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COVID-19 update as at 18 August 2020

The wellbeing of our customers and staff is our number one priority.


- All non-essential face to face meetings will be conducted via phone or video call until further notice. Drop in meetings and sales calls will not be accepted.
- Contractors & Suppliers may continue to carry out their roles that are essential to the day to day operations of the Waikato Racing Club.
- They must sign in, with full name, business and contact number at either the Main Office or Track Office, which ever is applicable to their role.
All visitors will be asked to sanitize their hands at the sign in location.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 we ask that those coming on site to Te Rapa Racecourse take the following steps:

- Do not come on site if you are feeling unwell
- Ensure you follow good hygiene practices such as:
covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or coughing/sneezing into your elbow
disposing of used tissues appropriately in a bin
washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and drying them thoroughly, or using hand sanitiser:
trying to keep a metre away from people who are unwell

For more information and advice, visit the Ministry of Health website here -


We are closely following advice from the Ministry of Health regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19.)

If you have an Event planned and haven't already spoken to a member of our team please get in contact [email protected] or 07 849 2839 to discuss all options.


Welcome to the Waikato Racing Club & Te Rapa Event Centre.

As always, the safety of our staff, and you as visitors is paramount.

We understand the effort, planning and cost that goes into organising events, but this does not diminish the responsibility we all have to provide a safe environment.
The Waikato Racing Club is following the Ministry of Health Guidelines currently in place relating to COVID 19 and are adapting our practices as are they are updated.

We recognize the importance of implementing preventative measures to reduce the potential of spreading this virus.

Therefore, to protect you & your fellow event attendees today we recommend that;
• If you feel unwell you leave the premises immediately
• If you have travelled outside of New Zealand in the past 14 days (excluding the Pacific Islands) you do not attend today’s event.
• Thoroughly wash your hands when you reach your designated room before your function commences. Toilets are located on each level, Enter the venue and turn right

Further to the above, no events with a patronage of over 100 may take place at this venue. If attendance numbers are deemed higher than 99 by a member of the Waikato Racing Club (WRC) staff, the event will cease immediately, and all patrons will be ordered to leave. WRC reserve the right to continually monitor attendance numbers throughout the course of any scheduled event.

To ensure we do the utmost to protect our staff and event attendees we have implemented the following;
• Signage reminding people to practice good hygiene (coughing, sneezing and hand hygiene)
• Provided additional equipment and facilities to support good hygiene practices
• Our cleaning contractor has increased the frequency of cleaning public surfaces particularly door handles, escalators, stairwells and lifts
• Advised all staff that if they feel unwell, they are to stay at home

Thank you in advance for your co-operation,
The Waikato Racing Club.


New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) have released the below mandate, on Tuesday 18 August.

Please note that The Waikato Racing Club (WRC) is not set to race (or trial) until Saturday 5th September.

18 August 2020
Requirement to wear face masks (new clause 2.1(g)(v))

Effective Tuesday 18 August 2020, NZTR have updated the Level 2 and Level 3 Directives to introduce a requirement for the wearing face coverings at race or trial meetings at all times practical in the following areas:

Birdcage; and
Starting Gates.
Riders are permitted to lower the mask during racing (after loading up in barriers and before re-entering the birdcage).

This change has been brought in in line with updated government advice, and specifically to help protect the wellbeing of jockeys, upon which the ongoing conduct of racing is vitally dependent. Whilst this requirement comes into force immediately, initial dispensation is provided to jockeys as NZTR is in process of purchasing and distributing a face covering that is secure and suitable for riders.

No attendances at Race or Trial meetings (clause 2.1(a)(v))

Whilst there is provision in the Level 2 Directive for attendance of owners, sponsors or other ticketed guests, provided that this is done in line with government mandated requirements, NZTR has suspended this provision until further notice. This will be reviewed after the next Government announcement on Alert Levels. Aligned to this decision, there will be no provision for on-course wagering, except where self-service terminals are already on site.

Jockey Weights (clause 3.1)

There is no provision for additional 1kg or 2kg increase in allocated weights.

Inter-island rider nomination (clause 3.3)

While a dispensation was provided for the Riccarton meeting of 15 August, this provision (3.3) is now in effect.


NZTR will email a Health Declaration to all trainers and rider with horses nominated at Race or Trial meetings, and requests that this is completed by all trainers, stablehands and riders on raceday prior to arrival. Raceday staff and officials should also aim to complete the form prior to arrival.
Trainers are required to contact the office of the racing club before 4pm the day prior to the Race or Trial meeting to advise the names of the licenced stable representatives that will be attending. Only nominated persons will be admitted to the meeting.

Training at Te Rapa As always, all Track Work riders and Trainers MUST be registered with NZTR and it is imperative that they clearly identify themselves to the WRC Gap staff or Track Manager before commencing any work on the training facilities.

We will stay in communication with NZTR and update Members & Stakeholders if/when any new information comes to light.

Read the NZTR August 18 release here: