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Barfoot & Thompson
Auckland Cup Day


Sunday 13 March 2022

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 $500,000 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup®, a fashion competition 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 open

11.30am - Hospitality precincts open

12.40pm - First race (of 10)


5.25pm (approx) - Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup

6.05pm - Last race  


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

* All timings are approximate & subject to change. 

Barfoot Thompson Auckland Cup winner Oce

Feature races

Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup 

Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes

Sistema Stakes


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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.

"Dress to the nines with a touch of blue if you choose"


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 about 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.

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More updates to come! 

Everyone can go into our stabling area to visit every horse that's racing & wish them good luck (refer to the racebook map for public accessways).

Picnic lunches with unopened, non-alcoholic beverages (plus blankets and chairs!) are welcome to be brought into outdoor GA areas. 

Plus! Under 15s get free general admission.

Weekend events for families in Auckland.
Photos from Auckland Cup Day at Ellersli

See for yourself

Want to check out some photos from Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day® 2021 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® 2022. 

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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.  R18, dress code applies, intoxicated persons will not be permitted or tolerated, entry subject to capacity

  • We are a fully-licensed venue and encourage responsible drinking. BYO alcohol is not permitted and intoxicated persons will not be granted entry into, or permitted at any time within, the grounds

  • We strongly encourage cars be left at home and alternative methods of transport are chosen. Ellerslie Racecourse is located close to public transport networks including the Greenlane Train Station which is a 600m walk away.  Taxis are also able to drop off and pick up on site

  • Free car-parking is available on course on a first-in, first-served basis

  • 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

  • Ellerslie Racecourse will be operating as a “vaccination required venue” while Auckland operates under the COVID-19 Protection Framework ("traffic light" system), or similar. As a result, racegoers will be required to present a valid COVID-19 Vaccine Pass along with a suitable form of photographic identification in order to be able to enter the racecourse.