Your guide to Auckland’s million-dollar party!

Caitlin O'Sullivan
21 January 2021

Believe us when we say, the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million at Ellerslie is an event NOT to be missed. With high stakes (over $2.3 million to be exact, but we’ll get to that shortly…) and a buzzing atmosphere to match, this truly is one of the biggest and most glamorous nights on the racing calendar – and it’s a mere two days away!

With not one but two $1 million races, racing doesn’t get much more exciting. Feel the anticipation build before the gates crash open in the $1,000,000 DoubleTree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO. Then witness the country’s top 3-year-olds thunder down the Ellerslie home-straight in the $1,000,000 Karaka Million 3YO Classic. With four other races run in support, this fast-paced twilight event showcases New Zealand racing at the most elite level, in a seriously stylish way.  

You’ve missed the kick if you’re still after tickets... The bad news: all hospitality precincts have now sold out. The good news: there are still general admission tickets available and a general admission ticket WILL get you access to the official onsite afterparty following the last race, where racegoers will kick up their heels and boogie to the sounds of Ellerslie's favourite band and SWEET MIX KIDS.

And if you're looking for something to do on Sunday, be sure to pop out to the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka complex for day one of the 95th National Yearling Sale Series. We can promise you one thing - the winner of the 2022 $1,000,000 Karaka Million 2YO will be there... 

Good-to-know: New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Million, Saturday 23 January

3.00pm – General admission gates, Ascot Stand and Garden Party open

3.30pm – All other hospitality areas open

4.26pm – Race 1

6.30pm – Race 4 - $1,000,000 Doubletree by Hilton Karaka Million 2YO

7.45pm – Race 6 - $1,000,000 Karaka Million 3YO Classic (last race)

THEN – All racegoers are welcome to party on in The Cavallo Club, Cuvee or The Winning Post  

For more information, check out Ellerslie’s Karaka Million event page

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