Singapore’s Kranji Mile elevated to International Group 3 status


The Singapore Turf Club announced that the Kranji Mile (1600m) will be run as an International Group 3 race from 2020.

Revamped in the last two years as a domestic Group 1 race with an Invitational status open to a restricted number of overseas runners, the Kranji Mile was elevated to its raised status from Listed Restricted to International Group 3 by the Asian Pattern Committee of the Asian Racing Federation on October 2nd.

The approval was thereafter endorsed by the International Grading and Race Planning Advisory Committee (IRPAC) in Paris on October 5th and was ratified by the Society of International Thoroughbred Auctioneers (SITA) on November 5th.

Formerly run as the first Leg to the Singapore Triple Crown series, the Kranji Mile was shifted out from the series and introduced as an Invitational race in 2017, with the objective of eventually becoming an International Group race, in a bid to restore international racing in Singapore.

The two editions of the Kranji Mile in 2017 and 2018, both run in May as a Saturday twilight meeting alongside the domestic Group 1 Lion City Cup (1200m), were captured by the Casper Fownes trained Southern Legend from Hong Kong.

Southern Legend and Zac Purton winning the Kranji Mile, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club
Southern Legend and Zac Purton winning the Kranji Mile, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club

The 2020 International Group 3 Kranji Mile is scheduled for May 23, 2020, with the Lion City Cup run on the same night.