16, 23 and 30 January 2021
NZCIS Wellington Cup Carnival
Date Saturday 16 January 2021
Kick start the Wellington Cup Carnival with a showcase of three Black Types, including the Group 1 Levin Classic for the leading three-year-olds and a quality support programme. It’s a day for timeless classics and sophisticated indulgence, a classic summer raceday where we pay homage to the finest our sport has to offer. Such as the Trentham Stakes, famously won three times by the hall of fame Castletown who also echoed this hat trick beating the Wellington Cup field an unbelievable three times.
Interislander Summer Festival Family Raceday
Date Saturday 23 January 2021
It’s the day for the entire family to enjoy. Swap your heels for flip flops and your fascinators for sun hats. With a fun park of FREE kids entertainment and activities on offer, mum and dad can relax in the stunning sunshine and have a flutter on the horses.
Family Day is our community day and it’s a firm tradition in the Wellington diary.
Don’t forget the kids fashion in the field, it’s hugely popular so make sure you get in early to register.
NZCIS Wellington Cup Day
Date Saturday 30 January 2021
Cup Day is one of the standout days of New Zealand racing and the jewel of the Wellington Racing calendar. Featuring a banquet of class act racing, fashion and an all day Festival Zone – there’s no party like it. This premier day boasts two Group 1 races, the JR & N Berkett Telegraph and Harcourts Thorndon Mile. Headlined by the infamous Group 3 NZ Campus of Innovation and Sport Wellington Cup and not forgetting the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes, it’s a hugely anticipated day on NZ’s finest summer racing surface.
The $250,000 NZCIS Wellington Cup, which has been run annually since 1874, is staged over 3200m and tests the stamina and heart of the leading stayers, while the $250,000 Group 1 J&N Berkett Telegraph (1200m) is New Zealand’s richest open sprint.
The $200,000 Group 1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile (1600m) attracts New Zealand’s premier milers while the leading fillies will tackle the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m).
Racing is only a slice of the attraction of Cup Day, with the glitz and glamour of fashion and annual social highlight with friends making this Wellington’s favourite summer party! To add to the electrifying atmosphere this year will be The edge Festival Zone, nonstop beats from Midday – 8pm featuring Stan Walker and Ladi-6 live in concert!
The opportunity for stakes and winnings doesn’t stop with the racegoers, there are fantastic prizes on offer to all guests gracing Cup Day. Queensgate Fashion in the Field supported by Rydges Wellington has an amazing prize pool including $10,000 of Queensgate Shopping Centre vouchers, Rydges Wellington accommodation, a Mercedes-Benz Wellington escape, Trelise Cooper and L’Oreal gifts.
And one guest on-course will WIN a diamond!
Wellington Cup Day – there’s no party like it!