Selangor is the most developed state in Malaysia – home to the sophisticated Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the renowned Sepang International Racing Circuit as well as containing Kuala Lumpur, the economic hub of Malaysia, and Putrajaya, the country’s administrative capital, within its boundaries. With a population exceeding 4 million, Selangor is propelled by urban growth and commercialisation, evident in the large numbers of shopping centres, business complexes and industrial areas. Hence, Selangor is the richest state in Malaysia.
Selangor first started out as a territory under the Malaccan Sultanate. Then once Malacca fell to the Portuguese and then the Dutch, the Bugis people from Sulawesi came and settled in Selangor. In the late 18th century, Selangor’s economy boomed as a result of the growing tin industry and demand for rubber. A large population of Chinese immigrants arrived but were entrenched in a civil war, disrupting the precious mining and rubber trade. The British took the opportunity to seize control of the state, restored order and prospered Selangor.
After the war, it became part of Malaysia on Independence Day. Today, Selangor is a modern state equipped with the latest facilities and infrastructure. Citizens from across Malaysia flock to Selangor (and Kuala Lumpur) to work and start businesses.
The Selangor Turf Club is one of the three horse racing clubs in Malaysia. Founded in the late-19th century, the turf cub was originally located off Ampang Road in a suburb north of the old town of Kuala Lumpur. In 1988, the club relocated to the newly constructed Sungei Besi Racecourse complex. Its original site was later cleared for the construction of the Petronas Towers and the adjoining Kuala Lumpur City Centre megaproject.
The Selangor Turf Club hosts about 30 race days a year, which a racing season that begins from January to December. The main feature would be the Triple Crown Series, which carries a grand purse of RM2.7 million. Popularly known as “Where Sprinters Meet Stayers”, the Triple Crown Series is made up of three races featuring different distances like the Tunku Gold Cup race, which is set over a distance of 1,200 metres. The Selangor Gold Cup and the Piala Emas Sultan Selangor races are run over distances of 1,600 metres and 2,000 metres. The first leg starts in February while the second and third legs are held in March and June respectively.
At the conclusion of the series, the one horse that captures all the three legs will be entitled to a RM500,000 special bonus and since its inception in 2003, no other horse has managed to capture the honour.