Veterinary Reports

Veterinary Reports

“Bleeder” is a term given to a horse that has blood present from one or both sides of its nose after strenuous exercise such as racing or galloping during training. To be classified as a bleeder, the blood must come from the horse’s lung (hence the name Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage or EIPH) and not just from a nose bleed. To confirm that a horse is a bleeder, its upper airway (throat and windpipe) is are examined with a camera called an endoscope. If the horse is confirmed as a bleeder, the rules of racing stipulate a compulsory period of recovery time in which the horse cannot race.

When a horse is referred to as being a “Roarer” it relates to a condition termed Laryngeal Hemiplegia which is caused by a malfunctioning nerve that causes one side of the horse’s voice box to not open during breathing. This causes abnormal airflow in the throat and the horse makes a roaring sound during faster exercise – hence the name Roarer. It also reduces the amount of air the horse breathes in and therefore potentially affects its performance during racing. The condition can be treated with a surgical procedure that permanently holds the malfunctioning side of the voice box out of the way.

The term Gelding refers to a horse that has been surgically castrated. The procedure is often performed on male horses to assist with both stable management and safety in addition to improving a horse’s ability to relax and focus when racing.

Lameness is a term used to describe abnormal movement in a horse, in one or more legs. Lameness in horses is usually caused by pain, making the horse reluctant to put a normal amount of pressure on a leg, however lameness can also be caused by nerve damage or anatomical changes in a leg. Lameness is a common cause of decreased racing performance in horses and is a sign of a possible significant injury to a leg.

Respiratory disease covers a range of medical conditions that affect the airways of horses. The usual signs of respiratory disease include coughing, discharge from the nose or mucous and pus noted in the horses windpipe (trachea) when examined with a camera called an endoscope. Respiratory disease can be caused by bacterial or viral infections (in a similar way to a cold or flu in humans) or allergies to the horse’s surroundings.

Orthopedic surgery refers to any surgery to bones, ligaments or tendons. In racehorses the two most common types are arthroscopic surgery where a small camera is inserted into a horses joint using key hole surgery to remove chip fractures or damaged cartilage in the joint and fracture repair where screws and occasionally metal plates are inserted into broken bones.

Upper airway surgery is any surgery performed within the throat of a horses. Depending on the condition being treated it can be performed standing with a laser or under general anesthetic either through the mouth or via a skin incision on the neck. The most common upper airway surgeries in horses are Tie Back operations for Roarers (the horses airway opening does not work properly and causes an obstruction to breathing) and Epiglottis Entrapment surgery where part of the opening to the trachea gets caught in a piece of tissue.




A modern, fully equipped facility and is staffed by qualified and experienced Equine Veterinary Surgeons.

Veterinary Hospital

The Singapore Turf Club Veterinary Hospital is a modern, fully equipped facility and is staffed by qualified and experienced Equine Veterinary Surgeons, which includes a number of registered specialists.Owners and trainers of visiting horses can expect the full range and quality of veterinary services available at any major racing centre.

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Veterinary Research

Singapore Turf Club is a unique environment with an enclosed racing thoroughbred population, and a combined clinical and regulatory Veterinary Clinic. Accurate records on all examinations, workload history, and race and trial records are also kept going back several years. This has lead to a very valuable database that can now be tapped for high quality retrospective studies advancing veterinary knowledge and animal welfare. It is now recognized veterinary research also has valuable application in Human Medicine, with the unique model at STC already recognized as potentially a valuable research environment into the debilitating human osteo-arthritis syndrome The potential also exists for high quality prospective investigations in the future.

Some research projects of note:

Endoscopic view pre and post surgery for epiglottic entrapment
Endoscopic view pre and post surgery for epiglottic entrapment

This is a common condition whereby a fold of tissue entraps the epiglottis. Previous research had been conflicting as to the effect on performance, and whether the surgery should or should not be performed. The study done at the STC confirmed that there was definitely a significant deleterious effect on race performance, and post surgery performance would not only be improved, but horses would go on to have normal race careers.

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Typical clinical and radiological presentation of “tropical joint syndrome”
Typical clinical and radiological presentation of “tropical joint syndrome”

Any veterinarian or horseman working in the racing industry in Asia would be well aware of this syndrome of bony exostosis in the bones around one or both front fetlocks. A description of the condition with a survey of veterinarians was published, along side data that would reassure all that once diagnosed, horses still go on to have normal race careers, and are not at risk of suffering any further potentially catastrophic injury.

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Dr Shaw presenting STC abstract and data from the WEVA congress Verona 2019
Dr Shaw presenting STC abstract and data from the WEVA congress Verona 2019

Racing prognosis following carpal (knee) arthroscopy

Racing prognosis following carpal (knee) arthroscopy. Presented as an abstract at the WEVA (World Equine Veterinary Association) congress in Verona, Italy, Oct 2019, this research shed new light on the prognosis of horses following surgery, and possible strategies to improve this. Significantly, the radio-carpal (top) joint had a much better prognosis than the inter-carpal (bottom) joint. Also, post surgery intra articular cortisone had a negative effect on clinical outcome. Of interest, the size of fragment and degree of radiological osteoarthritis were not important .In the future, we may look to better rehabilitation programs and longer spells following surgery (up to 6-9 months) to improve results, especially with the inter-carpal (bottom) joint surgery.

(Publication pending)

Connections of visiting horses should refer to the shippers for details on compulsory government requirements (certifications, vaccinations, blood testing, veterinary examinations, etc.) and for requirements for return to their home countries.Medication and Prohibited Subtances The Malayan Racing Association Rules of Racing require horses to be free of prohibited substances.

Trials/Tests Schedule & Results

Trials/Tests Schedule & Results

Trials : :

Start Time
# - Horse Name - Desc Type MRA Brand Gear Rtg Wt C. Wt Bar Jockey Trainer Owner Pl Margin LBW Finish Time Pass / Fail Remarks Sire Dam



All trainers in Singapore are licensed by the Malayan Racing Association. Most of them have numerous years of experience in training either in Singapore or in their own respective countries.

The Club is constantly encouraging top overseas trainers to set up training operations in Singapore to further improve the quality of racing and to provide owners with more choices.

Trainers' Directory

Stewards’ Report

Stewards’ Report

Standard Time

Standard Time

Turf Track (Track No. 1)

Polytrack (Track No. 2)

Stables & Facilities

Stables & Facilities

Our Racing Stables at the racecourse are fitted to high standards and have the capacity to stable over 1,600 horses.


Racing Stables
Our Racing Stables at the racecourse are fitted to high standards and have the capacity to stable over 1,600 horses. The environment is safe and comfortable with a proportional mix of air-conditioned and naturally ventilated stables to accommodate the needs of different horses.
Resting Stables
Horses needing a short break can do so at our Resting Stables also located at the racecourse. Our Resting Stables are naturally ventilated, have individual sand paddock to each stall and are a relaxing difference to the Racing Stables. Up to 80 horses can be accommodated at our Resting Stables.
International Stables
These stables are located in the club itself and we use them for international races and pre-export quarantine/isolation for horses exporting overseas.
Quarantine Stables
These stables are located off-site in Neo Tiew and they are used to quarantine new imports.

Equine Pool

Approximately 500 horses use the swimming pool every morning and afternoon as part of their weekly training schedule. The water pH and chlorine levels are constantly monitored to ensure consistent good water quality for the pool, which is fitted with a double filtration system with pre filter and sand filter.

Pool 1 (Old Equine Pool)
70m in length, 6.5m width and 3m depth

Pool 2 (New Equine Pool)
72m in length, 8m width and 3m depth

Equine pool operating hours:

Monday to Friday: 6.00am to 10.00am (Pool 1 and 2); and 1.00pm to 4.00pm (Pool 2 only)
Saturday and Public Holiday: 6.00am to 10.00am (Pool 1 and 2); and 1.00pm to 4.00pm (Pool 2 only)
Sunday: 7.00am to 10.00am (Pool 1 only)

Racing Guides

Racing Guides


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Find out what are the Racing Terms with the help of the Racing Glossary!

Glossary Description
This register seeks to provide participants with a record of approved gear for usage in Malaysia and Singapore.

General – MRA Regulation 1.13

(a) Any additional gear not referred to in the regulations, shall not be worn by a horse in a race without the prior
written approval and permission of the Stipendiary Stewards.

(b) Any gear approved and used on a horse in a race shall continue to be used on that horse without variation until permission to the contrary has been obtained from the Stipendiary Stewards.
(c) The Stipendiary Stewards may inspect any saddlery, general equipment and gear which is to be carried in a race. Any defective equipment found may be confiscated.
(d) No person shall use or attempt to use defective equipment in a race. The person having charge of an Apprentice in a particular race shall be responsible for ensuring that such Apprentice’s equipment is not defective.
(e) When any horse is equipped in a way which may, in their opinion, be harmful to a horse in a race or when such equipment may, in their opinion, adversely affect the running of such horse, the Stipendiary Stewards may:
(1) Order the equipment concerned to be replaced or removed;
(2) Withdraw the horse from the race.

Stipendiary Stewards are employed to assist in the control of racing and to ensure that licensed persons adhere to the MRA Rules and Regulations.

The Stipendiary Stewards duties include:- officiating at race meetings; conducting barrier trials; attending track work; stable inspections; horse and human drug testing; apprentice jockey training; licensing matters; assessment of licenses; race day and non race day inquiries; other relevant tasks.

Race Results

Race Results

  100m Segment Race Cumulative
Colour # - Horse Name - Desc Time (s) Dist (m) Off Rail (m) Avg (km/h) Time (s) Peak (km/h) Avg (km/h) Dist (m) Margin (L)
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