• 6 Feb
- The Straits Times reported
that a former employee of the STC who duped horse owners and
levied phony import fees on owners for years was jailed for five
months on 5 Feb 2008. The Singapor Turf Club
charges about S$1,425 (excluding goods and services tax) for the
import of horses and forbade any cash payments to its employees.
All fees paid to the Club are to be handled by the Singapore
Turf Club Finance Department.
• 31 Jan
It is most unfortunate that just when
things were running smooth and well, that Equine Sanctuary has
to cease its spelling operations at Horsecity due to unforeseen
It was a horse
spelling facility in Singapore, set up by Mr Eric Koh, an
ex-Stipendiary Steward with the Singaore Turf Club for 5 years, and was built
in mind to create the optimal environment to allow gradual
healing (through rest) of thoroughbred horses while keeping them
in close proximity to their trainers and owners in Singapore.
Sanctuary is presently in talks to obtain suitable land to
continue its spelling operations. Meanwhile, their quarantine and stable management
services remain in full operation and their quest to provide
quality services and one-stop solution for the equine industry
remains a top priority.
Eric Koh at the spelling
• 20 Jan
- TOAST President,
Treasurer and two other members attended the RDA @ The Races, a
fund-raising event organized by the Riding for the Disabled
Association Singapore (RDA) which raised an amount of
$100,000 for charity. "Lim’s Fighter", ridden
by Jockey Din Aziz, won the S$125,000 RDA Cup Open, 1400m on turf
track. "Lim's Fighter" paid S$12 for a win and
S$5 for a place.
• 19 Jan
- "Oneninetyfive", winner of the Singapore Turf Club's
3-year-old Sprint Cup 2008, and is owned by
“Key to Success” Stable comprising of TOAST members Ms
Esther Ko, Mr Calvin Koh, trainer Mr Brian Dean and two others.
“Oneninetyfive” was bought as a yearling at the Adelaide
Magic Millions Yearling sale in 2006.
Since coming to Singapore, “Oneninetyfive”
has proven to be something “special”. So far after 6 starts
he had 4 wins and 2 seconds including a hattrick and the Group 3
3-year-old sprint. The
owners feel very fortunate to have such an exciting horse in
their first venture together.
Owners, trainer and
jockey accepting their prizes after
"Oneninetyfive" won the 2008 Singapore
• 7 Jan
- We were honoured and
pleased that Seoul Racehorse Owners Associaton (SROA),
represented by its President, Mr Sung-Hyun Nam, and his son, Mr
Y S Nam, met up with TOAST President and Treasurer for lunch.
During the lunch meeting, Mr Sung-Hyun Nam briefed TOAST
on their organizational set-up. SROA has a membership of 484 and 1,600
horses at present. Their membership target is 500. There are 700
owners and 1,000 horses in Singapore. All horse owners in Korea must be members of SROA.
Their membership is by invitation only and applicants are
assessed based on their financial credibility and status by a panel of Committee members from the Korea Racing Association (KRA) and SROA.
history in Korea can be traced back to May 1898. KRA, under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture
and Forestry, conducts horse racing with thoroughbreds and
native Jeju pony racing in Seoul Racecourse and Jeju Racecourse
respectively. The third
racecourse, Busan Racecourse, for thoroughbreds was opened in
Apr 2005. The
annual turnover for Korean racing is USD 6 billion as compared
to Singapore’s S$2 billion. In Korea, there are presently 56 horse trainers and about 70
local jockeys including 3 Japanese jockeys and 2 to 3 Australian
After the lunch, TOAST brought them to visit Mr
Soong Tze Ming (Senior Vice President, Racing at the Singapore
Turf Club) for a
courtesy call, followed by a tour around the Singapore Turf Club
premises and a visit to
trainer Dr Yeoh Kheng Chye’s stables.
• 23 Dec
Commands”, formerly owned by TOAST Trust No. 6 and now stabled
at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club (BTSC), was loaned out to Mr Bernard Chow and Ms Sze Chee Neu,
who are both passionate about horses, for their wedding photo
taking at BTSC.
photos of Mr Bernard Chow and Ms Sze Chee Neu taken with
"Prima Commands" at BTSC.
• 16 Dec
TOAST congratulates our TOAST
member, Mr Mave Yeo and Champagne Stable, who owned “Big
Maverick”, the “outsider” horse that won the S$200,000
Stewards’ Cup Group 3 (3YO) 1400m on turf track. Ridden
by Sam Subian, "Big Maverick" beat 13 other horses to
pay a dividend S$231 for a win and S$58 for a place.
Mr Mave Yeo with
connections of Champagne Stable leading in the 2007
Stewards' Cup winner, "Big Maverick".
• 10 Nov
2007 - We
are pleased that another photographer, Mr Yeo Wee Han, whose
images have been published regularly in the Straits Times,
Winning Post and the Singapore Turf Club (STC)’s official
website, has been authorized by the STC to sell racing winning
photos to owners, trainers and jockeys. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
or website: www.tripeaksimagery.com
and h/p: +65 9795 7296 if you do need his services.
Mr Yeo Wee Han, a regular professional
photographer at the Singapore races.
2 Nov 2007 - Our Committee Member, Ms
Yuki Otani, assisted Bukit Timah Saddle Club (BTSC) to organize
for 33 BTSC members and their friends to a night of thrill
and excitement at the Singapore Kranji races. They had great fun
and enjoyed watching the night racing. Hopefully, it will
attract their interest in having a stake in owning a
racehorse in the near future.
to right) Ms Diane Swinfield, Mr Gary Swinfield, Mr
Dominic Howard and Ms Beccy Wright
to right) Ms Catrina von Stegmann, Ms Julie Burridge, Ms Jenny Leach and Ms Melanie Burr
(seated from left to right) Mr Nigel Race,
Mr Jeff Davidson, Ms Claire
Davidson and Ms Mette Lowe (standing from left to right) Ms
Constance Cheng and Ms Yuki Otani
• 13 Aug 2007 - TOAST Trust No.8 has
been terminated. The
horse, “Silver Purple” was put down on veterinary grounds.
• 27 Jun 2007 - TOAST Trust No.10
horse, “Xenolith Gold”, has a knee operation. It would be out of action for about 6 months
• 25 May 2007 - TOAST
Trust No. 9 horse, “Kamsky”, when ridden by Jockey App H K
Lim, beat 7 other horses in a Kranji Stakes C, 1600m on turf
track. "Kamsky" paid S$74 for a win and S$15 for a place.
Trust No. 9 stakeholders, TOAST Committee and trainer Dr Yeoh Kheng Chye leading in "Kamsky" after winning the
Kranji Stakes C.
• 30 Apr 2007 - TOAST thanks Mrs Lily
Ho for the preparation of the TOAST Statement of Accounts for
year of assessment 2006-2007 and members Ms Esther Ko and Mr Lim Swee Ann, who
volunteered to audit the TOAST Statement of Accounts for year of
• 1 Apr 2007 - TOAST member, Mr
Bernard Lee’s horse, “Forbidden City”, was involved in an
unfortunate fatal accident at the race and was subsequently put
down. TOAST had provided a supporting letter via e-mail to the Singapore
Turf Club for Mr Bernard
Lee to be indemnified for his loss of “Forbidden City” and
is pleased to see it being successfully resolved.
TOAST is also pleased to see that Singapore Turf Club is
now using a white tape instead of the previously used black tape
after this incident, as horses are colour-blind and it
is even worse when they get panicky.
• 5 Mar 2007 - TOAST Trust No. 7 has
been terminated. The
horse, “Bolnisi Gold”, has been put down due to slab
fracture in his right knee joint.
Despite its short life span, its race performance,
including 3 wins out of 9 races, gave stakeholders much fun and
Gold” was a gutsy horse, always tried its best and gave a hard
run. Jockey Calder
commented it could not walk on returning to the stable after its last race.
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