New Zealand’s richest racing carnival, Auckland Cup Week, returns to Ellerslie Racecourse, in 2019 and is comprised of two premier days; Vodafone Derby Day and Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day.

With world-class horses running for valuable purses, the colour and pageantry of racing fashion on display, and the finest food and champagne being enjoyed by racegoers mixing and mingling trackside, it’s racing in New Zealand at its finest.

Vodafone Derby Day features the $1 million Group 1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby, the national fashions in the field final – The Ned Prix de Fashion – and a host of other premier races and entertainment in support.

Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day provides an amazing full stop to the week with the running of the $500,000 Group 1 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup, a fashion competition for the lucky and, when the official proceedings are over, everyone kicks up their heels at the on-site afterparty to celebrate the week that was.

Event dates:

Vodafone Derby Day | Saturday 2 March 2019
Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day | Saturday 9 March 2019

Key event information:

Tickets from
Gates open at 11:00am
Tickets from $20pp with private areas also available for functions – contact the Auckland Racing Club for more
Children under 15 years free
Shared hospitality areas open from 11:30pm
First race at approx. 12:30pm
Last race approx. 6:00pm
Free parking & Ellerslie Racecourse is just a 600m walk from Greenlane Train

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