13, 20 and 27 January 2024
NZCIS Wellington Cup Carnival
Date Saturday 13 January 2024
The first day of the Wellington Cup Carnival kickstarts a showcase of New Zealand’s finest horses. The 4 feature races on the 9-race card are headlined with the majesty of our greatest sprinters in the Group 1, 1200m Telegraph, sponsored by Upper Hutt’s finest JR & N Berkett.
For the racing purist, this is an unmissable day on New Zealand’s finest summer racing surface. It’s also a perfect choice for those preferring a more gently paced occasion to Cup Day, with lesser crowds but still the enjoyment of wonderful summer hospitality and the treat of our time-honoured tradition.
NZCIS Wellington Cup Day
Date Saturday 20 January 2024
Cup Day is one of the standout days of New Zealand racing and the jewel of the Wellington Racing calendar. Featuring a showcase of class act racing, fashion and finery – it’s summers hottest midsummer party! This premier day features the Group 1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile and is headlined by the infamous Group 3 NZ Campus of Innovation and Sport Wellington Cup and not forgetting the Group 3 New Zealand Bloodstock Desert Gold Stakes, it’s a hugely anticipated day on NZ’s finest summer racing surface.
The $300,000 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 $220,000 Group 1 Harcourts Thorndon Mile (1600m) attracts New Zealand’s premier milers and the leading fillies will tackle the Group 3 Desert Gold Stakes (1600m).
Whether you’re into music, fashion or a bit of a flutter, Wellington Cup Day is sure to excite. This event is set to be one of the most diverse parties in the capital this summer. Whatever you’re into, get set for summer's greatest spectacle on the Champagne Turf of Trentham Racecourse, Wellington Cup Day is a guaranteed good time. Be a part of the finest show of thoroughbred racing, fashion, superb hospitality and entertainment, and grab tickets to the most sought-after party in Wellington. There’s no party like it!
Family Day at the Races
Date Saturday 27 January 2024
A favourite in the calendar for Wellington families and a great value, action packed day full of fun activities for all!
Loads of FREE activities for the little ones means Mum, Dad and the rest of the big kids can sit back, relax, enjoy a flutter and take in the gorgeous surrounds and sunshine.
For a day of wholehearted good ole-fashioned fun in the sun, swap you’re heels for jandals, your finery for shorts and sundresses and pop on your sunhat. Pack your picnic and find a spot on the lawn or make things easy and reserve a Gazebo spot in advance.