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Avondale Cup & Guineas Day

Saturday 19 February 2022

Restricted entry event

A day that celebrates the running of the Avondale Cup & Guineas races.

This event was run when the Auckland was sitting under the “Red” setting within the Government’s COVID-19 Protection Framework.  


Under this setting, events using the vaccine passport system cannot hold gatherings of more than 100 people in any one defined space. 


As a result, changes or cancellations applied to hospitality precincts and / or ticketing options in order to ensure the event could be safely conducted under the requirements of events at “Red”.

In addition, while the day’s racing will go ahead, cancellations were made to off-track activities including the Irish Party, all general admission areas and children's entertainment. 

The racecourse operates as a ‘Vaccine Required Venue’ with entry conditions applying – details of which can be found here.

Further requirements of racegoers, including how the Club plans to operate under these conditions, are included in ticket purchaser letters and can also be found here. 


Primary ticket purchasers were contacted directly by the Club with regards to refunds* and / or the offer to purchase tickets (where available) into those hospitality precincts that still operate under “Red”. 


* The refund request cut-off was 5.00pm, Friday 11th February.

Owners were allocated the Newmarket Bar & Lawn and were required to RSVP their attendance. They were contacted directly by the Club with regards to entry conditions and RSVP details. 


Those members who wished to attend and be based in one of the dedicated members’ rooms – as opposed to a hospitality precinct - were required to RSVP their attendance.  Members who have previously supplied the Club with an email address and have not ‘unsubscribed’ from Club communications will have received an email from the Club outlining RSVP and entry conditions. A link to that email can be found via this website blog.  


Sponsors were contacted directly by the Club’s sponsorship manager with regards to this event.  


Unable to attend?

You can still tune into the day's racing on TAB Trackside TV and enjoy placing a bet via the TAB's free mobile app.   If you are on course, take advantage of the free WiFi on offer and use the app too - saving you from queuing at the totes.

Event schedule*

11.30am - Gates and hospitality precincts open to those people who have purchased a ticket and / or RSVPed as directed

12.27pm - First race

4:35pm - Last race 

* Timings are approximate and subject to change 

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Trackchat, our raceday preview. Complete with Craig Baker's thoughts on the day's feature races, speed maps, track manager Jason Fulford's report and some tips from the office lads.

Event information

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • A dress code is in place in all hospitality areas and certain other areas including the Ascot Stand (smart casual is expected for general admission areas). 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 

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

  • We encourage responsible drinking

  • Intoxicated persons will not be granted entry into, or tolerated in, 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

  • 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 is 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. Children under the age of 12 years and three months, as well as those who present a valid medical exemption from [the approved COVID-19] vaccine(s)" as issued by New Zealand's Ministry of Health in conjunction with a matching and legal and valid form of photographic identification, are not required to show a valid My Vaccine Pass in order to obtain entry into our site(s). Click here to read more about the conditions of entry relating to COVID-19.  See how the Racecourse operates under the 'Red' setting here or for 'Orange', click here.