Race Day

The horse’s preparation has been finalised. You’ve talked through your horse’s race targets with the trainer. Your party is all set for an exhilarating day!

Your trainer will usually enter the horse into a race 3-6 days or so in advance, via NZTR. Races such as the Derby or the Oaks require entries to be made months in advance.

Final declarations to run are made 48 hours before the race. At the declaration stage the trainer will assess the race and the conditions and if all has gone according to plan the horse will be declared to run!

Once you have arrived at the races, owners badges can be collected – you will receive an email from the club before the event telling you where these can be collected from – usually the Secretary’s Office. The email will also detail the privileges the club is offering the owner on the day

Privileges vary depending on the type of day, below are some examples of what clubs may provide on various race days:

Premier Days

  • free entry
  • free racebook for each named owner (or syndicate member)
  • free drink (provided either as part of pre-race activity or in voucher form) for each named owner or syndicate member
  • subsidised refreshments for owners in either a special owners room or a lounge within the facility (not a public area)
  • owners of all runners to be entertained by club after the race and winners presented with video of race, trophies etc.

Other Weekend Days

  • free entry
  • free racebook for each named owner (or syndicate member)
  • free drink (provided either as part of pre-race activity or in voucher form) for each named owner or syndicate member
  • subsidised refreshments for owners in either a special owners room or a lounge within the facility (not a public area)
  • owners of first three home to be entertained by club and winners presented with video of race

Midweek Days

  • free entry
  • free racebook for each named owner (or syndicate member)
  • free drink (provided either as part of pre-race activity or in voucher form) for each named owner or syndicate member
  • winning owners be entertained by club and winners presented with video of race

Racing Club committee members are appointed to look after owners on race day, so if there is something you are not sure about, ask one of them – they usually wear badges identifying themselves and are happy to help.

Prior to the race, the horses will come into the parade ring where they will walk around for around 10 minutes before being mounted by the jockey and heading out onto the track.

Whether the race ends in a photo finish in the winner’s enclosure or a quiet drink after the race, you will have experienced the thrill of ownership!

Remember, racing a horse is all about having fun – so go to the races to have a good day and get involved in the atmosphere!