TRACKCHAT | SkyCity Boxing Day Races | 26 December 2021

Need an insider tip? Keen to know how the track is shaping up?

Here's your preview to our upcoming raceday complete with Craig Baker's thoughts on the day's feature race, speed maps, a track update and some tips from the office lads.


Track update

At the time of writing on Friday, 24 December, the track is rated a Dead 5. Our aim is to provide a Dead 4 track on race morning so a decision to irrigate further will be made after the penetrometer is completed tomorrow afternoon.

As at 12pm Friday the track was a Dead 5.


Feature race preview

Race 9, 5.04pm | Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic | WFA | 2000m | $240,000

A really high class edition of the Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic with many chances. Looking at the speed map, there looks to be little speed which is the norm for WFA 2000 races at Ellerslie.

On top for me is last year’s winner, Concert Hall. She is thriving this campaign highlighted by her latest victory in the Cal Isuzu Stakes at Te Rapa. Like last year, she will get back in the run and will be powering home.

The dangers include Aegon and Two Illicit.


More good things to know about the SkyCity Boxing Day Races:


  • 10:30am: Gates open

  • 11:30am: Hospitality areas open

  • 12.24pm: Race 1 (of 10)

  • 5.04pm: Group 1 Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic

  • 5.39pm: Race 10 (of 10)

More racing info


If you can't make it oncourse this year, never fear! We're bring the Boxing Day Races to you with a selection of great SkyCity Christmas Carnival content on our blog.


This raceday is being held under the “Red” setting within the Government’s COVID-19 Protection Framework meaning events using the vaccine passport system cannot hold gatherings of more than 100 people in any one defined space. The racecourse will be operating as a ‘Vaccine Required Venue’ with entry conditions applying – details of which can be found here. Further requirements of racegoers, including how the Club plans to operate under these conditions, will be included in ticket purchaser letters and can also be found here.



Need some tips?

CEO Paul Wilcox rates:

  • Race 1 - 12.24pm - Barfoot & Thompson 1400 - Les Crayeres (#6) - Bet: FFP

  • Race 6 - 3.19pm - Shaw's Wire Ropes Uncle Remu's Stakes - Pareanui Bay (#2) - Bet: FFW

  • Race 9 - 5.04pm - Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic - Sound (#1) - Bet: FFP

Sponsorship Manager Bill Heap rates:

  • Race 2 - 12.59pm - Civic Contractors 1100 - Grace ‘N’ Grey - (#7) - Bet: Win

  • Race 5 - 2.44pm - Jamieson Park Eight Carat Classic - Belle En Rouge (#1) - Bet: Win

  • Race 6 - 3.19pm - Shaw's Wire Ropes Uncle Remu's Stakes - Pareanui Bay (#2) - Bet: Win

  • Race 7 - 3.54pm - Stella Artois 1500 Championship Final - Bankers Choice (#4) - Bet: Win