Manco Easter Stakes Raceday

Saturday 18 April 2020

One of our final salutes to the elite Group athlete for the New Zealand racing season! 


The day celebrates the 147th running of the Group II $100,000 Manco Easter Handicap, recognised as one of the premier miles on the New Zealand racing calendar. 

In addition to a great day's racing, we have the Crewcut Backyard Bash Cricket Final taking place oncourse - a culmination of qualifying events around the country where the winning team will take home $5,000.


With free General Admission, round up your mates and join us oncourse to cheer on your region's representative.  Pack a picnic and set up camp on the Newmarket Lawn - a prime spot close to the action on the track as well as the site of the backyard cricket battle. 

Families are more than welcome & we'll be putting out the swingball sets for little ones to use between races.

In addition to being able to bring your own picnic lunch (no BYO alcohol), dining options for the day include Silks, our prime racetrack viewing lounge, or the Ascot Stand which offers an amazing birdseye view of the track.

To add to that holiday weekend vibe, we have a live band oncourse between 2pm & 7pm, setting the scene for a chill day of sport and good times with friends.  

If you're oncourse at 1pm, you'll also see the Easter Bunny hopping around with treats of the chocolate kind too!

Event schedule*

11.30 am - Gate open

1.00 pm - First race 

4.35 pm - Last race

9.00 am - Public able to get oncourse to view the backyard cricket (Newmarket Room open)

9.30 am - First game commences

11.30 am - All other raceday hospitality open

12.40 pm - First race 

2.00 pm - Live band kicks off

4.45 pm - Last race

7.00 pm - Band concludes and bars close

* Timings are approximate and subject to change 

The Manco Easter Stake Raceday is proudly supported by:

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. There are a number of food outlets on site too

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

  • A 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 21 April 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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