SkyCity Boxing Day Races

26 December 2021

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COVID-19 Update

This raceday was held under the COVID-19 Protection Framework's 'Red' setting.

  • To see how we operate under that setting, please click here 

  • To view all conditions of entry relating to COVID-19, please click here

COVID-19 Update



The Auckland region is currently sitting under the “Red” setting within the Government’s COVID-19 Protection Framework.  


Under this setting, events using the vaccine passport system cannot hold gatherings of more than 100 people in any one defined space. 


As a result, changes or cancellations have been applied to hospitality precincts and / or ticketing options in order to ensure the event can be safely conducted under the requirements of events at “Red”.


In addition, while the day’s racing will go ahead, cancellations have been made to off-track activities such as fashions in the field and children’s entertainment.   

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. 


Primary ticket purchasers have been contacted directly by the Club with regards to refunds* and / or the offer to purchase tickets (where available) into those hospitality precincts that will operate under “Red”. Those people, along with Club members, were given the first right to purchase any available tickets (on a first-in, first-served basis), with those who have previously signed up to hear about new ticket releases being contacted shortly thereafter. Members of the public now have the option of purchasing any remaining tickets. 


* The refund request cut-off was 5.00pm, Tuesday 14th December.

Owners will be allocated the Newmarket Bar & Lawn and will be required to RSVP their attendance. They have been contacted directly by the Club with regards to entry conditions and RSVP details. 


Those members who wish to attend and be based in one of the dedicated members’ rooms – as opposed to a hospitality precinct - will also be required to RSVP their attendance.  Members who have previously supplied the Club with an email address and have not ‘unsubscribed’ from Club communications can expect to receive an email from the Club on or before Tuesday 14 December outlining RSVP and entry conditions. Details as to how they can RSVP will also be made available on this website.  


Sponsors have been contacted directly by the Club’s sponsorship manager with regards to this event.  


Event schedule*

10.30am - Racecourse gates & Ascot Stand open 

11.30am - Hospitality precincts open​

12.24pm - First race (of 10)

5.15pm - Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic

5.39pm - Last race  

8.00pm - All bars close

* All timings are approximate & subject to change

Feature races

Cambridge Stud Zabeel Classic

Jamieson Park Eight Carat Classic

Hallmark Stud Handicap

Shaw's Wire Ropes Uncle Remus Stakes


Tickets & hospitality

Limited hospitality precincts each seating a maximum of 100 people (excl. staff) in accordance with the COVID-19 Protection Framework 'Red' setting have been released for public sale & are available on a first-in, first-served basis.


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Infield Family Zone

This fun area offers a relaxed, 'DIY' vibe to the day along with free activities for younger family members to enjog.

You can bring your own picnic food (no BYO alcohol but unopened, non-alcholic beverages are okay), umbrellas, gazebos & deck chairs into this area.


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Style Guide

"Pops of colour, fit for a day under the sun."

Make sure you're across the dress code.


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Fashions in the Field

Keen to have some fashionable fun?

While COVID-19 regulations have seen the cancellation of the on-the-day competition, keep checking back to our fashion section for information on an alternative competition at a later date..

More info coming soon
The Paddock Infield Festival Ellerslie B

Auckland's infield party precinct returns

A line-up of DJs, pop-up food vendors, chilled beverages and a party vibe make this the place to be if you want to live it up with your mates this Boxing Day.​


Event information

  • BYO alcohol is not permitted anywhere on-site however guests aged 18yr+ can purchase alcoholic beverages from bars with maximum drink restrictions applying throughout the event

  • BYO food & non-alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any hospitality precinct or the Ascot Stand ​

  • Personal-use gazebos & picnic set-ups are not permitted in any hospitality precinct or the Ascot Stand​

  • 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

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • 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 or infield. 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

  • Whilst cash-out facilities and eftpos are available, we recommend you bring cash 

  • Children under 15 years get discounted rates in those hospitality precincts that are not R18

  • Free car-parking is available 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, including conditions of entry and requirements of racegoers relating to COVID-19

  • Ellerslie Racecourse will be operating as a “vaccination required venue” while Auckland operates under the COVID-19 Protection Framework ("traffic light" system), or similar. As a result, racegoers will be required to present a valid COVID-19 My Vaccine Pass and may be required to present a suitable form of photographic identification in order to be able to enter the racecourse. For information on the racecourse’s conditions of entry relating to COVID-19 click here and to see how we plan to operate racedays under the COVID-19 Protection Framework, click here