Whips n Spurs

Saturday 26 October 2019

Drinks, food, racing and an excuse to dress up!

One of Auckland's best events in a venue like no other, hosted in our exclusive Cuvée Bar & Lawn during Cox Plate Raceday.

Dress-up: be inspired by the season's latest trends and put your best foot forward - the day's "Spring Filly" is going to get rewarded with prizes including a free dress or bag hire from the team at Borrowed Boutique and a voucher for Art of Nails valued at $160. 2nd and 3rd runners up will also each receive a voucher for Art of Nails valued at $160 each.

Play: you'll be able to check out the parading fillies & pick your winner, enjoy a flutter at the tote and experience the thrill of the chase as the horses race past the party.


12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Brookland

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Arii Jade

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Hamish Crocker

6:00 pm - closing Jetski Safari

Drink: whether it's something from the pop-up Bacardi bar, Champagne, prosecco, beer, Red Bull or a raft of other beverages, the bars will be stocked ready for your purchase & helping ensure you enjoy the very best of springtime, sunshine and a day spent trackside…

Eat: The crew from Taco Loco NZ & Stumpy's Woodfired Pizza are popping up on the day to serve up some seriously delicious fare

Standard Ticket

$55 per person


$500 group of 10


Includes drink on arrival, food for purchase (we also have Taco Loco and Pizza on site!), cash bar, entertainment, betting facilities & other surprises!


Whips n Spurs Ellerslie Races Octobe 2019

A day at the races offers an excuse to dress up like nowhere else, Cox Plate Raceday is no different. 


VIP Ticket

$85 per person


Includes all standard ticket inclusions  AND entry into VIP area with a private bar, additional drink on arrival & a selection of complimentary snacks.


Event schedule*

11.00am - Gates open

12.00pm - Whips n Spurs open 

12.28pm - First race (approx) 

5.09pm  - Last race (approx)

* Please note timings are approximate & may be subject to change



Is there a dress code?

Sure is!  A strict dress code applies and, while we hate turning people away, this will be enforced.  Remember too that you're dressing for a day at the races, not a night in the club.  The winning look is not based on how much skin you can show off. 

What's the difference between tickets to Whips n Spurs vs all other areas on course? 

If you want to be at Whips n Spurs, you need a Whips n Spurs ticket.  At no point of the day or evening will any other ticket get you into the party where the food, drinks, DJs, fashion spotters & people-watching will be.

What age restrictions are on this event?

Whips n Spurs is strictly R18 and photographic proof of age may be required to gain entry. While there's no age limit, this event is targeted at those aged between 20-30yrs - we have plenty of other events throughout the year for those of you that may be younger or older. 

Is there seating?

While there are a few seats at this event (more in the VIP area); there is no reserved seating and it's all on a first-in, first-served basis.

For further information on this raceday, including details regarding parking & accessibility, click here

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