Race named in honour of three time Gold Cup winner

Recently retired three times Singapore Gold Cup winner El Dorado will have a race named in his honour.

The Japanese-bred stayer, who won the Gold Cup in 2008, 2009 and 2011, will have the final lead-up to the Longines Singapore Gold Cup over 2200m named after him.

The Mandai Classic Stakes, a $150,000 feature race over 2200m, will be renamed as the El Dorado Classic and will be held this year on October 26.

The eight-year-old gelding, owned by Masa Otani’s Big Valley Stable, joined the immortal Three Rings (from the 1950’s) as the only three-time winner of the Singapore Gold Cup following his victory last year.

El Dorado was recently retired after suffering an injury while preparing for a fourth tilt at the Longines Singapore Gold Cup.

Trained by Japanese handler Hideyuki Takaoka, El Dorado retired having had 48 starts, winning on nine occasions with a further nine minor placings and prizemoney of $2.87 million. 

El Dorado, picture Singapore Turf Club