Auckland Cup night happenings

 What’s happening at Alexandra Park on Cup & Derby Night

With only 4 days till the Cup & Derby night at Alexandra Park the night is shaping up to excite!

The combination of quality horses, competitive racing, entertainment, fashion and hospitality make for a not to be missed occasion.

Entry and entertainment are FREE for the public to enjoy and are carefully timed into the racing programme so no part of the action on and off the track is missed!

Hospitality areas are in demand but there are a few spaces available so make sure you get in touch with the team to book into one of the packages on offer. From Top of the Park on Level five, to chilling out on the Epsom Balconies with the popular Young Guns Party, there are packages starting from $30 per person.  

On the track

Cup & Derby Night is Auckland harness racing’s biggest night of the season. The $250,000 Auckland Cup is the race of champions. In the past it has been won by true sporting greats like Cardigan Bay, Young Quinn, Christian Cullen, Elsu and Themightyquinn.

Michael Guerin says this year’s Cup could be the last ever start for $2.5 million winner and champion pacer Terror To Love. He will be primed to meet Miracle Mile and Victoria Cup hero Christen Me and the queen of the park, Adore Me. “Remarkably, both Adore Me and Christen Me were bred and are part owned by 90-year-old Aucklander Charles Roberts, who only gets to see them race when they start at Alexandra Park. Until this year’s Cup, they have never clashed at Alexandra Park before so that alone will be exciting. The Auckland Cup has always been a race of champions but having it on the same night as the Woodlands Stud Derby makes for a night of champions.  It provides a great night time racing experience for those whose commitments make racing during the day less attractive.”

says Michael Guerin.

Cup night also features the Group 1, Woodlands Stud Northern Derby, for the superstar three-year-old boys. This season it is headlined by the best young pacers in Australasia, including Follow The Stars, Hughie Green, Have Faith In Me and Express Stride.

Guerin says the Derby winner traditionally goes on to win well over $1 million in his career and have value as a stud horse. Cup Night on 6 March will also see the best freshman pacing talent in the Young Guns Finals for the boys and the girls- a rich juvenile racing series unique to the Alexandra Park Northern Derby.

Mumm Champagne Garden Bar

The four fashion competitions will be located in the Mumm Champagne Garden Bar outside in the main trackside forecourt and is complimentary entry to all patrons.

Fashion Competition

We have our Scenic Hotel Group Hot To Trot Fashion Competition with four categories including the following

-Best Dressed Lady

- Best Dressed Man

- Best Milliner

- Best Body Art

There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs!

Registration are between 5-6.30pm in the foyer so make sure you arrive early .

Perfume Spritzing

Both male and female spritzing will be foaming around the venue. Try the new perfumes on offer by Estee Lauder and receive a free sample.


We have a number photographers on site. On arrival stop and have your photo taken. All images will be placed on Facebook for clients to enjoy.

Owners Privileges

At Alexandra Park owners are invited to the pre-race bar for a drink before their horses race. Tickets can be picked up on the night from the foyer reception in the main function centre. Tickets will also give access to the horse stall area.

Dexter Dunn- Winner of the World Driver Series

Dexter Dunn has recently won the 2015 World Drivers Series held in Australia and will be racing at Alexandra Park on Friday. Congratulations to Dexter for sealing a NZ to victory. Dexter will be presented a gift from Alexandra Park on the Presentation dais and will conduct an interview in both the Top of the Park and Tasman Room Restaurants.

Adore Me Surprise Betting Packs

Adore Me is the hot favourite in the Trillian Trust Auckland Cup. So this week she is be included in the surprise bet packs to clients can buy for $10. The $10 bet envelopes are like a lucky dip giving you three chances of winning in different combination bets. Look out for the Alexandra Park promotions team to buy yours on the night.

Instagram Competition

Post on Instagram using the hash tag #APCUP2015 and go in the draw to win a prize.

Keep an eye out for the Alexandra Park promotions team who will be going around with a Cup Week frame for you to use.

Course wide competitions

Alexandra Park will be giving away a table in their Top of the Park restaurant for eight guests for an all-inclusive hospitality package. Guests simply enter by filling in the entry form in the racebook and dropping into a competition box before 8pm.

Dance the night away- Official After Party

After the last race get involved and enjoy the live band in the Alex Bar and Eatery Lounge (ground floor). It’s a great way to finish your night on a high note. It is completely free and full of fun and laughs. The live band will play till 1am.

Reciprocal rights for Addington Members

 Members of the Addington Raceway will gain access into the Hobson Room- Members Lounge to enjoy the night from.

Hipstamatics on the Main Stage

Between the races we will have the Hipstamatics performing chart toppers to keep the party atmosphere going all night long.

Food Trucks

Within the forecourt area we have three food trucks offering some delicious food options throughout the night and affordably priced.

For more information on a great night please contact Alexandra Park on 09 630-5660