Hooves, Hats, and High Stakes

The Coronation Cup Returns to Perak

by Anne Das (Photos by PRTC)

Get ready to mark your calendars and dust off your finest hats because the Perak Coronation Cup is on! This year, the most prestigious annual classic race for Class 1 thoroughbreds aged three and older will take place on Sunday, November 5th, 2023.

It’s an event that encapsulates the essence of Perak’s rich racing heritage and promises an exhilarating day for all

In commemoration of HRH Paduka Seri Sultan Azlan Shah’s 25th anniversary on the throne, a grand celebration took place at the Perak Turf Club in 2009. As part of the festivities, a ‘Best Hat’ contest was organised, and in this photo, the winner, Datin Caroline Wong, receives the winning envelope from HRH Sultan of Perak.

The Perak Coronation Cup is not just another horse race; it’s a cherished tradition that’s been galloping through our history for 38 years. Inaugurated in 1985, this event commemorates the installation of the late HRH Sultan Azlan Shah as the Sultan of Perak. It’s a link to our past, a tribute to our present, and a beacon for our shared future. As the horses’ thunder down the track, they carry with them the spirit of our ancestors who envisioned this grand spectacle.

But what can you expect on the 5th of November at the Perak Turf Club? Well, it’s not just about thrilling horse races; it’s a day of glamour and excitement. The Coronation Cup Trophy Race event always attracts the best of horses, mares, and geldings. Most of which are milers.

This year, 151 entries have been received, including some from KL and Penang. But that’s not all; the event will also draw a large number of people, trainers, and racing enthusiasts from Japan, Indonesia, and Singapore.

The Perak Turf Club is home to the 1,600m Perak Coronation Cup, the Perak Gold Vase (the only race that runs over 1,100m on the straight course), and the 2,400m Perak Derby (the longest race in the Malaysian and Singapore horse racing circuit).

To date, the grandstand is one of the most iconic building structures in Ipoh, comprising two 180ft high towers that overlook the racecourse tracks and winning post. The grandstand can seat 20,000 spectators, and luxurious corporate boxes are available for hire.  Apart from watching the races live, visitors can also see every moment of the races via television screens throughout the facility.

The present Grandstand, designed by an Australian team of architects was constructed in 1967 and officially opened by His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Perak on 1st February, 1971. It has since become a favourite stop for tourists and photography buffs.

The Coronation Cup event is the pinnacle of the year for PRTC, featuring not only the main Coronation Cup race but also three other exciting trophy races: the Japan Racing Association Goodwill Racing Trophy, the 25th Anniversary Mitavite Trophy with a prize of RM42,000, and the PORDASI Goodwill Trophy with a purse of RM35,500 for eager participants.

The headline event, the Coronation Cup, boasts a lucrative prize of RM150,000, yet this occasion isn’t solely about the races; it’s a celebration of the zenith of racing excellence.

Welcome Back, Simon Kok Wei Hoong! 

Simon Kok prepares for his first-ever race in Ipoh, his hometown, marking a significant moment in his career

In an exciting turn of events, Simon Kok Wei Hoong, an Ipoh native who began his riding career at the age of 10, is returning to his hometown for the race. After climbing the ranks to become an equestrian riding instructor, Simon switched to professional race riding at the age of 23. He’s been making waves and riding for the Singapore Turf Club since 2018.

His presence adds an extra layer of excitement to the Coronation Cup, making it a homecoming for a local hero.

The Coronation Cup Day won’t be just about racing; it will be a stylish affair. Social luminaries, adorned in their finest hats and attire, will add a touch of elegance and glamour to the event. As the equine stars chase victory, the Perak Turf Club racecourse will transform into a fashionable catwalk, with these impeccably dressed ladies showcasing their chic outfits and matching hats. It will be a day that seamlessly blends horse racing and high fashion, creating an unforgettable spectacle.

Join Us for a Day of Thrills!

So, how do you get to the PRTC on race day? It’s simple. Ticket purchases for general entry can be made at the venue, with free parking available. If you prefer a taxi or a Grab ride, they will drop you off at the entrance of PRTC. This event is for everyone, whether you’re a seasoned horse racing enthusiast or someone looking for a unique and exciting day out. And there’s no such thing as a hat too big or an outfit too glamorous on Coronation Cup Day!

The Perak Coronation Cup is a celebration of tradition, competition, and the enduring spirit of Perak. We invite you to join us at the Perak Turf Club for a day of excitement,  elegance and community spirit. Whether you’re a seasoned racing enthusiast or a curious newcomer, this event promises something for everyone.

We’ll see you at the races!!

For more information, please visit or contact 05-254 8084.

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