June 23, 2024

SINGAPORE: A brown horse noticed galloping together the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) in video clips circulating on-line above the weekend “has considering that been safely and securely returned to its stable”, said a Singapore Turf Club spokesperson on Monday (Jul 10). 

The spokesperson added the horse belonged to the Bukit Timah Saddle Club, and the Turf Club was conscious that the horse had found its way outdoors of its stable and “onto the roadways briefly”. 

“We thank every person for their treatment and problem, specifically motorists for their tolerance.” 

Bukit Timah Saddle Club acknowledged the incident but declined to comment when contacted by CNA.

In a online video that was posted on the Singapore Incidents Fb group, the horse was witnessed galloping on the expressway, even though weaving by means of targeted visitors. The horse then turned around before going for walks previous a car.

In one more video, the horse was noticed currently being escorted away from site visitors around the Turf Club Avenue exit on the BKE by a Land Transportation Authority (LTA) officer. LTA confirmed that the horse was noticed alongside the BKE, in the course of the Central Expressway (CTE) and pointed out that the horse has considering the fact that been safely returned. 

The Animal & Veterinary Provider (AVS) reported on Monday it is investigating the incident and is working with Bukit Timah Saddle Club to avert a repeat of such incidents.

“The horse escaped from its secure on Jul 8, 2023, and was returned on the very same working day,” said AVS team director Jessica Kwok.

Ms Kwok additional that if associates of the general public come upon a horse, they should really continue being calm and keep absent from it. They can also call the NParks Animal Response Centre at 1800-476-1600 for aid.

This is not the initial time a horse has been spotted on Singapore’s streets. In March past year, a black horse was filmed trotting alongside Turf Club Street in Bukit Timah. It was captured “just minutes” after it escaped, according to driving school Gallop Secure.

These days also reported that in August 2021, a grey-white horse was noticed along Vanda Connection in close proximity to Turf Club Highway, even though it was unclear exactly where it was housed.

A similar incident also took spot in 2020, when a white horse was spotted galloping at a site visitors junction alongside Eng Neo Avenue, also in the exact space as Turf Club Highway.

Horse racing in Singapore will arrive to an conclude in October 2024, with the Singapore Turf Club web page in Kranji to be handed back to the federal government in 2027 for redevelopment.

Close to 700 horses will be exported and the final race will be held on Oct 5, 2024.

Bukit Timah Saddle Club recently moved from its historic grounds at Bukit Timah to its new household at the Singapore Turf Club, just 3 months in the past at the finish of February.

The riding school has 80 horses, while more than 30 many others are privately owned in its liveries.

It is also preparing to choose in 5 former racing horses from the Turf Club, which will export its 700 horses to international locations this sort of as Malaysia before it shuts.