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The Waikato Racing Club is the host club conducting 16 licences of the 18 race days held annually at Te Rapa Racecourse, Hamilton.
The club is the flagship of the Waikato Region which accommodates New Zealand's largest population of horse operations and racing personnel.
The racetrack has been upgraded in recent times and provides an excellent surface all year round.
The course includes a steeplechase track with spectacular viewing of the jumps down the front straight and has training facilities for up to 100 horses.
Entry to most Te Rapa racedays is free of charge, however there are a few meetings each year that will attract an entry fee for those over 18yrs old. See raceday advertising or contact the racing club for more information if required.
Membership costs are $100 per season that entitles every member to one membership badge, one guest badge and one car park pass. Membership grants entry to all race days throughout the year as well as exclusive member functions and other benefits for members to enjoy. For more information regarding membership please contact the club directly.
There is ample car parking for patrons, food and refreshments and eftpos facilities available.
All enquiries welcomed
The Club conducts three Premier Race Days:
December - Waikato Times Gold Cup Day
February - Ladies Day
May - Premier Jumping Day
Gold Cup Dayhas the largest attendance of any meeting at Te Rapa and being so close to Christmas accommodates many end of year business functions as well as full utilisation of the corporate facilities. It is also a heavily family oriented day for picnics on the lawn and prior bookings for spaces are essential.
Ladies Day is our elite premier meeting for the racing purist with two Group 1 races (Whakanui Stud International Stakes and Waikato Draught Sprint) and one Group 2 race - the Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies Classic.
The Premier Jumping Day attracts the jumping enthusiasts along with large functions and private groups oncourse. Te Rapa is regarded as one of the premier jumping venues and hosts our two feature races each year.