Christmas Hospitality Packages On Sale


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

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!

24 OCT

Labour Day - Sarten Memorial Stakes GR II

Waikato RC @ Te Rapa

05 NOV

Distinction Hamilton Hotel Punters Challenge 

Waikato RC @ Te Rapa

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Latest News

Australian jockey Harry Coffey is well known to the racing public on both sides of the Tasman, but what isn't well known about the young hoop from Swan Hill, he has a terminal illness, cystic fibrosis.

Cystic fibrosis is an incurable and often debilitating genetic disorder that affects the lungs and can result in a reduced life expectancy of between 37 and 50 years old.

Last night, featured a one hour documentary on Harry, how he goes through a battle every day of his life just to do the job he loves - being a jockey.

For those of us that don't have twitter and didn't know about the documentary, it shouldn't be missed.

Re-tweets came pouring through the social media forum after the show.

Neil Kearney, one of Australia's leading story-tellers, spent several weeks with Harry and his family and found the true meaning of living life to the fullest.

"What we found was a story about family, courage, dreams and the will to be the best one can be. We knew that Harry got 'sick' and had to sit out racing from time to time, but that was only tip of the iceberg."

In the words of Neil Kearney:

'A story that transcends racing, a young man with a terminal illness who refuses to be beaten.'

'His doctors never wanted him to be a jockey but now they cheer every ride.

'Harry Coffey is an inspiration, a remarkable Australian.

Success in Coffey's career led him to finish his jockey apprenticeship early - after riding 80 metropolitan winners.

Coffey said leading Victorian trainer Darren Weir was his "biggest supporter."

Weir had booked Coffey to ride Signoff in this year's Melbourne Cup, until he went amiss recently.

This is an inspirational story, that shouldn't be missed.

The Waikato Racing Club and the Estate of H.S. Dyke are pleased to announce a significant increase in the stake of the Group 1 Herbie Dyke Stakes to be run at the Te Rapa race course on 11 February 2017.

The race will be run for total prizemoney of $400,000 - an increase of $100,000 on the 2016 edition of the race - further enhancing its status as the richest Weight-For-Age race in New Zealand.

Karyn Fenton-Ellis, the Chairman of the Waikato Racing Club, was delighted at the stake increase: 

"The late Herbie Dyke, a past Club Chairman and Life Member, was a man who contributed enormously to the Club and indeed to the Waikato and New Zealand business arenas.  It is an honour for this Club to continue to be an industry leader with exciting initiatives such as this - made possible by the generosity and passion of the Dyke family.  Delivering a stake of this level will generate huge interest in racing across the Waikato region and well beyond - you can be certain that this race will attract entries from all over New Zealand and potentially Australia.

"There is so much good news to report for the Waikato Racing Club - this massive stake increase, the development of our inside track and of course Stage 1 of our major facilities' refurbishment project which we expect to be completed in time for SkyCity Hamilton Waikato Cup Day. The Club continues to go from strength to strength."  

Steven Dyke, representing the Dyke Family, added: "Simon and I are thrilled today to be involved with the Waikato Racing Club in announcing that this great race, in memory of our late father who loved racing and this wonderful club, will be run for a stake of $400,000 in 2017. One of life's great weight for age performers himself, he'd be very proud to be associated with this country's richest event in this class."

In other changes to the conditions of this prestigious Group 1 event, early nominations will be announced shortly and prizemoney will be paid back to 10thplace for the first time.  Interested parties can go to for more details. 

Last Saturday was a day of destiny for the former great racemare Ethereal. Not only did the grand-daughter of the former champion stayer, Eleonora win the Group 3 Ethereal Stakes at Caulfield on Caulfield Cup day, but also a son of Ethereal, Imperium won at Ashburton

The up-and-coming stayer, Imperium was sent south last month with the New Zealand Cup as his main target. After a close-up second a fortnight ago, the five-year-old gelding finished strongly down the outside to capture the $20,000 Premier Equine Vets (Rating 65) by three-quarters of a length to All Knitted Up (S.Collett), with one length back to Rosheen (K.Mudhoo) in third.

Imperium's winning time was 2:12.16 (last 600m in 36.45) for the 2100 meters on a Dead5 track.

"It was very good to see him back in winning form, after a good run last start. It didn't make it easy for Matt (Cameron), but he looks as though he will keep improving the further he goes and he's in great order. It was terrific to see some of his owners here on course," said Jamie Richards, who trains the horse in partnership with Stephen Autridge.

The son Encosta De Lago is now quoted at $21 on the fixed odds for the Group 2 $250,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup (3200m) on November 12 at Riccarton.

Te Akau principal David Ellis purchased Imperium for $425,000 at the 2013 Karaka Premier Yearling Sales from Pencarrow Stud's draft, before offering him as part of the Te Akau 2013 Breeding Syndicate.

Imperium has now won three from 14 starts and has earned $30,000 in stakes.

His dam Ethereal, bred and raced by Sir Peter & Philip Vela, trained by Sheila Laxon, won the 2001 Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup double and amassed over $6 million in earnings. From twenty-one starts Ethereal won eight - including four at Group One level.

Imperium's grand-dam Romanee Conti won seven races, including six stakes races.

Ironically, it was 13 years ago to the day when Romanee Conti was successful in the Group 3 Lion Brown Plate (now Sweynesse Stakes) at Rotorua. Her Lion Brown Plate victory was her first race after winning the 1993 Group 3 Hong Kong International Cup (1800m). 

It's been 15 years since Ethereal completed the Caulfield Cup-Melbourne Cup double, but as if it was written in the stars, the granddaughter of the great mare was victorious in a race named after her famous relation on Caulfield Cup day, when Eleonora's took out the $150,000 New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes (Group 3) over 2000 meters at Caulfield on Saturday.

The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained filly stamped her credentials for next months A$1 million Victorian Crown Oaks with a one and a quarter length defeat of Tiamo Grace with Savvan three-quarters of a length away third.

The daughter of Makfi broke maiden ranks with a win at Geelong last month, then was luckless finishing 11th in the Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington a fortnight ago.

On Saturday, Eleonora with Damien Oliver aboard settled handy improving on the home turn and drew away nicely.

"For all the bad luck she had last time, she made up for it today. We brought her over for the Victoria Oaks and we knew if she'd just pick up enough money to get in the race, she'd be hard to beat. We'll go the Wakeful Stakes at Flemington (October 29) as her final lead-up before the Oaks, if she needs another start," co-trainer Andrew Forsman said.

Bruce Perry Bloodstock purchased the filly for Lib P........ at the 2015 Karaka Premier Yearling Sale for $60,000 from Sir Peter Vela's Pencarrow Stud draft.

In another twist of fate, last year's Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan - also trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, was mated with Sir Peter Vela's great mare Ethereal, earlier this week.

Eleonora is the fourth foal of the unraced mare Sopra Tutto a half-sister to the New Zealand Derby third placegetter Umbrellas out of the grand racemare Ethereal.

Ethereal was the 2001-2 Australia and NZ Champion Stayer. Her eight wins included four at the Group One level - the BMW Stakes, Melbourne Cup, Queensland Oaks, and Caulfield Cup.

Ethereal was herself a daughter of a top racemare, Romanee Contee, winner of the Hong Kong Cup, who is a three-quarter-sister to Grand Echezeaux (dam of Darci Brahma and Burgundy) and Our Echezeaux.

Eleonora becomes the 12th stakes-winner for Westbury Stud shuttler Makfi. The English 2000 Guineas winner has recently been sold by Qatar Bloodstock to the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association. 

Scapolo would have to be the best placed horse in the country, and the Kevin Myers trained gelding showed his class recording his sixteenth win, taking out the $70,000 Group 3 Sweynesse Stakes at Rotorua.

The seven-year-old finished second in last year's event, but went one better on Saturday with a comprehensive performance.

Ridden by Sam Spratt, the son of Bachelor Duke settled at the rear, then rounding the field before the turn, striding clear on the outside of the track to win with ease. Underthemoonlight (A.Jones) finished strongly from the back of the field along the inside albeit four and half lengths behind the winner, with North And South (T.Thornton) half a length back in third.

Scapolo's winning time was 1:18 for the 1215 meters on a Heavy10 track.

"It was as easy as it looked. It's pretty cool to ride a horse like him. It makes life a whole lot easier. He was the best rated horse in the race and at weight-for-age on that track he had everything going for him," winning rider Sam Spratt said.

It was Scapolo's fourth stakes win, having claimed the 2013 Coupland's Bakeries Mile (Group 2), the 2014 Great Easter Stakes (Listed) and the Canterbury Gold Cup (Group 3) last year.

Scapolo is likely to have another crack at the Coupland's Bakeries Mile at Riccarton on November 9, and is now the equal $10 favourite with Seize The Moment and Son Of Maher.

 "I'm picking he will go down to Christchurch, although I'm not sure what race. Kevin places him really well and he'll race him in whatever suits the horse best," stable representative Ken Harrison said.

The Wanganui trainer has placed him brilliantly throughout his career, with Saturday's victory was win number 16, and 18 placings from 47 starts, has won over $625,000. A brilliant return considering the four starts Scapolo has run in Group One company, his best finish was third in last year's Haunui Farm Classic.

Myers purchased Scapolo for $40,000 at the 2011 Karaka Select Yearling Sale, and along with his 16 wins and 18 placings, has won over $625,000 for his owners Anne, Khalif, Rick, Sandy and Teneka Hill.

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