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Auckland Cup Moved To Saturday

Wednesday, 13th May 2015

The Auckland Racing Club is moving Auckland Cup Day to a Saturday in order to attract more patrons, reports NZ Racing Desk. The 141 year old Auckland Cup has been run on a Wednesday at Ellerslie Racecourse since 2006, but Auckland Racing Club CEO Cameron George says the decision was made to schedule the Cup for a Saturday to enable even more Aucklanders to attend. "The way people want to be entertained, and when, is changing. As a club, we are keen to ensure that all Aucklanders of all generations get to experience this iconic event," George said. The Club is planning to enhance the week with an increase in minimum race stakes to $50,000, additional catwalk fashion competitions and increased off track entertainment which all combines to deliver the best in racing, fashion and entertainment. "Our aim is to create an Auckland Cup Week Carnival that features the glamorous tradition of Derby Day on the first Saturday followed a week later by the excitement and prestige of an Auckland Cup Day for the people of Auckland," added George. "We're also conscious that March is increasingly congested with numerous events; by consolidating into two amazing days of racing, fashion and entertainment we'll create a must-attend carnival." Auckland Cup Week runs from 5th -12th March 2016, book-ended by Derby Day and Auckland Cup Day.

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