Barfoot & Thompson 

Twilight Summer Night

ft. Jockeys' World Cup & Sweet Mix Kids

Thursday 12 December 2019

Turn it up at the Barfoot & Thompson Twilight Summer Night - a party like nowhere else.

The festive season will descend upon us before we know it and as work slowly starts winding down for the year, your social life should be heating up.


Kicking off late afternoon & leading into a warm summer's evening, there's plenty of entertainment on offer at this party - whether it's out on the track or from around the bar.  

An event not to be missed, think your standard raceday - glamorous & stylish - but at the same time fast-paced and action-packed.


It's racing as the sun goes down and that means get set to party! 

Each year Aucklanders descend on upon Ellerslie Racecourse for this crowd-favourite event, soaking up the buzzing atmosphere of a fast-paced evening at the races in any number of precincts.

Picking the horses is made easy too as the jockeys are racing in team colours as part of the Barfoot & Thompson Jockeys' World Cup.

Then, once the horses have gone to bed, everyone gets together & really lets their hair down in our contemporary Cuvée Bar where the Sweet Mix Kids will be playing live.

What to Wear

Part raceday, a lot party - we suggest you have fun with your outfit & incorporate a little 'cocktail hour' into your racewear look.  Headpieces aren't compulsory but an on-trend crown, headband or hair 'jewel' wouldn't go astray - it is the races, after all. 


Tickets & Hospitality

Always a sell-out affair & hugely popular for Christmas parties, check out our ticketing options or contact us direct for private hosting enquiries.  


Event Schedule* 
  • 3.30 pm: Gates & the Garden Party open

  • 4.00 pm: All other shared hospitality areas open 

  • 4.35 pm: First race (of six) 

  • 7.36 pm: Last race 

  • THEN: Sweet Mix Kids play live in Cuvée 


All bars close shortly after the last race, except Cuvée and the Winning Post.  All guests on course are welcome into those areas (official after-party is in Cuvée) until the event closes at 11.30 pm but please note, this is an R18 event, a dress code applies & will be strictly enforced. Intoxicated persons will not be permitted

* All times are approximate and subject to change

Barfoot &  Thompson Jockeys' World Cup


The Barfoot & Thompson Jockeys' World Cup returns in 2019

A concept born out of a passion for the sport of racing, the Jockeys' World Cup is a top-level entertainment & racing offering, designed to recognise & honour the true heroes of thoroughbred racing - the riders.


How it works:

  • There are four teams of three jockeys

  • Each team represents a sporting team which is aligned to Barfoot & Thompson

  • Jockeys are randomly allocated horses in all the evening's six races

  • Points are accumulated across the six races on the night and will determine the winning team. Horses still race and win stakes for their connections 

  • Designer Benny Castles of WORLD has been charged with designing the jockeys’ team breeches - so keep an eye out, they're nothing like what you'll expect!

Event information

  • You're able to bring your own picnic food & unopened, non-alcoholic beverages into outdoor public areas on course & can purchase alcoholic beverages from bars on site. There are a number of food outlets on site too

  • Attending the races offers the perfect opportunity to dress to impress! Raceday attire is required to access all hospitality areas, the Ascot Stand & other events (including the after-party). While we hate turning people away, the dress code will be enforced as required and entry may be refused if it is not adhered to 

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • Ellerslie encourages 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

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

  • Events terms & conditions apply

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