction houses will be in contention for any of the bonus on offer.

If a non-Australian sired or sold horse wins any of the six lead-up races, the bonus will then jackpot to the Golden Horseshoe.

Should a non-Australian sired or sold horse win that race the remaining bonus money will then be paid to the connections of the Australian-sired and sold horse that won the greatest amount of prizemoney during the series.