Cox Plate Raceday

Ft. Whips n Spurs & BGP King of the Punt

Saturday 26 October 2019

Auckland's spring racing season has begun.  

A highly anticipated raceday for punters & partygoers alike - take your pick from partying trackside at Whips n Spurs (if you're of the younger generation...) or competing in the inaugural BGP King of the Punt competition.

Not into either?


You're welcome to create your own raceday experience in any number of our public spaces, upgrade your experience with a ticket into the Ascot Stand or talk to our hospitality team about putting on your own private hospitality event in any number of our rooms (limited availability) or lawn spaces.

Feature race: Barneswood Farm Soliloquy Stakes


Keep reading for the event schedule and more! 

BGP King of the Punt

Join the lads from Boys Get Paid for the King of the Punt competition.


Private Hosting

Host your own private function in one of our many modern rooms, balconies & outdoor areas & tailor it to bring your brand to life. 


Whips n Spurs

Bubbles, food trucks, and an excuse to dress up like nowhere else in Auckland. Grab the crew for a party you don't want to miss.

Event schedule*
  • Free general admission & parking

  • 11.00am - Gates open

  • 12.00pm - Whips n Spurs opens 

  • 12.28pm - First race (approx) 

  • 5.09pm  - Last race (approx)

  • THEN Whips n Spurs kicks on until about 8.00pm with DJs playing live, BUT you must have a Whips n Spurs ticket in order to get access into that area

* Please note timings are approximate & may be subject to change

Keep reading for more raceday FAQs and information

Other Information

  • General admission is free

  • You're able to bring your own picnic food & unopened, non-alcoholic beverages into outdoor public areas on course & can purchase alcoholic beverages from bars on site. There are a number of food outlets on site too

  • Ellerslie Racecourse is a fully-licensed venue and BYO alcohol is not permitted

  • dress code is in place in all hospitality areas and certain other areas including the Ascot Stand

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • No ticket, other than a Whips n Spurs ticket, grants access into Whips n Spurs

  • Ellerslie encourages responsible drinking

  • Intoxicated persons will not be granted entry into Ellerslie Racecourse

  • We strongly encourage you to taxi to the track and leave your car at home. Don’t drink and drive, use our preferred taxi supplier Auckland Co-op Taxi who will drop off / pick up at the main entrance. Ring 09 300 3000 to book

  • There is free parking on course however as there is a car fair on Sunday in the Southern Motorway Carpark, any cars left overnight in that area will be towed

  • Event terms & conditions apply

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