The big race, the great day. One final hurrah to one incredible summer of racing.
Join the crowds to cheer on racing's athletes as they vie for Auckland Cup Week's namesake silverware and their place in the history books.
Featuring the "$500,000 Group" Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup® PLUS a host of other races & entertainment in support, Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day delivers a buzz like nothing else.
The greatest end-of-summer celebration, get your social life on track and come get swept up in an air of excitement as the drama of racing & fashion unfold before your eyes.
Add to this good people, chic marquees, delicious food, the hunt for a winner, singing of the national anthem, an on-site after party complete with a band PLUS a gorgeous March day and you've got a buzz like nowhere else.
Fancy a trip to Las Vegas? Enter our “Pick the Winner” competition on the day and you could be winging your way there!
Simply pick which horse you think will win the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup, pop your entry in the corresponding box before entries close AND, if your pick wins the race, you’ll go in the draw to win Two tickets to Las Vegas (ex Auckland) ﬂying Hawaiian Airlines including a Cosmos “Highlights of the Canyonlands” tour courtesy of Globus Family of Brands.*
11.00 am - Gates open
11.30 am - Shared hospitality precincts open
12.40 pm - First race (of ten)
6.10 pm - Last race. All bars close shortly after the last race, except Cuvée and the Winning Post**.
9.00pm - Event closes
*Timings and details in this listing are subject to change; please refer to the event website for the most up-to-date information. Ellerslie Racecourse is a fully-licensed venue and no BYO alcohol is permitted however picnic lunches, gazebos, umbrellas & picnic rugs are welcome in outdoor, general admission areas on course.
**Entrants must be aged 18 years+. The winner must be on course & present themselves (with photographic identification) at the Raceday Office within ten minutes of the prize draw otherwise it will be redrawn. Further competition and prize partner Ts & Cs apply.