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The Matamata Racing Club, located at the Matamata racecourse two kilometres south of the eastern Waikato township of Matamata, is a centre of racing and training excellence.
Twelve race meetings per season, including a Premier fixture in February and an October Feature raceday, are staged by the Matamata Racing Club on the left-handed track.
The MRC also operates a busy and very successful training centre, with an average of more than 700 horses prepared on the course in any month of the year. In recent years the MRC has undertaken an extensive programme to construct four on-site stable barns, with 140 horses now accommodated there.
As well as Matamata's own schedule, the South Waikato Racing Club conducts its popular autumn race meeting at the Matamata course.
Membership: Annual subscription $45.00 includes reciprocal rights with Racing Te Aroha, Racing Rotorua, Racing Taupo and Racing Thames
J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes Day – February
The club’s flagship event is the J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes, a $100,000 race for two year old fillies. With a Group 2 prestige rating, the event is the richest 2 year old fillies race in NZ. The Champagne Lawn is a popular location on this raceday, however seating is limited and early bookings are essential as the function sells out quickly. The day features a Fashion in the Field and Boot Party promotions.
Admission is free, which includes access to the Ascot (Members’) Stand. Children are catered for with free entertainment, a feature at both of the club’s Saturday racemeetings.
December - Matamata Christmas at the Races
Matamata Racing Club is galloping into the festive season. Enjoy a grand end-of-year celebration with work colleagues, friends and family at our iconic twilight meeting. Land yourself an easy trifecta by booking a hospitality package – you’ll be treated to festive food, refreshments, and thoroughbred action second to none.