Irish Raceday

Ft. Auckland Futurity Stakes

Saturday 23 May 2020

Shake your shamrock; the Irish Raceday Party is back!

Each year, Ellerslie Racecourse explodes in a sea of green when Auckland’s Irish contingent (and their friends) descend upon the course for their annual raceday knees-up.   

Apparently there are only two kinds of people in the world, the Irish and those who wish they were, so we’re again channeling our inner leprechauns for the return of our immensely popular & colourful Irish festivities.


​General admission is free and free parking is available.

Event schedule*

11.00 am - Gates open & the Irish party starts (Newmarket Room)

12.18 pm - First race of eight

4.33 pm - Last race 

THEN join our Irish Band until the official after-party at Doolan Brothers Newmarket 

* Timings are approximate and subject to change 

Event information

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

  • Ellerslie Racecourse is a fully-licensed venue and BYO alcohol is not permitted

  • dress code is in place in all hospitality areas and certain other areas including the Ascot Stand. 

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • Ellerslie encourages 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

  • *** There is free parking on course however as there is a car fair on Sunday 26 May in the Southern Motorway Carpark, any cars left overnight in that area will be towed

  • Whilst cash and eftpos are available, we recommend you bring cash to help keep queue times down at bars and totes

  • Event terms & conditions apply

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