On the opening day of Auckland Cup Week 2019 – Vodafone Derby Day (2nd March) – the Group 3 $100,000 Open SWP 1200m feature will be run as the Waikato Stud Plate.
ARC chief executive, Paul Wilcox, says the Club is thrilled to reignite a partnership with Waikato Stud.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome the Chittick family and Waikato Stud back to Ellerslie.
“You just have to look at the recent New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales results to understand that they are leaders in their field – something that we here at ARC are continually striving to be.
“We look forward to seeing the signature green, blue and white colours of Waikato Stud displayed proudly on course on Vodafone Derby Day and in the years to come,” he says.
A race Waikato Stud are familiar with, having previously sponsored it, Waikato Stud owner Mark Chittick says it is an obvious fit to renew the partnership, with both organisations having a keen eye on chasing success.
“At Waikato Stud our mantra is that success is our motivation, the driving force behind what we do.
“This fits perfectly with ARC who are the leading race club in New Zealand and who put on the best week of racing in the country - Auckland Cup Week.”
Waikato Stud takes over the sponsorship of the Group 3 race from Godolphin Australia (Darley) – an arm of one of the world’s biggest racing and bloodstock operations. Having sponsored this race since 2005, they could not renew their contract due to global alignment requirements.
Mr Wilcox acknowledged the support of Darley and thanked it for the ongoing support it has provided the Club over the years, wishing it all the best for future endeavours.