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WingatuiClubs & Courses Index
ClubsThe following clubs race at Wingatui:
Wingatui Racecourse in Dunedin is home to the Otago Racing Club. It also hosts the annual fixture of the Beaumont Racing Club. The course is the strategic racing and training centre in the Otago region and is home to around 120 horses. Wingatui stages the region’s Group and Listed races, the most celebrated of which is the Group 3 White Robe Lodge Stakes run in February at the Club’s Champions Day, Premier meeting. Significant funds have been spent in recent years on improving the facilities and grounds at Wingatui and the track can be considered one of the most modern and comfortable in New Zealand.
Non Race Day facilities: Wingatui is a picturesque racecourse, with facilities that lend themselves to non-race day functions. The race course is also a busy and active function centre hosting weddings, conferences and function. Many other community sporting events are run at the course, including Mud Sweat and Tears, the Edmund Cup cross country and numerous pony club fixtures.
Hospitality: The Otago Racing Club prides itself on its hospitality. Every race day Trackside dining is available in the Winning Post Lounge overlooking the birdcage and adjacent to the Winning Post. However on their major days such as Melbourne Cup Day, Boxing Day, Champions Day and Fillies Day the club offers numerous packages based inside the grandstand and also in marquees. Over 3500 are pre-sold into hospitality on Melbourne Cup Day. To view options visit the club’s website: Wingatui.co.nz or call 03 489 6233.
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Dunedin Champions Day - February 2013
Champions Day at Wingatui is part of the Gallop South Racing Festival which commences at Gore a fortnight before on January 17, follows through to Wingatui on January 31 and then heads on to Invercargill on February 14 and Cromwell on March 1. The fixture is unquestionably the most important racing event in Otago and Southland. The feature race is the Group 3 White Robe Lodge Handicap. There are three other stakes races programmed on the day including the Dunedin Gold Cup and the Dunedin Guineas. The Club put up generous travel subsidies to entice North Island participation. The day’s activities include the Punter of the Year contest and also a fund raising luncheon for Relay For Life.
Melbourne Cup Day
This fixture is the Club’s highest attended race day with around 8000 people making their way to Wingatui to enjoy the local racing and the action from Flemington on the giant screen. The majority of the crowd are entertained inside marquees and enjoy great hospitality. The day appeals to corporates who have private marquees and also to students who come to the event to celebrate their end of year exams. Last year the student tent, known as the Makybe Diva marquee housed 500 people and sold out in next to no time.
The Boxing Day fixture is the clubs largest family event. It is a feature license so good horse numbers are in attendance and the racing is good quality. The day is part of the Interislander Summer Festival so there is free entertainment and activities for all the family.
Other key days include Fillies Day in March and Queens Birthday in June.
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