Off To The Races – Don’t Get Caught Up!

I have been to Race Course Road many times for Apollo Banana Leaf Indian curry meal but have never really pondered the origin of its name. Did you know that Race Course Road was so named because that’s where our first racecourse was located, Farrer Park? The Singapore Turf Club (STC) was founded in 1842 as the Singapore Sporting Club to operate the Serangoon Road Race Course at Farrer Park. The move to its previous premises at Bukit Timah in 1933 was opened by Sir Cecil Clementi Smith, who was then the governor of Singapore. It is today the only horse-racing club in Singapore.

The Singapore Turf Club is the agent and proprietary club of the Tote Board, Singapore, who manages and directs its donation of surplus funds for charitable purposes. It is also the principal sponsor for SSO. The first race was held on 23 February 1843 when prizemoney on offer was only $150. In 1924, the Club changed its name to the Singapore Turf Club. This was done to reflect its role as a horse racing club more accurately. The Club moved to Bukit Timah in 1933 before relocating to its present location at the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji in 1999. The racecourse is adjacent to Kranji MRT Station. Racing is staged all-year round on almost every Fridays and Sundays.

A feature of the racing calendar is the S$3 million Group 1 Singapore Airlines International Cup (SAIC), which was first held in 2000 in conjunction with the opening of the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji. It is held in May, coupled with its sister sprint race, the S$1 million KrisFlyer International Sprint. Both events are part of the Singapore International Racing Festival (SIRF), which will be attended by some of the world’s top owners, jockeys and trainers.
Info credit – Wikipedia

Valerie and Vanessa with one of our race horses in Bukit Timah a few months prior to its move to the new premise at Kranji in 1999.

Valerie and Vanessa with one of our race horses in Bukit Timah a few months prior to its move to the new premise at Kranji in 1999.

STC moved to its new premise at Kranji  in August 1999.

STC moved to its new premise at Kranji in August 1999.

Here I am - 14 years later on 20th August 2013.

Here I am – 14 years later on 20th August 2013.

Meet Michael Tan. He is an appointed racing steward and has been one for the past 14 years.  He was my host that day. Racing stewards are officials of the race meeting responsible for enforcing the rules of racing.

Meet Michael Tan.
He is an appointed racing steward and has been one for the past 14 years.
He was my host that day.
Racing stewards are officials of the race meeting responsible for enforcing the rules of racing.

Let's follow Michael into the mounting enclosure or parade ring.<br />This is where the the horses are paraded for the officials, the public and the horses owners prior to the race.<br />The jockeys will mount the horses here before heading onto the track.<br />After the race is run, the horses return to the enclosure and the jockeys dismount and take their saddles to ‘weigh in’.<br />The winners return to the enclosure for photos and presentations (if any).<br />The big prize winners will be presented in the Champagne Room.

Let’s follow Michael into the mounting enclosure or parade ring.
This is where the the horses are paraded for the officials, the public and the horses’ owners prior to the race.
The jockeys will mount the horses here before heading onto the track.
After the race is run, the horses return to the enclosure and the jockeys dismount and take their saddles to ‘weigh in’.
The winners return to the enclosure for photos and presentations (if any).
The big prize winners will be presented in the Champagne Room.

Click on photos below for full view as well as some commentary.

There were 11 races that day so I would be spending a whole afternoon with friends. Boy, am I hungry but what's there to eat in a racing club?

There were 11 races that day so I would be spending a whole afternoon with friends.
Boy, am I hungry but what’s there to eat in a racing club?

Let's check out the menu. Lunch and Tea would be served.

Let’s check out the menu.
Lunch and Tea would be served.

The spread was quite impressive. Will they taste as good?

The spread was quite impressive.
Will they taste as good?

Chunky Halibut Fillet with a blanket of Tapenade. The fish was so fresh, you can taste the ocean. Tapenade is a Provencal dish consisting of puréed or finely minced anchovies,  capers, olives and olive oil. Its name comes from the Provencal word for capers, tapenas.

Chunky Halibut Fillet with a blanket of Tapenade.
The fish was so fresh, you can taste the ocean.
Tapenade is a Provencal dish consisting of puréed or finely minced anchovies, capers, olives and olive oil. Its name comes from the Provencal word for capers, tapenas.

Mesclun Greens. Mesclun aka Spring Mix or Mixed Baby Greens, is just about any mix of tender young greens that range in colors, textures, and flavors; sweet, bitter, peppery, pungent, tender and crisp.

Mesclun Greens.
Mesclun aka Spring Mix or Mixed Baby Greens, is just about any mix of tender young greens that range in colors, textures, and flavors; sweet, bitter, peppery, pungent, tender and crisp.

Marinated Baby Octopus with Tangy Sauce. I liked the succulent octopus. They were juicy and had some spring in every bite.

Marinated Baby Octopus with Tangy Sauce.
I liked the succulent octopus. They were juicy and had some spring in every bite.

Baked Sweet Potato with grilled Mediterranean Vegetables. A diiferent take on salads.

Baked Sweet Potato with grilled Mediterranean Vegetables.
A diiferent take on salads.

Cumin Spices Roasted Corn Kernels with Caramelised Onion in Small Fish. Well they weren't in small fish but had crispy fried silver baits. I was picking at the baits at the salad bar, shhh...

Cumin Spices Roasted Corn Kernels with Caramelised Onion in Small Fish.
Well they weren’t in small fish but had crispy fried silver baits.
I was picking at the baits at the salad bar, shhh…

Blanched Fresh Green Beans with Oval Cherry Tomatoes and Feta Cheese. Refreshing on the palette!

Blanched Fresh Green Beans with Oval Cherry Tomatoes and Feta Cheese.
Refreshing on the palette!

On my plate from top clockwise:  1) Blanched Fresh Green Beans with Oval Cherry Tomatoes and Feta Cheese. 2) Marinated Baby Octopus with Tangy Sauce. 3) Gabanzo Bean with a touch of Indian Spices. 4) Chunky Halibut Fillet with a blanket of Tapenade. 5) Cured Assorted Mushrooms with Spicy Hoisin Sauce. 6) Cumin Spices Roasted Corn Kernels with Caramelised Onion in Small Fish.

On my plate from top clockwise:
1) Blanched Fresh Green Beans with Oval Cherry Tomatoes and Feta Cheese.
2) Marinated Baby Octopus with Tangy Sauce.
3) Gabanzo Bean with a touch of Indian Spices.
4) Chunky Halibut Fillet with a blanket of Tapenade.
5) Cured Assorted Mushrooms with Spicy Hoisin Sauce.
6) Cumin Spices Roasted Corn Kernels with Caramelised Onion in Small Fish.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the first part of my Sunday. My actual lunch and tea break photos will be posted tomorrow.

I’m off to bed this time, hoping to catch some zzzZ (haven’t been able to get quality rest lately) 😉

Singapore Turf Club
Address: 1 Turf Club Ave,
Singapore 738078.
Tel:6879 1000.

Racing days: Fridays and Sundays.

Happy outing 🙂

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Comments
6 Responses to “Off To The Races – Don’t Get Caught Up!”
  1. You have not changed, my friend. You have retained your youthfulness. Must be all the good food you eat. 😀

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    In the photo of you holding the menu, I’ve just noticed the guy behind you with his fingers up in the air. 🙂

    • Sam Han says:

      That was a racing guide, lol… He’s Adrian, one of my good buddy (appeared in my posts, several times). Remember him from Robert Timms? Have a good break Draco and I’ll see you soon 😀

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