11 June 2003 – Two exciting new races will be held at the Singapore Racecourse this July. The Lianhe Zaobao Cup and The New Paper Trophy, with prize money worth $100,000 each, will make their debut on Sunday, 6 July 2003 and Friday, 25 July 2003 respectively. Both races are sponsored by the Singapore Press Holdings, specially in conjunction with the eightieth anniversary celebrations of the Chinese national daily Lianhe Zaobao.
"In recent years, the popularity of horse-racing as a sporting event has increased, and SPH is pleased to support it. Both Lianhe Zaobao and The New Paper have strong in-depth coverage of the races, which is well received by our readers. Given that it is Lianhe Zaobao’s eightieth anniversary this year, we wanted to do something special. These two races at the Singapore Racecourse have provided us with an excellent platform, and we have the Singapore Turf Club to thank," said Tham Khai Wor, Executive Vice President, SPH Marketing Division.
Commented Mr Yu Pang Fey, President and Chief Executive of the Singapore Turf Club: "We are delighted that Singapore Press Holdings is sponsoring two races at Kranji in July. This will certainly be a major boost for Singapore racing and will provide additional thrills for racing fans. The Singapore Turf Club and Singapore Press Holdings have long enjoyed a symbiotic working relationship and the Lianhe Zaobao Cup and The New Paper Trophy further cements the excellent ties between both organisations."
The Lianhe Zaobao Cup and The New Paper Trophy, both to be run over 1,400 metres, will be Class 1 races and are set to attract the best of local sprinters. Look out for some top-flight racing action on Sunday, 6 July for the Lianhe Zaobao Cup (Race 7) at about 4.35pm and on Friday, 25 July (Race 5) at about 8.30pm for The New Paper Trophy.
Not forgetting loyal readers, SPH is holding a contest in Lianhe Zaobao and The New Paper respectively, which give readers of each newspaper a chance to win a pair of complimentary passes to enjoy the respective races and a buffet meal in the exclusive @Hibiscus room at the Singapore Racecourse. Thirty such special packages stand to be won, courtesy of the Singapore Turf Club. Contest details can be found in Lianhe Zaobao on 11 June 2003 and in The New Paper in early July.
Jointly issued by Singapore Press Holdings and Singapore Turf Club
For more information (press only), please contact:
Tan Wee Hoon
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Toh Bee Lin
Executive (Corporate Communications)
Singapore Turf Club
DID: 6879 1705