Clubs & Courses
Oamaru J.C.Clubs & Courses Index
The Club races three times a year, in May, June and July. It prides itself on being able to offer good winter going and its central South Island location means it’s supported by trainers from far and wide. The Club is going through one of the greatest renaissances in the Gallop South region. Following a number of years of poor community support and low attendances, the Oamaru Racecourse is being nursed back to its former glory by a dedicated team, so much so that Oamaru Cup Day achieved the biggest on-course turnover of any rival winter racing club on the eastern side of the South Island.
Gallop South Membership: $99.00 ($49 for under 35s). Includes:
- A Membership card providing admission to all race meetings in Otago and Southland and access to the member’s only facilities.
- Opportunity to acquire up to 4 additional guest members passes for any Otago and Southland Meeting.
- FREE race books on presentation of card
- Voting rights at one nominated club
- Regular members newsletters or e-letters
- Free access to the member’s only marquee on Melbourne cup day at Wingatui racecourse.
- 10% discount off race day hospitality packages
- Reciprocal rights at most New Zealand Clubs
For more details and details on how to apply, visit www.gallopsouth.co.nz
Oamaru Cup Day – July
Held traditionally on the last day of the New Zealand racing season in July. As a result, it has often been the venue for “premiership” showdowns between the country’s leading jockeys and trainers hungry to get final wins on the board to secure their title. The Oamaru Cup and the North Otago Cup often attract quality horses targeting the Winter Cup, and large fields are often prominent due to the excellent winter racing surface the track is able to provide. Audience participation events have become a tradition of late and the Cup day also feature the “North Otago Gumboot Tossing Championship”, including the Oamaru All-Ages Booticap. There is a very competitive Team Punters Challenge, a Punters Club and heaps of kid’s activities. One of the other forms of entertainment is a North v South Jockey Challenge.