The clock is ticking on Singapore racing. If you never ticked off Bukit Timah, you won’t tick off Kranji unless you squeeze it in before October 5.

The finishing line is in sight for racing in Singapore - 24 years after Kranji opened as a world-class racecourse. (Photo by Neville Hopwood/Getty Images)

The swansong will be the 100th running of the Singapore Cup; a celebration, then bulldozers. That’s so long as the moving parts keep moving. Many participants have moved on despite an assurance that recent prize money increases – how ironic – will remain until the very end.

As we wrote in The Straight some weeks ago, you’ve missed your chance to experience a race day at Macau and Athens. I was lucky to have attended the coastal Athens track many years ago. I have a vague memory of a primitive stone grandstand and a clear memory of cheering home a quinella only to be rewarded with my money back from a dodgy-looking tote attendant.

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