TV3 Derby Day at Ellerslie


Auckland Cup Week 2013

Saturday 2nd March

TV3 Derby Day is the must-attend event of Auckland Cup Week 2013 – an action-packed day filled with the very best in horse racing, fashion, corporate hospitality and entertainment.

On the track it’s all about the glory as some of the country’s best three-year-old horses race head-to-head in New Zealand's premier race - the Group I $750,000 TV3 New Zealand Derby.  That's joined by nine other races including the Group III $100,000 Darley Plate and Nathan's Memorial. 

For fashionable racegoers, style, sophistication and coordination are three words that make a prize-worthy outfit.  New Zealand’s fashions in the field final, Prix de Fashion, is the ultimate racewear title with fashionistas from around the country competing for the winner-takes-all prize package valued at over $30,000!


Throughout the day a fashionable judging panel headed up by style commentator and previous Ellerslie fashion winner Claire Hahn, will select their top six best-dressed racegoers who will join 14 pre-qualified contestants from around the country in the regional final.

From there, the five best dressed entrants will be chosen with one awarded the supreme title and taking home amazing prizes including: Natalie Chan couture millinery; Naveya & Sloane bespoke jewellery; Bobbi Brown luxury cosmetics; an exclusive shopping spree at Westfield 277; return flights for two to New York City with Hawaiian Airlines; plus more! 

Entry into Prix de Fashion is free with pre-registration available at Alternatively, entries are taken on the day from 10.30am.

For the ultimate Auckland Cup Week foodie experience, Taste of Auckland is bringing a gourmet taste sensation to Ellerslie! The Gourmet Village will feature award-winning restaurant The Grove who will be serving signature dishes and a number of tastes exclusively designed for Auckland Cup Week and only available on Saturday 2nd and Wednesday 6th March. The Gourmet Village will also feature a number of speciality producers and a boutique wine bar to delight the most discerning foodie audience, all to the backdrop of a prestigious day’s racing – a unique and exciting addition to Auckland’s summer social calendar!

For those that think they know the difference between a donkey and a racehorse, the Ellerslie Punter of the Year Competition will be a favourite. With a $10,000 cash prize on offer – competition will be as fierce on the tote as it is on the track!

The gorgeous Lindauer Lounge is back for 2013 and is the perfect space to meet with friends, enjoy a complimentary glass of New Zealand’s most-loved sparkling wine*, make-up touch ups and remember the special moment with a photo. Free for all racegoers, this is a must-do on TV3 Derby Day. * The complimentary glass of Lindauer is only available to the first 1,000 racegoers aged 18years+

Picnics, barbeques with family and friends, music and the sound of horses galloping by are a few of the great family memories created from a day at the races. New for 2013, Picnics & Ponies is one for families and features free use of New Zealand’s longest BBQ as well as free children's entertainment including pony rides, Popsicle Planet, bouncy castles, Ellerslie Swingball Park and giant games – with space to bring a picnic.

There are plenty of hospitality options (from $55pp) available for everyone - from a day of premium dining in the Chairman's Club, to a seat next to the catwalk in the Fashion Village or a table in the most sought-after outdoor location oncourse, Cuvée. A general admission ticket is also a cheap and cheerful way to enjoy the day with friends and family and for a limited time, four general admission tickets are just $40 (RRP $80).

See you there!



 - There is free car parking oncourse at Ellerslie

 - Children under 15 years enjoy free general admission

 - Racecourse gates open at 10.30am

 - Hospitality options open at 11.30am

 - First race will run at about 1.00pm

 - Last race (of 10) will run at about 6.30pm

 - All bars oncourse shut at 8.00pm


WHAT: TV3 Derby Day – Auckland Cup Week 2013

WHERE: Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Avenue, Remuera, Auckland
WHEN: Saturday 2nd March 2013


REMEMBER! You're more than welcome to bring along your own food, unopened non-alcoholic beverages, umbrellas, chairs, picnic tables, mini-marquees (and even the kitchen sink!) into public areas oncourse, but you'll have to leave the stronger stuff at home as Ellerslie is a fully-licensed venue and BYO alcohol is not permitted.

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