1786 Francis Light forms the
British Settlement on Penang Island (Prince of Wales
Island) in the name of the English East India
1805 Penang raised to the status of
a British Indian Presidency under the East India
1819 Stamford Raffles forms the
British Settlement on the island of Singapore
1826 Penang, Malacca and Singapore
joined together to form the Presidency of the
Straits Settlements with its capital in Penang.
1830 The Presidency of the Straits
Settlement reduced to a Residency under the direct
supervision of the East India Company's government
1831 The capital of the Straits
Settlements transferred from Penang to Singapore.
1842 Establishment of the Singapore
1864 Establishment of the Penang
1867 Transfer of control of the
Straits Settlements from India to the Colonial
Office, London. The opening of the Suez Canal.
1874 The Pangkor Engagement, by
which the British recognised Raja Abdullah as Sultan
of Perak and imposed a British Adviser (Resident) on
him. British adviser (Resident) also imposed on
1886 First Perak Turf Club formed
1896 Straits Racing Association
established. Creation of the Federated Malay States
(Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak and Selangor.
Selangor Turf Club established in Ampang.
1921 First Penang Gold Cup
1924 First Singapore Gold Cup
1926 Perak Turf Club moves to Ipoh
1933 Singapore Turf Club moves to
1939 Penang Turf Club moves to Batu
Gantong. First Selangor Gold Cup
1941 December -
Japan invades Malaya and Singapore.
1945 September -
British forces land in Penang and Singapore. Racing
resumes in Penang Turf Club with Grand Victory
Meeting at Batu Gantong on 29 September.
1946 April -
Singapore becomes a separate crown colony from
Straits Settlements and Malay States.
1957 Birth of the Federation of
1961 Straits Racing Association
becomes Malayan Racing Association. Racing
(Totalisator Board) Act - an act to provide the
establishment of a Totalisator Board with the powers
to conduct betting, equine research and to
establish, maintain and improve Turf Clubs.
1963 Singapore, British North
Borneo and Sarawak join Malaya to form the Malaysian
1965 Singapore separates from
Malaysia to become a Republic.
1993 Selangor Turf Club moves to
new racecourse in Sungei Besi.
Thirteen times champion trainer on the Malaysian
Singapore circuit Teh Choon Beng created history
by becoming the first trainer to become a
Committee Member of Penang Turf Club and the
Malayan Racing Association.
1999 September -
Singapore Turf Club moves to a new racecourse in
Kranji. Twilight racing begins.
2000 First running of Singapore
Airlines International Cup. Yang Di Pertua Negeri
Gold Cup becomes first million-ringgit race in
2002 November - Penang Turf Club
members vote to build a new ultra-modern racecourse.
Yang Di Pertua Negeri Gold Cup stakes increased to
2003 September - Astro Wah Lai Toi
sponsors Penang Sprint Trophy. Stakes increased to