Vodafone Derby Day

Ft. The Ned Prix de Fashion

Saturday 29 February 2020

There's nothing else like it. Welcome to a seriously enjoyable day out.

Join top class horses, trainers, jockeys & fashionistas as they converge to settle scores & confirm their reputations as the best in the country.

Featuring the $1 million Group One Vodafone New Zealand Derby; the national fashions in the field final - The Ned Prix de Fashion - plus the Hawaiian Airlines Fashion Qualifier and Menswear Award; the Jordan Luck Band playing live; free children's entertainment, your chance to pick the winner and WIN big and a host of other races & entertainment in support, Vodafone Derby Day combines the best of everything Auckland Cup Week has to offer.

The greatest end-of-summer celebration, get your social life on track and come get swept up in an air of excitement as the drama of racing & fashion unfold before your eyes.

Event schedule*

11.00am    Hawaiian Airlines “Pick The Winner” competition begins

                    Fashion registration opens*

                    Pat our ponies on the main driveway (finishing at 2pm)

                    Take a selfie with the Auckland Cup (outside the Raceday Office until 3.00pm)

12.20pm    “Call To Post” performed by our resident bugler (and for every race thereafter)

12.25pm    Race 1 | Curraghmore 1600

1.00pm      Race 2 | Headquarters Viaduct & The Lonely Hearts Club Nathans Memorial

1.00pm      Fashion registration closes*

1.35pm      Race 3 | Vertical Logistics 1400

1.45pm      Hawaiian Airlines Fashion Qualifier: Heats begin*

2.10pm      Race 4 | Go Racing Syndications 1200

2.15pm      Hawaiian Airlines Menswear Award: Heats begin*

2.35pm      Hawaiian Airlines Fashion Qualifier: Final*

2.45pm      Race 5 | Graeme Thomson Antique & Estate Jewellery 1500

3.00pm      Hawaiian Airlines Menswear Award: Final*

3.15pm      The Ned Prix de Fashion: Regional final*

3.20pm      Race 6 | Group 3 McKee Family Sunline Vase

3.40pm      The Ned Prix de Fashion: Grand finalists announced*

3.50pm      Mufhasa, 10 x Group 1 winner, will lead the Mufhasa Fasttrack Stakes field out to the starting gates

3.55pm      Race 7 | Listed Mufhasa FastTrack Stakes

4.10pm      The Ned Prix de Fashion: Supreme winner announced on the birdcage dais*

4.30pm      Race 8 | Group 3 Haunui Farm King’s Plate

4.45pm      Hawaiian Airlines "Pick the Winner" competition: Entries close

4.50pm      Gingernuts, 2017 Vodafone New Zealand Derby winner, will lead the Group 1 $1,000,000

                    Vodafone New Zealand Derby field out to the starting gates

                    Singing of the National Anthem

5.05pm      Race 9 | Group 1 $1,000,000 Vodafone New Zealand Derby

                    Planting of the Derby Rose

5.25pm      Hawaiian Airlines "Pick the Winner" competition: Winner announced

5.40pm      Race 10 | Barfoot & Thompson 2100

THEN          The Jordan Luck Band performs 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 after the last race. Timings are approximate and subject to change

* The Ned Prix de Fashion marquee (behind the Ellerslie Stand)

** Entry into Cuvée after the last race is free to racegoers aged 18yr+; a dress code applies & intoxicated persons will not be permitted or tolerated

Following the tradition of Derby Day events across the globe, black & white takes centre-stage and racegoers are encouraged to dress to this style theme (but it's not a requirement, including for the day's fashion competitions).

A dress code does apply in many areas including the Ascot Stand & hospitality precincts.

If you're bringing the younger family members to Vodafone Derby Day, we've got their day sorted.

Plus! Children under 15 years get free general admission and we currently have an earlybird special on adults' general admission tickets too.  

Gather the squad & pop the bubbles!


If you’re looking for people-watching prospects & an excuse to let your hair down on Vodafone Derby Day, the Garden Party is the precinct for you.  

Tickets $70 per person but hurry! This spot has been extended three times & is about to SELL OUT.

Enter our “Pick the Winner” competition on the day and you could be winging your way there! 

Simply pick which horse you think will win the Vodafone New Zealand Derby®, pop your entry in the corresponding box before entries close AND, if your pick wins the race, you’ll go in the draw to win 100,000 Hawaiian Airlines air miles PLUS three nights’ accommodation at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. **

The national fashions in the field final, The Ned Prix de Fashion*, returns to Vodafone Derby Day

with a $20,000+ winner-takes-all prize package and the title of being the country's best-dressed racegoer awarded to the winner. 


BUT to make it into the big event, you must first qualify. 


If you haven't won a regional qualifying event, you've still got one in four chances to qualify on the day by entering into the Hawaiian Airlines Qualifier Round. Entry into this competition is open to female racegoers aged 18yr+ and is free*.  The four women deemed best dressed by judges will each win 100,000 Hawaiian Airlines air miles AND qualify for the regional final of The Ned Prix de Fashion which takes place later in the day.

Men aren't forgotten either with the Hawaiian Airlines Menswear Award* also taking place on the day which will see the best dressed male take home 100,000 Hawaiian Airlines air miles and three nights at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort.

* Entry terms & conditions apply


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. Outside of hospitality areas, there are also a number of food outlets on site as well

  • Attending the races offers the perfect opportunity to dress to impress. 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 

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • We encourage responsible drinking

  • Children under 15 years  get free general admission 

  • 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

  • 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 to help avoid queues at bars, food outlets & betting facilities

  • Free car-parking is available on course on a first-in, first-served basis but please note there is limited parking available in the carpark adjacent to the Southern Motorway & overnight parking is not permitted in that area due to a car fair taking place the following day (cars left there will be towed). This carpark provides the easiest access to the main entrance (Gate 6) and the raceday ticket collection booth, however it fills quickly

  • 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 Racing Board for promotional purposes

  • Event terms & conditions apply


**Entrants must be aged 18 years+. The winner must be on course & present themselves (with photographic identification) at the Raceday Office within ten minutes of the prize draw otherwise it will be redrawn. Further competition and prize partner Ts & Cs apply.

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