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Cup & Show Week Highlights

Sat 11 Nov

Al Basti Equiworld NZ 2000 Guineas Day, Riccarton Park Racecourse The official start of the week’s celebrations, this action-packed day kicks the celebrations off in bold style. Gates open at 10am with the first race just before 12:30pm.

Tue 14 Nov

Highlights NZ Cup

Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day, Addington Raceway The biggie! Canterbury’s biggest party occasion is a huge day of fashion, food, racing, and fun at Addington Raceway. The big annual race itself is run for the 113th time at 5:15pm. Local fashionistas also never fail to pay close attention to the Westfield Riccarton Style Stakes (with over $20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs!) either, with finals at 2:25pm. Don’t miss the performance from up-and-coming Kiwi music star Theia, too.

Wed 15 Nov

Coupland’s Bakeries Mile, Riccarton Park Racecourse More exciting racing action at Riccarton Park, this race day also famously doubles as ‘Ladies Day’, with fabulous fashion off the track alongside live music and entertainment. Gates open at 10:30am, with racing from 12:40pm.

Wed 15 – Fri 17 Nov

Highlights Show

Canterbury A&P Show, Canterbury Agricultural Park Town meets country in the annual ritual for young and old alike. You’ll definitely want to hit the culinary delights of the Food & Wine Village, take any kids in tow along to meet some baby animals in The Farmyard for maximum cute factor, and catch The Jordan Luck Band in the Town & Country Bar on Show Day, as well as Ladi6 at the Village Green (see our interview with Ladi6’s Ladi Tamati here).

Fri 17 Nov

Show Day Races, Addington Raceway This day aims for a family-friendly atmosphere, and is the perfect day for a picnic on the Lindauer Lawn, with entertainment for the kids provided and big stakes races for pacers and trotters. Gates open at 10:30am; first race at 12:15pm.

Sat 18 Nov

Highlights Riccarton

Christchurch Casino NZ Cup and gavelhouse.com 1000 Guineas Day, Riccarton Park Racecourse The other biggie! This annual thoroughbred race over 3,200 metres always attracts a big crowd, with the New Zealand Cup one of the most prestigious events on the nation’s racing calendar. This year’s race will be the 154th in the history of the event. Gates open at 9am. You won’t want to miss Fashion In The Field on the day, either; the hotly-contested competition to close out the week offers a number of fabulous prizes for the best-dressed in attendance.

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