Barfoot & Thompson

Auckland Cup Day

Saturday 7 March 2020

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. 

Event schedule*

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

* Please note timings are subject to change

** Entry into Cuvée after the last race is free to racegoers aged 18yr+; a dress code applies & intoxicated persons will not be permitted or tolerated.

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.  While we hate turning people away, this will be enforced as required.

We've got some of the entertainment sorted with free children's entertainment available throughout the day.

Free access into our stables (within the public viewing pathways). Children under the age of 15 years get free general admission into the racecourse - no ticket required.

You can bring along a picnic lunch with unopened, non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy in the GA areas on course.

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. **

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 2020. 

Entry into Cuvée is free after the last race (appropriate ticket required prior); R18; dress code applies; intoxicated persons not permitted or tolerated.

Auckland Cup Day proudly supported by

Event information

  • 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. Outside of hospitality areas, there are also a number of food outlets on site as well

  • Attending the races offers the perfect opportunity to dress to impress. 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 

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • We encourage responsible drinking

  • Children under 15 years are free

  • 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

  • Whilst cash-out facilities and eftpos are available, we recommend you bring cash to help avoid queues at bars, food outlets & betting facilities

  • Free car-parking is available on course on a first-in, first-served basis but please note there is limited parking available in the carpark adjacent to the Southern Motorway & overnight parking is not permitted in that area due to a car fair taking place the following day (cars left there will be towed). This carpark provides the easiest access to the main entrance (Gate 6) and the raceday ticket collection booth, however it fills quickly

  • 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 Racing Board for promotional purposes

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

  • Event terms & conditions apply


**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.

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