Jarden Melbourne Cup Day

Tuesday 3 November 2020

Auckland's Biggest Melbourne Cup Day Party

For the thousands that descend onto Ellerslie Racecourse for Melbourne Cup Day each year, they experience an event that is part party; part raceday.

Welcome to Jarden Melbourne Cup Day 2020 - a Melbourne Cup event like nowhere else in Auckland.

Aucklanders love a good excuse to get together so we’re delivering a one-of-a-kind Melbourne Cup Day experience set to an entertaining backdrop of hospitality, fashion & live horse racing.

It sold out last year with some hospitality precincts selling out as early as August, and all signs have pointed to another sell-out event in 2020.

Jarden Melbourne Cup Day offers guests a welcome excuse to dress up, enjoy the finest in hospitality & entertainment, witness the Melbourne Cup live on the super screen and, what’s more, experience a thrill offered nowhere else in the city that day – live horse racing taking place right in front of their very eyes.

Add to that the best in fashion, live coverage from Flemington and one fully-subscribed "after the last race party" complete with a band and you’ve got Auckland’s biggest & most authentic Melbourne Cup Day party.

Jarden Pick the Winner - Select which horse you think will win the Melbourne Cup, put your completed entry form into the corresponding box (see competition set-up on main driveaway), if your horse wins the race you're in the draw to WIN a $1,000 Red Balloon voucher. Competition Ts & Cs apply


Are you the best dressed guy or girl?

Enter the NEWMARKET. Style Spotter competition and be in to win a great prize, PLUS the lucky lady will secure a spot to represent Ellerslie in The Ned Prix de Fashion!


Dress code

A day at the races offers an excuse to dress up like nowhere else in Auckland & Jarden Melbourne Cup Day is no different. 


Tickets & hospitality

Offering an unmatched range of entertaining options, be our guest and take your pick from the affordable, to the exclusive. 

If you have purchased tickets, please make sure to check your JUNK MAIL if you have not received them.


General admission & parking are FREE

Jarden Melbourne Cup Day event schedule*

11.00am - Gates open | Jarden Pick the Winner AND NEWMARKET. Style Spotter entries open

11.30am - Hospitality precincts open

12.00pm - First race (of 10) at Ellerslie

2.30pm - NEWMARKET. Style Spotter entries close

3.43pm - Group 3 Jarden Stakes


4.30pm- NEWMARKET. Style Spotter winners announced (dais in Birdcage)


4.50pm - Jarden Pick the Winner entries close

5.00pm (approx) - Lexus Melbourne Cup race (broadcast live on super screens)


THEN - Jarden Pick the Winner competition winner drawn (dais in Birdcage)

6.09pm - Last race at Ellerslie

THEN You're invited to join the official on-site after party in Cuvée where a band then DJ will be playing (R18; free entry to raceday guests; dress code applies; intoxicated persons not permitted)

9.00pm (approx) - Event closes 

* Please note timings are approximate & may be subject to change

Jarden Pick The Winner

Select which horse you think will win the Melbourne Cup; put your completed entry form into the corresponding box; if your horse wins the race you're in the draw to WIN a $1,000 Red Balloon voucher. Competition Ts & Cs apply


Track Chat

View tips, speed maps, a feature race preview, the fields and more with our all-new TrackChat.


Fashion tips

See what our NEWMARKET. Style Spotter judges will be looking for on course, and learn more about what trends they think are trending. 

Jarden Melbourne Cup Day at Ellerslie is proudly brought to you by:

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 

  • 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. All guests on course are welcome to join the official on-site after party in Cuvée (R18, dress code applies, intoxicated persons will not be permitted)

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

  • We encourage 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

  • 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

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