Racing enthusiasts can expect exhilarating action at the Singapore Racecourse on Sunday, 10 April 2011 with the running of the JBBA Moonbeam Vase. The inaugural race sponsored by Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association (JBBA) will see thoroughbreds aged three years and above compete for the prizemoney of $200,000. The Group 3 race will be run on turf over 1,800m at 5.30pm in Race 10.
In addition to the prizemoney, the winning owner and trainer will win a trip to the 2011 Hokkaido 2-year-old Training Sale in Sapporo in May with compliments from JBBA. To commemorate their triumph, JBBA will present the winning owner, trainer and jockey with a Seiko watch each. There will also be a bonus of $50,000 and $10,000 awarded to the winning owner and trainer respectively if the winning horse is Japanese-bred and has a record of being sold at a sale in Japan.
The Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association is a national organisation that supports racehorse breeders in Japan. One of its key roles is to promote Japanese horses outside of Japan.
Said Mr Yu Pang Fey, President and Chief Executive, Singapore Turf Club: “We are delighted to have Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association sponsor the inaugural JBBA Moonbeam Vase. This sponsorship will certainly strengthen our partnership with JBBA and promote Japanese-bred horses to the local racing industry.”
Said Dr. Keiji Nishimura, Executive Vice-President, Japan Bloodhorse Breeders’ Association: "The JBBA is extremely honoured and pleased to be involved with an association as prestigious as the Singapore Turf Club. We hope it will be a successful race with many exciting runners."
Last year’s Moonbeam Vase was won by SUPER GOLD, ridden by John Powell and trained by Sam Chua.