KrisFlyer International Sprint

The KrisFlyer International Sprint is a Thoroughbred horse race held annually in mid May at Kranji Racecourse in Singapore. Contested on turf over a left-handed course, the International Group 1 sprint race is run over a distance 1200 meters (6 furlongs) and is open to horses age three and older. It currently offers a purse of S$1,000,000 (About US$800,000).

The KrisFlyer International Sprint is limited to fourteen starters with the following weight restrictions:

  • Northern Hemisphere 3-year-olds : 53.0 kg.
  • Southern Hemisphere 4 year-olds & upwards : 57.0 kg.
  • Filly/Mare allowance : 1.5 kg.

The race is named after frequent flyer program of the title sponsor Singapore Airlines and it is run on the same day as the Singapore Airlines International Cup.

For the first time, in 2001 the Kranji Racecourse hosted the Group 1 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Sprint. It was raced again the following year as a Group 3 event. The event was not run again until 2008 and the race has continued since then.

From 2011 the KrisFlyer International Sprint will become part of the Global Sprint Challenge Series. The race is the third leg of the series, preceded by the Takamatsunomiya Kinen and followed by the King's Stand Stakes.

In winning the 2002 edition, North Boy set a new Kranji course record for six furlongs which was bettered by Takeover Target in 2008 and then in 2009 Hong Kong's Sacred Kingdom broke the course record again with the time of 1:07.8.

WinnersEdit

Year
Winner (Country)
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
2001 Iron Mask (FRA) 3 Olivier Doleuze Criquette Head Wertheimer et Frere 1:09.8
2002 North Boy (AUS) 3 Greg Childs Tony McEvoy P. B. Devitt et al. 1:09.0
2008 Takeover Target (AUS) 8 Jay Ford Joe Janiak Joe & Ben Janiak 1:08.82
2009 Sacred Kingdom (HKG) 5 Brett Prebble Ricky Yiu Sin Kang Yuk 1:07.8
2010 Green Birdie (HKG) 6 Mark Du Plessis Caspar Fownes Roger Li Ka Chun 1:09.62
2011 Rocket Man (SIN) 5 Felix Coetzee Patrick Shaw Alfredo L. A. Crabbia 1:09.14
2012 Ato (SIN) 5 Barend Vorster Patrick Shaw Newbury Racing Stable 1:10.57
2013 Lucky Nine (HKG) 6 Brett Prebble Caspar Fownes Dr Chang Fuk To & Maria Chang Lee Ming Shum 1:08.71
2014 Lucky Nine (HKG) 7 Brett Prebble Caspar Fownes Dr Chang Fuk To & Maria Chang Lee Ming Shum 1:08.15
2015 Aerovelocity (HKG) 6 Zac Purton Paul O'Sullivan Daniel Yeung Ngai 1:09.05

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