General admission: $10 - kids under 18 free
Members stand: $30
Gates open: 11am
First race: tbc
The Hawke’s Bay Gold Cup is one of New Zealand’s oldest Racedays, first run over 150 years ago! This outstanding Raceday has a long standing tradition of top thoroughbred racing action. We have live music, kids activates, free sausage sizzle and much more on offer for the day. Gather your friends and family for an exceptional days entertainment at Hawke’s Bay Racing.
Premier lounge - $125 per person
The Premier Lounge is a great way to enjoy your day with friends and family with a prime view of the racecourse and all of the racing action!
- Course admission and members stand access
- Reserved parking
- Race book and pen for each guest
- A complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival
- Canapés to start followed by a buffet lunch and dessert
- Tea and Coffee
- Private shared function room
- A beverage package including beer, wine, juice and soft drinks
- TAB facilities
- Outstanding views of the track
Gold cup history
The history behind the Hawke's Bay Gold Cup dates back to 1860, when the first race was worth 100 guineas and run at Greenmeadows, Napier. Hurricane won the Cup which was donated to the then Napier Turf Club by chief enthusiast and mentor, Mr HS Tiffen.
The first “Cup” race the Hawke's Bay Jockey Club ran was the Corinthian Cup. It was for gentleman riders; horses to be owned or trained by a member of the Hawke's Bay Jockey Club. The Cup was run at Hastings from 1877-1882.
The first Hawke's Bay Cup run by the Hawke's Bay Jockey Club was at Hastings in 1888.
The honour role between 1960 & 1980 includes some of the greats of New Zealand racing; Hi Jinx, Key, Glengowan, Fury’s Order, Black Rod, Suleiman & Harp to name just a few.
In more recent times, names such as Surfer’s Paradise, Silver Chalice & Cronus have kept the profile of the Hawke's Bay Cup to the fore.