New Zealand's graded racing calendar

Updated: 23rd April 2018

The following table contains the most important races currently held in New Zealand. Please note that the particular dates and especially the order of the races can vary from year to year.

Like Australia, New Zealand also has a racing season spanning two different calendar years. The season lasts from August to April, with the Guineas run in November and the Derby and the Oaks in March. Yet we keep to the traditional January to December structure, which most worldwide fans are familiar with.

The surface for all races is turf.

Colour distinction:
Tracks:

Ara - Arawa Park, Awa - Awapuni, Ell - Ellerslie, Has - Hastings, Haw - Hawera, Ota - Otaki, Puk - Pukehoke Park, Ric - Riccarton Park, TeR - Te Rapa, Tre - Trentham, Win - Wingatui

MonthGr.RaceTrackDist.AgeSexNotes
Eclipse Stakes, G3, 6f, 2yo, EllRailway Stakes undercard
Dec / JanG2Championship StakesEllerslie1 5/16 miles3Railway Stakes undercard
Dec / JanG2Royal StakesEllerslie1 1/4 miles3fRailway Stakes undercard
Dec / JanG2Auckland GuineasEllerslie1 mile3Railway Stakes undercard
Dec / JanG2Avondale CupEllerslie1 1/2 milesopenRailway Stakes undercard
Dec / JanG2Rich Hill MileEllerslie1 mile3+Railway Stakes undercard
Dec / JanG1Railway StakesEllerslie6 furlongs3+
Trentham Stakes, G3, 1 5/16m, 4yo+, Tre Telegraph undercard
JanuaryG1Levin ClassicTrentham1 mile3ex Bayer Classic; Telegraph undercard
JanuaryG1Telegraph HandicapTrentham6 furlongs3+
Anniversary Handicap, G3, 1m, opn, Tre
JanuaryG1Thorndon MileTrentham1 mile3+or George Adams Handicap
Desert Gold Stakes, G3, 1m, 3yof, Tre
Wellington Cup, G3, 1 1/2m, 3yo+, Tre
Mr. Tiz Trophy, G3, 6f, 3yo, Ell
Concorde Handicap, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Ell
City of Auckland Cup, G3, 1 1/2m, 3yo+, Ell
JanuaryRest.Karaka Million 3yo ClassicEllerslie1 mile3
JanuaryG2Westbury ClassicEllerslie7 furlongs3+f
JanuaryKaraka Million 2yoEllerslie6 furlongs2
Waikato Guineas, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo, TeR
Robe Lodge Handicap, G3, 1m, 3yo+, Win
FebruaryG1Herbie Dyke StakesTe Rapa1 1/4 miles3+
FebruaryG1Waikato SprintTe Rapa7 furlongs3+run as NBM Sprint
FebruaryG2Sir Tristram Fillies ClassicWaikato1 1/4 miles3f
Phoenix Park 2yo Classic, G3, 6f, 2yo, Puk
FebruaryG2Avondale GuineasEllerslie1 5/16 miles3
Taranaki Cup, G3, 1 1/8m, 3yo+, Puk
FebruaryG2Matamata Breders' StakesMatamata6 furlongs2f
FebruaryG1WFA Group One ClassicHastings1 mile3+
Lowland Stakes, G3, 1 5/16m, 3yof, Tre
MarchG1New Zealand DerbyEllerslie1 1/2 miles3
Darley Plate, G3, 6f, 4yo+, Ell
Sunline Vase, G3, 1 5/16m, 3yof, Ell
MarchG1Sistema StakesEllerslie6 furlongs2Auckland Cup undercard
MarchG1New Zealand StakesEllerslie1 1/4 miles2+Auckland Cup undercard
MarchG1Auckland CupEllerslie2 miles3+Auckland Cup undercard
MarchG1New Zealand OaksTrentham1 1/2 miles3f
MarchG2Wellington GuineasTrentham7 furlongs3
Cuddle Stakes, G3, 1m, opn f, Tre
Wellington Cup, G3, 2m, opn, Tre
MarchG2Japan / NZ International TrophyMatamata1 mile4+
AprilG1Manawatu Sires' Produce StakesAwapuni7 furlongs2
Manawatu Classic, G3, 1 1/4m, 3yo, Awa
AprilG2Awapuni Gold CupAwapuni1 1/4 miles3+
Manawatu Breeders' Stakes, G3, 1 1/4m, wfa, Awa
AprilG1NZ Thoroughbred Breeders StakesTe Aroha1 mile2+
Easter Cup, G3, 1m, opn, Ricc
AprilG2Easter HandicapPukehoke Park1 mile2+
Hawke's Bay Gold Cup, G3, 1 3/8m, Has
Canterbury Gold Cup, G3, 1 1/4, 3yo+, Ricc
AprilG2ARC Championship StakesPukehoke Park1 5/16 miles3
AprilG2Travis StakesTe Rapa1 1/4 miles3+f
Cambridge Breeders Stakes, G3, 6f, 3yo, TeR
Rotorua Cup, G3, 1 3/8m, 3yo+, Ara
Rotorua Stakes, G3, 7f, 3yo+f, Ara
Winter Cup, G3, 1m, 3yo+, Ricc
AugustG2Foxbridge PlateTe Rapa6 furlongs3+
AugustG1Tarzino TrophyHastings7 furlongs2+
Metric Mile, G3, 1m, 4yo+, Awa
SeptemberG1Windsor Park PlateHastings1 mile2+or Horlicks Plate
Gold Trail Stakes, G3, 6f, 3yof, Has
Bonecrusher Stakes, G3, 7f, 3yo, Ell
SeptemberG2Hawke's Bay GuineasHastings7 furlongs3
Spring Sprint, G3, 7f, 3yo+, Has
SeptemberG1Livamol ClassicHastings1 1/4 miles3+ex Kelt Capital Stakes
Taranaki Breeders' Stakes, G3, 7f, 3yo+, Haw
Sweynesse Stakes, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Ara
Thompson Handicap, G3, 1m, 3yo+, Tre
OctoberG2Sarten MemorialTe Rapa7 furlongs3
OMF Stakes, G3, 1 1/4m, wfa, Ell
NovemberG1New Zealand 2000 GuineasRiccarton Park1 mile3
Stewards Stakes, G3, 6f, 3yo+, Ricc
Canterbury Breeders Stakes, G3, 7f, opn f, Ricc
NovemberG2Canterbury Bakeries MileRiccarton Park1 mile3+
NovemberG1New Zealand 1000 GuineasRiccarton Park1 mile3f
New Zealand Cup, G3, 2m, 3yo+, Ricc
NovemberG2Tauranga StakesTauranga1 mile3+
NovemberG2Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders StakesPukekohe Park7 furlongs3+f
Counties Cup, G3, 1 5/16m, 3yo+, Puk
Wellington Stakes, G3, 1m, 3yo, Tre
Eagle Technology Stakes, G3, 1m, 4yo+, ElleGreat Northern Challenge Stakes
DecemberG1Captain Cook StakesTrentham1 mile2+
DecemberG2Wakefield Challenge StakesTrentham6 furlongs2
Eulogy Stakes, G3, 1m, 3yof, Awa
DecemberG2Isuzu StakesTe Rapa1 mile3+f
Waikato Cup, G3, 1 1/2m, 3yo+, TeR
Contractors Sprint, G3, 7f, 3yo+, TeR
DecemberG2Manawatu Challenge StakesAwapuni7 furlongs3+
Manawatu Cup, G3, 1 7/16m, 3yo+, Awa
DecemberG1Zabeel ClassicEllerslie1 1/4 miles3+
DecemberG2Eight Carat ClassicEllerslie1 mile3f