About Waikato Racing Club

The Waikato Racing Club is the host club conducting 16 licences of the 19 race days held annually at Te Rapa Racecourse, Hamilton.  The racetrack has been upgraded in recent times and provides an excellent surface all year round.  More recently the club has undertaken work on a training and trials track which is expected to be in operation in early 2016.   With a healthy membership and support from long term sponsors the Club continues to grow and develop, if you are interested in becoming a Member or Sponsor of the club please find further information below or contact us today!

Next Race Meetings

02 JUL

Te Rapa Race Meeting

Waikato RC @ te Rapa

16 JUL

Te Rapa Race Meeting 

Waikato RC @ Te Rapa 

13 AUG

Foxbridge Plate 

Waikato RC @ te Rapa

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Summer's Day, brought a ray of sunshine to her connections in the worse conditions at Tauranga, when she won the Listed $50,000 Team Wealleans Tauranga Classic (1400m) on Saturday.

Summer's Day with Vinnie Colgan aboard, trailed favourite Aide Memoire early in the fillies and mares' feature before taking control strolling to the lead just before turning for home, clearing out to win by two and a half lengths. Central Districts visitor Aide Memoire tried hard finishing second and Designated Driver battled away along the inside finishing in third place.

The time 1:35.74, in Heavy 11 conditions was the slowest in the 37 year history of the race.

The daughter of Darci Brahma recorded her fourth win from her last six starts, including winning the Chairman's Trophy at Ellerslie at her last start. The consistent four-year-old mare has finished out of the top four only twice in 17 starts.

 "Track conditions were a concern. But she handled it really well. She was always travelling like the winner and she kept going strongly to the line," said part-owner Wayne Pike.

Trainer Tony Pike owns the mare in partnership with his parents Wayne and Vicki, and Lynton Limited. Pike purchased Summer's Day for $30,000 at the Karaka Weanling Sale.

The weight-for-age feature became Pike's 10th stakes win, and the Cambridge trainer has produced 76 winners this season, nearly doubling his previous best of 40 winners. Highlighted with Group One wins with Rangipo in the New Zealand Derby and Provocative and Sacred Elixir over the Tasman.

Summer's Day became the 10th individual stakes winner in New Zealand this season for sire Darci Brahma. She was bred by Helen-Gaye and Graham Bax and Go Bloodstock New Zealand.

Summer's Day has won her last three starts, and now the winner of six of her 17 starts and more than $120,000 in stakes.

Central Districts visitors scored an upset victory, when Katie McKeen won Saturday's $40,000 Orora Kiwi Packaging-LRK Trays Kiwifruit Cup (2100m) at Tauranga.

Trained by Taranaki owner-trainer Gary McBeth and ridden by Robert Hannam, Katie McKeen was stepping up class after a last start win in a Rating 85, but Katie McKeen reveled in the deep heavy11 conditions, to bolt away with the feature handicap.

Katie McKeen trailed early, until Hannam soon took control of the race, taking the six-year-old to the front with 800 from home. Hugging the fence while rivals raced wide for better footing, the pair raced away to win by 13 lengths.

Early pacemaker St Saturnin was another hugging the rail and beat the rest home finishing second with Celebrity Miss in third place.

"I had a nice trail, at 1000 I went outside the leader and took over at the 800. I felt confident as the horse was handling the track very well. She kept kicking in the ground," winning jockey Robert Hannam said.

Katie McKeen is now likely to return north for the Taumarunui Gold Cup (Listed) on July 30, which will be run at Rotorua this year.

"I would have preferred the Taumarunui Cup (2200m) to be at Te Rapa, she's raced so well there before," he said. But we'll have a go at it anyway."

"She likes a sloppy track, as long as the track isn't sticky."

"If she's good in the next few days we'll look for a race on the back-up." McBeth said.

McBeth bred and owns the six-year-old daughter of Keeninsky and Eulogize, in partnership with his wife Valda.

Katie McKeen has won seven wins and 12 placings from 45 starts and earned more than $100,000 in prize-money.

Admiral has earned high praise from Te Rapa trainer on heavy tracks, and that form was needed in appalling heavy conditions at Tauranga, with the four-year-old taking out the Quadrant Pacific 1200 (Rating 85) on Saturday.

Admiral, payed tribute to his recently deceased sire, Align - who was put down at Highview Stud this week at the age of 19. The accomplished stallion has sired 185 individual winners.

Admiral with apprentice Viktoria Gatu aboard, went straight to the lead. Kicking clear after soon turning for home but was challenged by Persuasive, then kicked again in the final furlong to win by a length. The winning time was 1:20.69 for the 1200 metre event.

"He's very average on top of the ground, but he's unbeaten on heavy tracks. He's never been beaten in a race or a trial on a heavy track."

"It was a lovely ride from Viktoria. I told her that he's a go-forward horse and to control the race from the front. It worked out well," Te Rapa trainer Stephen Ralph said.

Admiral is now the winner of three (three wins from three starts on heavy tracks) and four seconds from 19 starts, and has earned $51,700.

"I thought he was my best ride today. He loves heavy tracks and only had 52kgs on his back. It was a good win."

"He hit a bit of a flat spot halfway down the straight and I thought I was gone, but he kept kicking and held on."

Group One placegetter Battle Time showed his class, impressively winning the $20,000 Zest 3YO (1400m) in testing conditions at Tauranga.

The son of Battle Paint was tagged earlier in the year as this country's best maidener, with placings in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas (Group One), Diamond Stakes (Group One), Hawke's Bay Guineas (Group Two) and Matamata Slipper (Listed), in his first 10 starts.

The grey colt was spelled after undergoing surgery to remove bone chips after his 2000 Guineas placing, and returned to his latest campaign with a first-up victory at Tauranga in April.

Battle Time and rider Vinnie Colgan settled in third spot, cruised to the lead before turning for home, easily winning by four and a half lengths to Acrylic. Pace-maker Stradivarius battled on well for third place. The winning time was 1:32.24 for the 1400 metre event.

Battle Time is owned by Allan Hayward and trained by Margaret and Tim Carter at Cambridge.

"I was confident today, although a bit unsure of him in the ground. I'm so proud of him and we'll probably put him away now and come back in the spring," said Margaret Carter.

"He's going to go a lot further than 1400 metres. He's pretty versatile."

Battle Time has now had two wins with seven placings from 15 starts and earned more than $170,000 in prize-money.

James McDonald recorded his first victory in the United Kingdom, riding 16/1 Antiquarium to victory in the prestigious heritage handicap £150,000 Northumberland Plate (3200m) at Newcastle on Saturday.

McDonald Godolphin's retained rider in Australia, is in England on an extended visit, brought the Charlie Appleby-trained Antiquarium with a late surge and nail the leader and local favourite Seamour (13-2 favourite) 50 yards from the line.

Antiquarium and McDonald's powerful finish had them a length and a quarter in front of Seamour at the line.

"It's my first winner over here, so it's a nice way to do it," said McDonald.

"I'm thrilled to ride in a big race for Godolphin and Sheikh Mohammed, it's a big team effort and I'm the lucky recipient to be on top.

"Maybe there's a good one in mind in early November (Melbourne Cup). I'm sure he will, he showed a really good turn of foot which we like Down Under.

"He had a turn of foot like a miler and has plenty of pace. Hopefully he goes the right way."

Appleby's assistant trainer James Ferguson said: "James has given him a fantastic ride. There was a moment of worry halfway up the straight, but with the benefit of hindsight we can say we weren't panicking!

For Antiquarium, the big target could now be the Melbourne Cup, a race Godolphin would so dearly love to win.

The 183-year-old handicap was being run on Tapeta for the first time - after Newcastle racetrack changed their turf track with an all-weather this year.

Antiquarium, who had showed his liking for racing on an artificial track by breaking his maiden tag at Wolverhampton last year, but Appleby said he thought Antiquarium could be just as effective on turf.

"We'll see what the handicapper does but there's a £100,000 open handicap at Goodwood, so we'll look at that. He'll be as effective back on turf." said Ferguson.

A Melbourne Cup run awaits!

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