Meeting News

Riccarton Park-Canterbury JC | Wednesday 11 November RACE DAY

Race Day 
Weather: Overcast
Track: Slow 7
Rail: True 
Weather and Track last updated at 6.25am Wednesday 11 November
Tuesday Afternoon
Weather: Overcast
Track: Slow 7
Rail: True 
Weather and Track last updated at 3.49pm Tuesday 10 November
Tuesday Morning
Weather: Overcast
Track: Slow 7
Rail: True 
Weather and Track last updated at 8.59am Tuesday 10 November
Monday Morning
Weather: Overcast
Track: Slow 9
Rail: True | 48mm rain last 48 hours
Weather and Track last updated at 8.49am Monday 9 November
Sunday Morning
Weather: Raining
Track: TBC
Rail: True 
Weather and Track last updated at 8.51am Sunday 8 November
Saturday Evening
Weather: Showery
Track: Dead 4
Rail: True 
Weather and Track last updated at 6.41pm Saturday 7 November
Withdrawal Morning
Weather: Overcast
Track: Dead 4
Rail: True | No Rain
Weather and Track last updated at 6.16am Saturday 7 November
Nomination Afternoon 
Weather: Overcast
Track: Dead 4
Rail: True
Weather and Track last updated at 3.44pm Friday 6 November
Nomination Morning
Weather: Now Overcast 
Track: Dead 5
Rail: True
Weather and Track last updated at 12.54pm Friday 6 November
Nomination Morning
Weather: Drizzling
Track: Dead 5
Rail: True
Weather and Track last updated at 8.56am Friday 6 November
Consolation Races: If a horse gains a start in the $30,000 MDN 1400m or MDN 2000m it must start in that race, or alternatively come out of both the $15,000 and $30,000 races.
Apprentice Riders:
Sarah Macnab (a2) 021 123 1858
Sam O'Malley (a3) 027 204 7857
Rohan Mudhoo (a2) 027 727 0693
Sanu Toolooa (a3) c/- 027 624 6142 & 027 388 6445
Senior Riders:
Akshay Balloo 027 242 1320
Sam Collett c/- 021 260 7170
Agustina Comignaghi c/- 021 556 712
Click here to view acceptances 
Following consultation with the New Zealand Trainers’ Association & Racing Clubs, it has been agreed that entry to the Saddling Enclosures at all thoroughbred racing venues will be restricted to Licensed Trainers & Registered Persons. In conjunction with this directive, the minimum age for staff to enter these areas is 14 years unless a Stipendiary Steward has granted prior approval. In order to enforce this policy, Licensed Trainers and Licensed Persons must display their official NZTR ID card to gain access to the Saddling Enclosure areas on raceday.


PRIVATE SUITE & GUINEAS TERRACE:  Due to a cancellation one private suite is available on the FIRST & SECOND DAY.  A limited number of Tables are available in ‘The Stables’ on the Guineas Terrace for the 1st day – call Kym now 03 336 0055.

JOCKEYS:  Clause 3.3 of the NZTR COVID-19 Emergency Regulations which currently apply require jockeys to provide their own water bottle with their name on it should they require a drink of water at the starting gates. The forecast is for warm temperatures on Saturday so it may be sensible to be prepared for this requirement.  Drink bottles can be handed in to the Stipendiary Stewards room where they will be collected by the starter and taken to the start.


The following conditions have been reached in consultation with the NZ Jockeys Association and apply to use of the Sauna at Riccarton Park Racecourse.

  • There MUST always be at least two (2) people in the Sauna/Jockeys Rooms.
  • The sauna is NOT to be used by ONE PERSON in the facility on their own.
  • All cars are to be parked out on the driveway NOT inside the ‘Arch Gate’.
  • The Jockeys Room/Basement area must be locked when leaving. It is not to be left open under any circumstances.
  • Lights and heaters are to be turned off.
  • A water cooler is installed to provide drinking water.
  • Jockeys using the facilities are responsible for cleaning and tidying the sauna, showers, and toilets after use.

IMPORTANT!! – OWNERS PRIVILEGES ALL THREE DAYS:  Raceday tickets are provided by way of the barcode on the NZTR letter sent out by email prior to the meeting.  Owners must check their emails for this letter and remember to bring a copy to gain entry.  The letter can also be shown on a smart phone.  The barcode will be scanned, and Club (Members) Grandstand wristbands will be distributed at that time.  Racebooks and Owners ribbons for all races (Special ribbons for the  Al Basti Equiworld  NZ 2000 Guineas, the Coupland’s Bakeries Mile, Barneswood Farm NZ 1000 Guineas, and the Christchurch Casino NZ Cup) can be collected for the from the ‘Owners Box’ just outside the main turnstiles (from the ‘Owner Lane’ in the entry marquee on NZ Cup Day) and the ‘Owners Box’ at the Steadman Road entrance.

ENTRY TO THE COURSE:  Security will be in control of the entrance gates on all three days of the Meeting.  Please ensure that you have your NZTR Licence pass or the correct entrance ticket to prevent embarrassment or difficulties at the gates.  Cars are best to use the Steadman Road entrance and park in the areas provided in the Carriage Paddock.

HORSE FLOAT PARKING:  All horse floats are to use the containment area.

Trainers and horse float operators are advised that it is a requirement of the CJC H&S policy that all floats unload and load within the confines of the contained Float Park. Horses must not be unloaded or loaded anywhere other than within this area.  Horse floats must enter the Racecourse from the Steadman Road gate.

STABLE-HAND ID PASSES:  Stable-hand passes for those working on the day will gain access through the Float Park only.  STABLE HAND PASSES DO NOT GAIN ENTRY ON RACEDAY and DO NO ENTITLE MEMBERS PRIVILEGES.

RACEDAY STALLS:  Given the probability of a high number of starters and the resulting pressure on tie-up stalls Trainers are asked to work together in managing the use of tie-up stalls.  Please do not leave vacant stalls between you and your neighbour.  Any reserved stalls will be released if horses have nowhere to go.  Please return horses to the Visitors/Permanent Stables as soon as possible after racing.

Two extra stalls have been created by shifting the Clerks of Course to the Farrier area, eight new outdoor tie-up stalls facing the Grand National Stand have been built and the two small yards have been brought into the area by re-aligning fencing.  This creates an additional 12 places for horses resulting in 132 in total.

LICENCE DISPLAY:  To assist security in ensuring that only authorised people are allowed onto the racecourse and into the raceday stalls area it is essential that all licence-holders and licensed staff wear their licence badges so that they are always clearly visible.

Security do not necessarily know trainers and other licence holders by sight and wearing licence badges so that they are easily seen will prevent any unnecessary embarrassment in accessing the stalls area.



OWNERS PAVILLION:  Owners are invited to join the Club and sponsors for a drink before their race in the LOVERACING ‘Owners Pavilion’ situated on the south side of the Parade Ring.

MOUNTING IN PARADE RING:  All Group & Listed races on the first two days and on NZ Cup Day races 4, 6, 8, 9 and 10.

VISITORS STABLES CONGESTION:  Trainers are asked to park horse floats in a manner that does not cause congestion in the walkway to the track.  During track work people need to be observant to the fact that horses and being led and ridden to the track.

HI-VIZ VESTS:  All riders are required to wear Hi-Viz Vests or jackets when riding trackwork at Riccarton Park.


Not being held this year.


Sunday 8 November.  Bowls start at 9 am.

Burnside Bowling Club.  Sponsored by Te Akau Racing – Prize Pool exceeds $2,250. Entry $60 per team includes a light lunch. Email Alan at [email protected].


Sunday 8 November.

Coringa Golf Course - Shotgun start at 12noon, Stableford with best 3 of 4 to count, $200 per team of 4. Email [email protected].

Monday 9 November.

Templeton Golf Course - Shotgun start at 12noon, Ambrose teams. Entry $200 per team of 4 with $10 per head sweepstake an additional option. Email [email protected].


at Trackwork from 7:00 am to 9:00 am.  Tuesday, 10 November, and Thursday 12 November.  Trainers Hut, Riccarton Park Racecourse.


The super screen will be sited on the inside of the course proper between the Services Track and the Plough at the 100-metre mark at various times over the NZ Cup Meeting.  On NZ Cup Day a second screen will be positioned at the 400-metre mark.  A third screen will be in the Show Gate Reserved Carpark.


A temporary cell phone tower is erected in the centre of the racecourse.


DROPPING OFF GEAR:  Trainers who are dropping off gear before the races on NZ Cup Day need to use the Steadman Road gate and drive down into the Float Park which is behind the Raceday Tie-Up stalls.  This will avoid problems associated with the lock-down of the Racecourse on the morning of the races.  It is essential that you have your Trainers Licence to present to security.

LIQUOR POLICY:  No walk on or carry on BYO in any areas (First two days).  No BYO any areas on NZ Cup Day.  Searches will be carried out.

R18 POLICY (NZ CUP DAY ONLY):  Please note that an R18 policy applies on NZ Cup Day.  This includes Trainers staff.  An exception applies to Owners who may wish to bring their children to the races and Trainers who have people aged less than 18 working for them on the day.  It is necessary to pre-register the fact that you will have minors with you on NZ Cup Day.  The necessary wristband, which MUST be worn on the day, can then be provided.  Details required are name/age/gender/guardian or Trainer/guardian cell phone/member (or car park reference if applicable). – email [email protected] with any applications.

The exception does not apply to the Carriage Paddock areas which are strictly R18.

WRISTBANDS (NZ CUP DAY ONLY):  Wristbands are required to be worn by all people attending NZ Cup Day.  These will be distributed on entry to the course.  Every person entering the Course should expect to receive a wristband.  Trainers will be provided with the wristband when arriving in the Float Park or if coming through the main turnstiles on presentation of the NZTR licence in the Corporate Queue.