Barfoot & Thompson

Auckland Cup Day

Saturday 7 March 2020

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, the hunt for a winner PLUS:

  • The Dunstan Feeds Auckland Clydesdale Cup

  • The Style Stakes best dressed competition with a $1,500+ prize for the winner

  • Your chance to WIN a trip for two to Las Vegas (ex Auckland) flying Hawaiian Airlines and enjoy a Cosmos "Highlights of the Canyonland" tour courtesy of Globus Family of Brands

  • FREE children's entertainment including pony rides, a mobile barnyard, facepainters, organised games and activities 

  • An opportunity to meet the 2020 Cox Plate and go in the draw to WIN a trip to see the race live at Moonee Valley in October

  • Singing of the national anthem

  • The return of the LOVERACING.NZ winning wheel with plenty of chances to win fun prizes 

  • The official on-site after-party complete with a band & DJ to finish off a stellar week

  • AND don't forget to check in with Barfoot & Thompson and you'll go in the draw to WIN your rent or mortgage paid for a year^! ^Terms and conditions apply; see website for more

Event schedule*

11.00am    Racecourse gates & Ascot Stand open

                    Hawaiian Airlines “Pick The Winner”: Entries open (Kiosk Lawn)  

                    Style Stakes: Entries open (Fashion Lawn)  

                    Pat our ponies on the main driveway (finishing at 2pm)                    

                    Take a selfie with the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup (outside the Raceday Office until 3pm)


11.30am     Hospitality precincts open

12.38pm     “Call To Post” performed by our resident bugler (and for every race thereafter)

12.45pm     Race 1 | Royal Descent Stakes

12.55pm     Dunstan Feeds Auckland Clydesdale Cup: Heat 1

1.20pm       Race 2 | Ellerslie Jewellers & Engravers 2100

1.30pm       Dunstan Feeds Auckland Clydesdale Cup: Heat 2

1.55pm       Race 3 | PGG Wrightson/Vetmed 1400

2.30pm       Race 4 | FastTrack Insurance 1600

3.00pm       Style Stakes: Entries close

3.05pm       Race 5 | White Cliffs Timber 1200

3.15pm       Dunstan Feeds Auckland Clydesdale Cup: Final

3.40pm       Race 6 | Group 1 $200,000 Sistema Stakes

4.15pm       Race 7 | Laser Te Puke 1200 4.30pm 

THEN           Special delivery of the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup trophy (in the Birdcage)

4.55pm       Race 8 | Group 1 $200,000 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes

5.05pm       Style Stakes: Winner announced on the dais

5.15pm       Hawaiian Airlines “Pick the Winner”: Entries close

5.30pm       National Anthem: Sung by Gabby West & the Ellerslie School Choir

5.35pm       Race 9 | Group 1 $500,000 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup

5.45pm       Hawaiian Airlines “Pick the Winner”: Winner announced on the dais

6.14pm       Race 10 | Gravity 1600

THEN          The after-party kicks off with a band & DJs in Cuvée**

All bars close shortly after the last race, except Cuvée and the Winning Post. All guests on course are welcome into those areas after the last race.

*Timings are approximate and 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 the entertainment sorted with free children's entertainment available throughout the day, horses to pat PLUS The Dunstan Feeds Auckland Clydesdale Cup (preview video below).

We offer free access into our stabling area (within the public viewing pathways) so you can go visit every horse that's racing on course & wish them good luck.


Children under the age of 15 years get free general admission (GA) into the racecourse - no ticket required.

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

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 at 5.15pm 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.

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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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