Barfoot & Thompson

Auckland Cup Day

Saturday 13 March 2021

The big race, the great day and 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 Group 1 $500,000 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup® PLUS a host of other races & entertainment in support, Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day delivers a buzz like nowhere 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 and the hunt for a winner and you've got an event like nothing else.

Event schedule*

11.00am -  Racecourse gates & fashion entries open 

11.30am - Hospitality precincts open​

12.45pm - First race (of 10)

6.15pm - Last race  


THEN - The official on-site after-party kicks off in Cuvee** 

* All timings are approximate & subject to change. More times to be added at a later date!

Auckland Cup Day at Ellerslie Racecourse

Feature races

Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup 

Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes

Sistema Stakes


Tickets & hospitality

Whether you want to party it up, network up a storm in a corporate marquee or private space, live it up in a shared dining precinct such as Cuvée or Silks, or park up in general admission areas & soak up the racing and free family entertainment, there's something available for you.

Buy your tickets now & take advantage of our earlybird offers! 


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"Dress to the nines with a touch of blue."


Racegoers are encouraged to dress to the style theme and although it's not required, it's a great place to start if you aren't sure what to wear. 

A dress code applies in many areas including the Ascot Stand, hospitality precincts and after the last race in Cuvée.  While we hate turning people away, this will be enforced as required.

We've got the little ones sorted with free children's entertainment and general admission for the under 15s.

We also offer free access into our stabling area so you can go visit every horse that's racing & wish them good luck.

You can bring a picnic lunch with unopened, non-alcoholic beverages (plus blankets and chairs!) to enjoy in outdoor GA areas

Photos from Auckland Cup Day at Ellersli

See for yourself

Want to check out some photos from Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day® 2020 to see what this event is all about?

The party continues

Once the last race has been run and the jockeys have hung up their saddles, join us in our on-site bar, Cuvée**, to celebrate the end of Auckland Cup Week® 2021. 

Auckland Cup Day® is proudly supported by

Event information

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

  • Children under 15 years get free general admission 

  • Senior citizen general admission rates apply at the gate on the day 

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • A dress code is in place in all hospitality areas and certain other areas including the Ascot Stand. While we hate turning people away, the dress code will be enforced as required and entry will be refused if it is not adhered to. Please ensure anyone you are purchasing tickets for is aware of this 

  • ** All bars close shortly after the last race, except Cuvée & the Winning Post Bar. All guests on course are welcome to join the official on-site after party in Cuvée (R18, dress code applies, intoxicated persons will not be permitted or tolerated)

  • We are a fully-licensed venue and BYO alcohol is not permitted

  • We encourage 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

  • Ellerslie Racecourse is located close to public transport networks including the Greenlane Train Station which is a 600m walk away

  • Free car-parking is available on course on a first-in, first-served basis. Any cars left overnight in the Southern Motorway carpark will be towed as there is a car fair taking place the following day (Sunday)

  • Promotional photographs, social media content & film footage will be taken at this event. By entering the racecourse, event-goers consent to use of their image by the Club & New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing for promotional purposes

  • Event terms & conditions apply

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