Upcoming Events at Ruakaka Racing

Event date: 14/07/2018 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM

ITM Whangarei Gold Cup. Join Uncle Shayne and the ITM teams.

ITM Whangarei Gold Cup. Join Uncle Shayne and the ITM teams.

ITM Whangarei and Bay of Islands are great sponsors of the Club

ITM Whangarei Gold Cup

The feature staying event of the winter racing season at Ruakaka is the ITM Whangarei Gold Cup which is a perpetual trophy that has been presented since 1929. The cup is a regular on the mantle piece in the Stevenson's family Uretiti home with Smedley the winner of the last two events.

The race is proudly sponsored by Uncle Shayne of ITM Whangarei and Bay of Islands fame. Shayne Heape is a keen owner and breeder with a strong base of friends with a shared interest in racing horses such as Rikki Tikki Tavi. 


There is over $200,000 in stake money payable on the following eight races programmed.


$35,000 Open 2100m ITM Whangarei Gold Cup


$35,000 Open 1400m


$30,000 Rating 85 1200m


$25,000 Rating 75 1400m


$22,500 Rating 65 1600m


$22,500 Rating 65 1200m


$22,500 2YO SW&P 1000m


$10,000 Maiden 1200m


The races programmed and the race fields are available on the NZ Thoroughbred Racing website at http://www.nzracing.co.nz/RaceInfo/46660/Meeting-Overview.aspx or click on the link below.


A Guide for today's race meeting:
Day/Date Saturday July 14
Carparking Free parking within close proximity of entry gates and marked disabled parking spots including on tiered mound for viewing of races from car. Drive down Peter Snell Road and follow the road around the track.
Entry Free entry to the course with ample viewing areas such as under-cover tiered seating or standing and expansive lawn areas to place a rug or bring your own chair.
Owners Owners with horses racing today please call into the office for your Parade Ring deck and Sunline Bar passes and privileges. Just tell the staff your horses name and then your name. Photo identification may be required.
Horses Horses can be viewed pre-race in the parade ring at the southern end of the course. A short walk past the office on the carpark side takes you to the parade area for a visual inspection of the horses and to see the riders mount. The horses enter the course by passing in front of the elevated area if you don't wish to walk.
Bayview Café - open to all guests A'Fare Catering provides for café style meals with seating or take-aways. Pre-ordering of platters or meals a great option. Call the office or email info@ruakakaracing.co.nz
Alcoholic beverages NO BYO. Beer, wine and RTD spirits available at bars throughout the course on a cash basis. Eftpos withdrawals are located near the TAB betting windows or at the main office.
Betting TAB betting is available throughout the course - all you need to do is to ask the operator and have cash available. Eftpos to withdraw cash is located near TAB betting windows.
Public Bar Please use the Members Lounge bar to purchase your beverages. Seating in the Members' Lounge is for Members and their guests only.
Members Lounge Seating reserved for Members and their guests.
Beachside Bar Mid-winter Christmas guests. Pre-bookings only.
Surfbreak Lounge Private Group for ITM Whangarei and Bay of Islands guests.
Bonecrusher Lounge
Parade Ring Deck and Sunline Bar ( trackside of the main office and adjoining the horses parade ring). Restricted to Owners with horses racing today, licensed participants and Members. Please display passes when entering the area.
President's Room Available for small private functions. Ideal for up to 30 guests.


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