7 & 13 March 2021
Auckland Cup Week®
Vodafone Derby Day
Date Sunday 7 March 2021
The opening day of the Auckland Cup Week® at Ellerslie Racecourse is highlighted by New Zealand’s richest Group I race, the $1 million Vodafone New Zealand Derby® for three-year-old throughbred horses.
Off-track, Vodafone Derby Day provides a spectacular mix of hospitality and entertainment with three fashion competitions headed up by the national fashions in the field final – The Ned Prix de Fashion, live music, free children’s entertainment, competitions and more.
On track, the Vodafone New Zealand Derby® - arguably the most prized race in New Zealand - is supported by three other group and listed races with another six in support.
Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day
Date Saturday 13 March 2021
A day that celebrates the running of the time-honoured Group I $500,000 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup® and boasts of a spectacular racing programme – it’s certainly a fitting toast to Ellerslie’s sell-out summer of racing.
Off-track, Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day has something for everyone with a fashion competition, the running of the Dunstan Feeds Auckland Clydesdale Cup, free children’s entertainment, live music, competitions and more.
In addition to the big one, the day’s racing menu includes the Group I Bonecrusher New Zealand Stakes, for the leading weight-for-age performers, while the country’s top two-year-old thoroughbreds clash in the Group I Sistema Stakes.