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 channelling our inner leprechauns for the return of our immensely popular & colourful Irish festivities.

​With a best dressed competition, an Irish Dance performance, Irish band, suitably Irish-themed food & beverages available for purchase, MC Will Hall on hand to remind you when the races are running AND free buses taking you to the official after-party at Doolan Brothers Newmarket... it's New Zealand's biggest Irish Raceday Party and it keeps getting bigger each year.  

PLUS general admission (includes access into the Irish Party) 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

1.30 pm - Undercover fashion judges start roaming (Irish party area)

2.50 pm - The Loop Duty Free Best Dressed winner announced (Irish Party area)

3.20 pm - Irish dance performance from the Paula Doyle Academy (Irish Party area)

4.05 pm - McSweeny's Irish Band warms up their vocal cards (Irish Party area)

4.33 pm - Last race 

THEN McSweeny's Irish Band gets things going at the Irish Party until...  

6.30 pm... when FREE buses** depart the racecourse destined for the official after-party at Doolan Brothers Newmarket 

* Timings are approximate and subject to change 

** Buses are limited and on a first-in, first-served basis. If you miss a seat, we recommend you call Auckland Co-op on 09 300 3000 & catch a taxi there

The Loop Duty Free Best Dressed

If you're dressed to impress (in raceday attire), you're in with a chance to win!  


Our good friends at The Loop Duty Free are putting up a fab prize for the person our roaming judges deem to be the day's best dressed.

Just remember, while you're more than welcome to go all-out & get into your 'fancy dress' for the Irish Party, the judges will be looking for the best 'raceday' outfit. 

Not sure where to start your winning look?

Check out our blog where, over the course of the summer, some of the country's best dressed racegoers have given us their tips on what to wear to the races

Dress code

While an official dress code does not apply to the Irish Party, it's a day at the races and people are encouraged to dress up or at least look tidy.  If you're planning on being in other areas (including the Ascot Stand), a dress code may apply. Check out the dress code

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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