The Penang Turf Club is one of the oldest horse racing venues in Malaysia. Founded in 1864, it is the second in the peninsula after the Singapore Turf Club, which was founded in 1842. Later on, the Perak Turf Club was founded in Taiping in 1886, while the Selangor Turf Club in 1896.
Until 1939, when it moved to its present location in Batu Gantong, the Penang Turf Club had its racecourse off Macalister Road, in the open ground that is today the playing field of St George's Girls' School. One of the member of the club was Kapitan Cina Chung Thye Phin, the last Kapitan Cina of Perak. He donated a fountain to the club. It still stands today on the gound.
The racecourse at the Penang Turf Club (30 January, 2005)
The Penang Turf Club, as seen from Jesselton Heights (30 January, 2005)
In 2005, there were plans to relocate the Penang Turf Club to the mainland so that the land could be used for housing development, which was to be known as the Penang Global City Centre, or PGCC. However the plans met with opposition from both the public as well as several prominent members of the club itself, and eventually fell through.
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