Christmas Hospitality Packages On Sale

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The popular 10th DEC SKYCITY Hamilton Waikato Cup and 17th DEC Te Rapa Christmas at the Races Hospitality packages are now on sale. With $15 early bird General Admission for the regions biggest Christmas party, the SKYCITY Hamilton Waikato Cup is sure to be a sell out. Check out all the event details or contact us for further information. 

Race Meeting Information 2016/17 Season

The new seasons schedule for meetings to be held at Te Rapa Racecourse has been confirmed.  Meeting dates can be found at Race Meetings or for the full calendar please refer to nzracing.co.nz

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!

14 SEP

Te Rapa Race Meeting

Waikato RC @ Te Rapa

30  SEP

Te Rapa Race Meeting

Waikato RC @ Te Rapa

See the full list of Race Meetings.


Latest News

Spring has arrived, and it's time that this country's top horses return to the race-track with a fantastic field lining up for the Group One $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings this Satuday.

The weight-for-age event features multiple Group One winner Kawi as well as other Group One performing mares Valley Girl, Capella, Stolen Dance and Australian-bred Our Vegara among the elite field.

Kawi is an impressive looking equine and connections hope the now six-year-old returns to his best with a likely raid in Australia this season.

The son of Savabeel was spelled after over-racing and finishing a disappointing fifth in the Group One Huanui Farm WFA Classic in February.

The Allan Sharrock trained gelding underwent a minor wind operation to rectify a breathing issue.

He returned looking in fine order to win a trial at Foxton last month, and was hot favourite for the Group Two Foxbridge Plate here at Te Rapa a fortnight ago until a minor injury in his final gallop forced the New Plymouth trainer to scratch him.

Kawi will again be ridden by Leith Innes, the pair have drawn 15 and will be out to defend their Markfi Challenge title when last year they beat Ryan Mark by just over a length. The duo went onto to capture two more Group One's last season, the Zabeel Classic and the Thorndon Mile.

Kawi opened the market for the Makfi at $5.50, with a recent flood of money he currently heads the market at $4.20 ahead of joint $5.50 second favourites Stolen Dance and Valley Girl.

Local Stolen Dance resumed at the beginning of the month with an encouraging run for fourth to Valley Girl at Ruakaka.

Our Vagara will have her first start in New Zealand for her new trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman. The six-year-old mare has won on eight occasions and does have a fourth placing to Winx in the Group One Doncaster Handicap in April to her name.


Last start Te Rapa winner Bella Gioia displayed she's a filly to watch over the three-year-old fillies races this season with a comprehensive performance, winning the $12,000 NZB Insurance Pearl Series (1100m) at Taupo today.

Ridden by Danielle Johnson, Bella Gioia began well from barrier five to lead briefly until Johnson restrained her mount to settle sixth on the rail.

Queen of Zealand set the pace till the home turn, with Johnson angling her filly five wide into the home straight.

The daughter of Westbury Stud's Swiss Ace hit the front in the final 100 metres and under a hands and heel ride by Johnson won easily by just under two lengths. It's Time For Magic (S.Spratt) fought on well for second, with I Am Gracie (C.Lammas) in third place.

The winning time was 1:05.38, the last 600m 35.78

Trainer Shaune Ritchie purchased Bella Gioia at the 2015 Karaka Select Sale for $60,000, and is raced by Dominic Li, and commentator George Simon and his wife Maryanne.

All the owners were in Hong Kong when the filly won at Te Rapa in the beginning of July, but George was on hand to call her in today. By her performance, there could be a few more wins in store.

Ritchie plans to take on her own age group this season.

Bella Gioia has now had three starts, winning two (in succession) and earnings just over $20,000 in prizemoney but today's race was a Pearl Series race with $11,500 bonus.

Bella Gioia is a half-sister to Niki Piki Milo, winner of the Listed Ryder Stakes.


Public Notification of Waikato Racing Club Inc. Annual General Meeting

Waikato Racing Club appoints True Colours Children's Health Trust as Charity Partner. 

The Board of the Waikato Racing Club is pleased to announce refurbishment plans for the Kentucky Lounge.

It is hoped that new carpet, new paint, new furniture and a few minor structural alterations will freshen up the Lounge and provide a more modern and comfortable environment for our Members and their guests.

There will also be a minor renovation to the entrance of the International Stand.

With any project such as this, there will be some disruption.

Works begins now, after the weekends running of the Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate, and it is hoped that all will be completed for SKYCITY Hamilton Waikato Cup day on 10 December 2016.

The Kentucky Lounge - between these dates - will be closed.

Alternative arrangements will be put in place for Members for each race meeting during this period and Members will be informed of these arrangements prior to the race meeting.

The Board very much appreciates the support of the Members during this time and believes the short term inconvenience of not having the Kentucky Lounge available will be worth it. 


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