What happened on the track...
Six Group races, including four at Group 1 level, run over both days
$2,780,000 in stakes paid over the week
A third Derby win for Michael Walker and second for Tony Pike when Sherwood Forest crossed the line first in the Vodafone New Zealand Derby 2020
Two Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cups in a row for Samantha Collett after taking the win on the Antony Fuller trained, Roger That
Two Group 1 races won by Jamie Richards and Opie Bosson – including winning the Group 1 Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes again this year, making it two from two for this partnership.
What happened oncourse...
3800 glasses of Moët & Chandon champagne served over the week
19% increase in numbers in hospitality precincts from 2019 in advance of the event
480 metres of picket fencing installed
2520 canapés prepared and consumed by attendees
200 dozen New Zealand rock oysters enjoyed
What moments you missed...
One marriage proposal oncourse between Hollie McIntyre and Andrew Welsh – where Hollie did the asking in honour of the tradition of "Leap Day" on 29 February
Thirteen additional prizes and gifts given to Hollie and Andrew by the Auckland Racing Club and the racing community when her struggle with breast cancer was revealed - read more about it here
One helicopter delivery (for the first time ever) of the revered Auckland Cup trophy
Two returning champions came back in the form of Mufhasa and Gingernuts to lead out the fields of the Mufhasa FastTrack Stakes and the Vodafone New Zealand Derby respectively
Two group sing-a-longs to the national anthem
700,000 Hawaiian Airlines air miles given away to fashion competitors and attendees oncourse, PLUS one trip to Las Vegas
Over $20,000 in prizes given to The Ned Prix de Fashion winner, Katie O’Neill
Eight Clydesdales thundering (and we mean thundering) down the track – with Frank the Tank taking the win in the Dunstan Feeds Auckland Clydesdale Cup
CEO, Paul Wilcox, spotted in the saddle twice over Auckland Cup Week – in a suit!
Two fabulous days. One huge week. That was Auckland Cup Week® 2020.