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Canterbury Jockey Club
The Canterbury Jockey Club is one of New Zealand major racing organisations. Its headquarters is the historic Riccarton Park Racecourse where there has been racing since 1855. The course is situated just minutes from the Christchurch city centre and International Airport and offers racing fans a beautiful country setting complemented by modern, elegant facilities. There is also a major training and stabling facility as well as the racing opportunities. For over 165 years the Canterbury Jockey Club has been at the forefront of New Zealand racing conducting some of the most prestigious races in the country. Riccarton Park is home to 22 racedays each season with highlights including the New Zealand Cup Meeting in November, Grand National Festival of Racing (Jumps Racing) in August and the four day Autumn Racing Season.
The Club's racing calendar is defined by:
- The iconic Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup over the staying test of 3200 metres.
- Group 1, Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas over the classic distance of 1600 metres.
- Group 1, Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas for the three-year-old fillies.
- Group 2, Coupland's Bakeries Mile over 1600 metres for the Open horses
Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge Grand National Steeplechase in August.
Hospitality New Zealand Canterbury Grand National Hurdle Race also in August.
23 Group, Listed and Prestige Jumping Races are held each year.
On 11 of these races the Club pays well above the industry funded minimum stake.
17 of the Club's 22 racedays are Feature, Premier or Iconic race meetings. Racing is conducted every month except for July.
Membership: There are 5 types of memberships:
$290 City Member – all Riccarton Park racedays
$220 Young City Member – under 30yrs (receive 2 tickets)
$40 Provincial Member – North Canterbury, Amberley, Hororata and Riccarton Turf racing at Riccarton Park
$330 City and Provincial Member
$260 Provincial and Young City Member
For more information, please contact Alison Robin via email [email protected] or tel: 03 336 0040
Each suite has a superb vista of racing with the Canterbury Plains and Southern Alps beyond. You can choose from 12 suites, each catering for 10 to 80 people. For more information, please contact Kym Berney via email [email protected] or tel: 03 336 0055)
|Sat 23 Oct 2021||Riccarton Park||Feature|
|Sat 6 Nov 2021||Riccarton Park||Premier|
|Wed 10 Nov 2021||Riccarton Park||Premier|
|Sat 13 Nov 2021||Riccarton Park||Iconic|
|Fri 3 Dec 2021||Riccarton Park||Industry|
|Thu 20 Jan 2022||Riccarton Park||Industry|
|Sat 29 Jan 2022||Riccarton Park||Feature|
|Fri 25 Feb 2022||Riccarton Park||Industry|
|Thu 10 Mar 2022||Riccarton Park||Industry|
|Sat 26 Mar 2022||Riccarton Park||Feature|
|Sat 9 Apr 2022||Riccarton Park||Feature|
|Sat 23 Apr 2022||Riccarton Park||Feature|
|Sat 7 May 2022||Riccarton Park||Feature|
|Sat 25 Jun 2022||Riccarton Park||Feature|
|Fri 29 Jul 2022||Riccarton Park||Industry|
New Zealand Cup Meeting – 6, 10, 13 November 2021
This is arguably the greatest week of racing in New Zealand, embracing everything that is great about Christchurch and Canterbury.
Nine Group and Listed races dominate the 30 races held over the three days (Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday).
At this meeting Riccarton Park becomes the focal point of spring racing with the very best three-year-olds travelling to Christchurch seeking to emulate some of the greats of the Australasian turf by winning either of the Guineas races.
Grand National Festival of Racing – 7, 11, 14 August 2021
A three day meeting (Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday) held in the first week of August. Horses, trainers and owners travel the length of New Zealand to race over steeplechases, hurdles and the flat.
Friday 3 December 2021 - Riccarton Park Christmas at the Races
The Christchurch home of thoroughbred racing provides you with wonderful options for your end-of-year celebration. Twilight racing action with a live band and all the festive fun you need for a great evening out.