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Winning days each way: Addington Raceway

The thrill of sport, glamour of fashion, fun of socialising and luxury of hospitality come together for a day at the races. And this extraordinary Cup Week, Addington Raceway has two excitement-filled race days to look forward to.


Tickets are selling fast – and some areas are sold out for both the IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day and the Show Day Races.

With many of the world’s events cancelled due to Covid-19, Addington is sparing no effort to ensure revellers have so much more than just a day at the races.

The IRT NZ Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday, November 10 is the infamous mid-week party of the year – and 2020 is shaping up to be even more standout.
Capacity may be reduced, but organisers have added bespoke cocktail bars, live music, DJs, delicious cuisine offerings – and even a rooftop party.
Five of the seven hospitality areas have already sold out by early October, with tickets also selling fast to the Lindauer Lawn and The Edge Public Village, too. TAB have upped the stakes, and are offering new users of its app bonus bets of up to $100. No walk ups, so get your tickets before they sell out. Visit for more information, to buy tickets and to check out The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition prizes.

The Show Day races on Friday November 13 is a fun family day out on Canterbury Anniversary Day. There will be no surcharges despite the public holiday, and entry will be via gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation.
All attendees can relax on the Lindauer and Lanson Lawns, and in the Christian Cullen Lounge, or purchase entry to a hospitality area – one of which is already sold out. A free kids entertainment area includes bouncy castles, face painting, bungy and petting zoo.

• Hospitality areas for the ultimate hosting experience, 5 areas sold out • Lindauer Lawn and rooftop party, $70 per ticket, 70% sold out, cocktail lounge, live music from the Sweet Mix Kids, access to The Edge Public Village • The Edge Public Village, $35 per ticket, bespoke cocktail bars, The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition, food trucks, The Edge DJ party area, Speights Lawn

• Hospitality areas, 1 already sold out • Free general admission with gold coin donation to Maia Health Foundation • Free kids entertainment zone, with bouncy castle, face painting, petting zoo and bungy • Free access to Lindauer and Lanson Lawns and the Christian Cullen Lounge


An extraordinary race day: Addington Raceway

It’s a highlight of Christchurch – and New Zealand’s – annual sporting and social calendar, and 2020’s IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup Day is shaping up to be something very special. With many of the world’s events cancelled due to Covid-19, Addington Raceway is pulling out all the stops to ensure revellers have so much more than just a day at the races.


Spread across two distinct areas, the Lindauer Lawn and The Edge Public Village, 2020’s guests will not only enjoy the exhilaration of horse racing – but an exciting mix of new flourishes designed to surprise and delight even the most enthusiastic punters.

While Covid-19 restrictions means reduced capacity, it has also been extra motivation for organisers to ensure racegoers have an exceptional day out.

From bespoke cocktail bars, live music and DJs, to fabulous fashion, delicious cuisine offerings and even a rooftop party – this is no ordinary day at the races.

Packages begin with The Edge Public Village, where guests still have prime positions for watching the action, as well as cocktail bars, The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition, the Speights Lawn and a courtyard of food truck dining options.

Those in the elevated Lindauer Lawn option can not only stylishly roam The Edge Public Village area, but also enjoy premier views of the raceway and winning post, plus touch up their hair and makeup throughout the day at the glamerous pamper bar.

Guests also have access to the Lindauer Rooftop where DJs the Sweet Mix Kids will keep the party going – and they will also be surprised with some special treats throughout the day.

One lucky group will have the opportunity to win the Ultimate VIP Lindauer Lawn Experience with their own private area and delicious treats. Keep an eye out on Addington’s social channels to be in to win.

Check out the full range of offerings online for the November 10 event, and don’t forget – numbers are limited.

Tickets on sale now at

• Early bird $25 until October 13 • $35 from October 14 • Bespoke cocktail bars • The Crossing Fashion Starts Here best dressed competition
• Food courtyard • Speights Lawn • The Edge Public Village DJ party area

• $70 • Exclusive access to the Lindauer Lawn and rooftop party • Free drink on arrival • Prime view of the racing and winning post • Cocktail lounge • Pamper lounge • Live music by the Sweet Mix Kids at the rooftop party • Charging booth stations
• Upgrade for 10 people to the Ultimate VIP Lindauer Lawn • Access to The Edge Public Village


Addington Cup Week is on – join the party

Addington Cup Week is getting ready to be the most exhilarating event on the spring calendar.


“This year, we are more than ever looking forward to sharing Addington Cup Week with Canterbury,” Addington Raceway CEO Brian Thompson says.

“We are excited that on Tuesday 10 and Friday 13 of November, we will be able to offer Cantabrians the opportunity to dress up, enjoy live entertainment, celebrate life with friends and colleagues, and experience the very best of harness racing action.”

Planning is well underway with enquiries running hot to secure some amazing hospitality packages.

There’s no grander occasion to celebrate, network and thank staff, clients and friends, than at Australasia’s biggest harness racing event of the year.

For a crowd of 40 or more, private marquees reign supreme. These stylish individual marquees can be branded and are well-positioned, offering an indoor-outdoor flow to your own courtyard with a scrumptious ‘taste of spring’ luncheon and their own private bar.

The most popular Johnny Globe Marquee – located on the outer track – is a fast seller. Not surprising, with all-day Lanson champagne, fantastic food, an MC, band and prime viewing of the home straight.

The Boot Party gets glammed up with individual boots and personalised number plates, always the hot favourite. With MC and a band, this is the indoor/outdoor pad to party in, with great home-straight views.

To soak up the entertainment and access personal mini marquees, Emerson’s Village rocks a backyard brews and BBQ vibe.

Lanson Champagne will be flowing in the Blossom Lady Lounge on the newly renovated top level of the Metropolitan stand. Floor to ceiling windows look over the track and winning post – with a bird’s eye view of the fashion awards.

For single and casual crowds, the inclusive hospitality at Spectators is perfectly positioned on Metropolitan’s ground floor for intimate race action.

For friends and fashionistas who wish to mingle in a more social area to enjoy the races, dance, and clink glasses, the lively Lindauer Lawn and roof top party is back again.

And for revelers who like to be amongst it all, with a larger, party atmosphere, The Edge Public Village is where the action happens.

“This year we see our responsibility to create an amazing event even more important. We’re in need of a good time here in Christchurch and Cup Week at Addington has always provided the ability for Cantabrians to celebrate.”

Brochures are out, so it’s a race to book your hospitality packages which have traditionally sold out for Addington Cup Week.

General admission and the Lindauer Lawn and rooftop will be capped this year, and go on sale 1 September. Addington Cup Week 2020 will be a sure-bet sensation! Join the party!

Email Joanne McMaster to book your spot


In spectacular fashion

Christchurch kicked up its heels in spectacular fashion for the last Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup of the decade.




It was a perfect sunny day for the 116th Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day at Addington – the event of the year that approximately 20,000 people would not have missed. This month also celebrated the 25th anniversary of Cup Day’s naming rights sponsor and principal partner Christchurch Casino.

Glass clinked and fine food was feasted upon as the music, merriment and head-turning outfits bedazzled the year’s most coveted and anticipated event.


On the roof of the luxurious Lindauer Lawn, with its views across the racetrack, revellers in their finery danced to the R and B vibes of Vince Harder, the Kiwi band most renowned for number one song Everything. Retro DJ band Automatic 80’s unleashed nostalgia and inhibitions with tracks from a colourful era in The Edge Public Village.

It was unanimous among judges and organisers that fashionistas in The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Competition had upped the stakes this year to a very high standard. And colour was everywhere.


The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Lady went to Nikki Pagen for her sublime ensemble in white, red and blue – stunning in simplicity, yet with impeccable detailing. Runner-up Stephanie Murray matched the day perfectly in sunny yellow from head to toe.

The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Man Matt Anderson was sophisticated in his locally custom-design hand-stitched checked jacket in cobalt blue paired with cool white trousers.


Twelve exciting races set hearts pounding. The Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup was won by Cruz Bromac, driven by first-time winner Blair Orange. The Australian-owned winning horse was trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen – their fourth consecutive win.

One dollar from each race book sold at both the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day and Show Day Races went to St John, while 50 percent of revenue from the sale of the Cup Day Pin went to Ronald McDonald House South Island. The gold coin donation entry for the Show Day Races supported the Māia Health Foundation, where the kids’ entertainment zone and petting zoo proved to be a hit.




Breakfast of kings: Universo

Breakfast is of course the most important meal of the day on Canterbury’s most highly anticipated race day of the year, and beautiful Universo will set you up in style.



Tuesday 12 November launches the Christmas and summer social season and we must start as we mean to go on!

A glass of French champagne, a free transfer by bus to Addington Raceway and breakfast à la carte, or canapé-style while you mix and mingle with your squad in the bar area or al fresco, is yours for just $50 per person at Universo from 9am.

You will be transported from Universo just after 11am, arriving in plenty of time for the first race – the perfectly stylish, delicious and hassle-free start to a glorious day of fashion and racing. Reservations are essential – so phone Universo on 03 379 5214 to reserve your place.




Race Day Round Up

It’s the week we’ve all been waiting for. From horseracing and entertainment through to fashion and food (not to mention bubbles!), Christchurch’s most iconic event on the sporting and social calendar is creeping closer. Here’s a curated collection of some of the hottest happenings to help you celebrate Cup Week in style.




Bubbly Breakfast
The Tannery, 12 November, 9-11am
The Tannery’s Atrium will be transformed into a Cup & Show breakfast celebration, with shared-style breakfast – think croissants, danishes, fruit salads, granola, spiced sausages and more, alongside bubbles, beer, mimosas and juices!

The Crossing’s Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition
The Edge Public Village, Addington Raceway, 12 November
If you’re a fashionista looking to become Christchurch’s fashion icon of the year, this is for you! Entries are now open for both Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Man, so fill out a form and purchase a gate entry ticket – head to

NZ Trotting Cup Day After Party
Louis, 123 Victoria Street, 12 November, 5pm-1am
After a fun-filled day of fashion, food, bubbles and racing, you’ll need something to keep you partying the night away… Head along to Louis for an after party like no other, complete with live music, magnums of Mumm (at the standard bottle price) and fabulous food!

Breakfast, Bubbles & Bus
Savoire Café of Merivale, Merivale Mall, 12 November, from 9am
If you’re planning a day of glamour and horse racing action this Cup Day, why not kick it all off in style with Savoire Café of Merivale with a delectable set menu? Bookings required.

Cup Day Breakfast and Bus
No.4 Bar, 4 Mansfield Avenue, Merivale, 12 November
No.4’s legendary Cup Day Breakfast and Bus sets the day up nicely. Not only does the bus get you there in style, it brings you back in plenty of time to continue the celebrations into the evening, with a lot happening back at No.4 all week for those staying behind as well.

Show Day Races
Addington Raceway, 15 November, 10:30am-7pm
Check out all the racing action at the Show Day Races, a fun day out for the whole family! Hang out on the Lindauer Lawn and enjoy live music, delicious food and drinks and a free kids’ entertainment zone (with a petting zoo!)

The New Zealand Agricultural Show
Canterbury Agricultural Park, 13-15 November, 8am-5:30pm
The New Zealand Agricultural Show returns for 2019, complete with fairground rides, demonstrations, competitions, live entertainment, the iconic Hazletts Farmyard, woodchopping, gumboot throwing and all things food and retail.




Are you the Best Dressed?: Q&A with Jackie O’Fee

The whispers of Cup and Show Week are starting to be heard around town, so Metropol caught up with Jackie O’Fee of Signature Style and six-time judge for Addington Raceway’s Fashion Competition to get her take on how to prepare for this year.




Signature Style is your company/brand. What do you do for your clients?
I work with them to create a look they love. I’m old school – trained in colour and body-shape analysis. I know the science behind what it takes to make my clients look fabulous.

Where are you from?
Although I was born in Auckland I grew up in Dunedin and Gore and I lived in Christchurch for seven years. I visit Christchurch often and have family there.

How did you come to be a judge?
I think initially through my work for one of the key fashion sponsors, but I loved it and I love that they have kept asking me! I’ve been lucky enough to judge/MC six times and this year will be my seventh!






What do you love most about judging?
The fashion is incredible. Where else do you have a chance to wear hats, gloves, and take an outfit to such an extreme level of detail?

What is the golden rule of race day fashion?
It’s all in the details – every single element must be considered from top to toe.

What will you be looking for on the day?
Immaculate presentation. Over the past few years judging at Addington has become so difficult as the standard has been incredibly high, which means you are eliminating finalists on the smallest of mis-steps: a scruffy shoe, a jarring note with a bag, poor finishing on a hemline etc.




What is the best way to catch the eye of the judges on the day?
Be on trend (yes, race wear also follows trends), have every part of your outfit working together and have fun up there – we want you to enjoy your day.

Local milliner Susi Meares of Seventh and Fig or Show Pony Millinery are quite popular in Christchurch. What are some NZ hat makers/milliners that you could recommend?
Monika Neuhauser is very clever, Belinda Green does beautiful work and Claire Hahn has made several of my own hats. Maria Wright is also brilliant.

How far in advance should contestants start planning their look?
I think some probably start when they are still at the track on Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day! Given how closely the Addington Raceway’s Fashion Competition community monitors international trends I think the planning begins as we start to see looks coming through from the many international meetings like Royal Ascot, Dubai World Cup (which was won this year by New Zealander Eleanor Campbell).

Coco Chanel was quoted as saying that ‘beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself’. How can women enlist this mantra on Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day?
I think you can tell when someone is uncomfortable in what they are wearing so it’s important to wear something that you love and feel good in.





Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day: Behind the scenes

On Tuesday 12 November, more than 20,000 people will descend on Addington Raceway which plays prestigious host to the 116th Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day. But for the team at Addington, the preparation begins in February and ramps up in May each year. Peter Walker caught up with some of the team and was blown away by the magnitude of the event.




Facilities Manager Tim Rattray has been involved with Addington Raceway since 1973. If you’re sitting on a chair at a table, dancing in front of a stage, or relaxing in a marquee, Tim makes it happen. Using ‘tried and tested’ processes and suppliers, Tim is in charge of making sure 700 extra tables and 4,000 chairs are delivered and set up. Around 400 toilets are sourced, delivered, and maintained according to the Cup Week pack-in schedule.

Tim and his team oversee the order and placement of things such as speakers, stages, fridges, fences, china, cutlery and linen, ovens, TV screens and a host of other things that go on behind the scenes to make the magic of the day happen. They also secure and manage 250-300 security staff.


The spectacular surroundings of the grounds are all overseen by Facilities & Property Manager John Denton and his team. They make sure that the roses bloom, the grass is perfectly mowed, and the racetrack is prepped to ensure records can be broken. This is all done in schedule with Tim’s team to ensure everything is timed accordingly, and ensures marquees, for example, are set up the day after the lawns have been mowed.

Overseeing the sale and delivery of hospitality packages, where attention to detail is key, is done by Joanne McMaster, Senior Event Consultant. Joanne and her team will host 4,000 plus guests, making sure they are fed and entertained in spectacular settings, most of which are temporary marquees. This year will see a complete refresh of the areas with bright colour and floral arrangements everywhere. Many companies take advantage of the hospitality packages to treat staff and clients. Hydroflow is Joanne’s biggest hospitality client and they have been guests at Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day celebrations for over 20 years!


Feeding 20,000 plus people in eight hours is a pretty big task, one which falls on the shoulders of Executive Chef Graeme Jones. With more than 80 staff, Graeme plans menus months in advance, secures the best products – often in the hundreds of kilos – all to be delivered with meticulous timing in the weeks, days and hours before hitting the tables. The variety is staggering – from food trucks in The Edge Public Village to fabulous cuisine in vast quantities being prepped in dozens of kitchens course-wide.

Add to all this The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Competition, bands and musicians, international and local media, photographers and VIPs, all of whom need to be organised and looked after, and it takes an army of people to pull off. On 12 November, spare a thought for the stars behind the scenes who make the magic happen.









Let’s Celebrate Addington Cup Week 2019

Spring is in the air, which apart from blossoms enveloping the city, means only one thing for Canterbury – the 116th Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day at Addington Raceway.



Harness racing, high fashion, food, friends and fun; Tuesday 12 November is the absolute highlight of Canterbury’s social calendar.

Celebrating 25 years in Christchurch, principal partner Christchurch Casino, in conjunction with Addington Raceway, offers an exceptional range of places and activities to toast their anniversary on Australasia’s biggest harness racing day.

Of course, a major focus of the day is fashion. Fashion and racing have had a long association, and this year’s extravaganza will be even bigger and better, with a new sponsor of the fashion competition, Christchurch’s newest retail heart, The Crossing!

The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition is the opportunity to showcase your style, elegance and understanding of current fashion trends. Not to be confused with evening wear, race wear is uniquely sophisticated – the latest silhouettes and colour palettes with a modern edge are ideal. Hat, fascinator, or hairpiece is essential for ladies; hat and perfected accessories for men.

There are some amazing prizes up for grabs, including $1,000 gift vouchers from The Crossing, Country Road and Barkers, return economy flights for two to Tokyo and Brisbane (courtesy of Air New Zealand), accommodation at the Peninsula Beachfront Resort in Mooloolaba, a gorgeous diamond pendant, earrings and ring from Pascoes The Jewellers, Presage and Quartz watches from Seiko, and Lanson Champagne. Check out all the details and enter at

The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Best Dressed Competition is one of many activities happening in The Edge Public Village. It will be entertainment central, including The Edge Activation Garden. There are delicious treats, refreshing beverages, totes and phone charging stations to name a few. Reserved seating in the Public Stand guarantees you prime viewing – check all the details at

If the Lindauer Lawn is more your taste, get your tickets early as this area sells out. A complimentary Lindauer will be served to the first 1,000 stylish and racing-ready people and the first 100 will receive a ‘glam gift’. The options are endless; get close to the music, enjoy delectable treats, thirst-quenching refreshments, spectacular views and top-class racing, or visit the ‘pamper’ lounge for some chill-out time!

After last year’s successful operation, AWOP will be in use in the Lindauer Lawn and The Edge Public Village. ‘Another Way Of Paying’ is a cashless payment system, a wristband charged with however much you want to spend (no overspending!), and will be used to purchase everything you need on the day – food, drinks, bets, charity donations (Ronald McDonald House South Island and St. John) and more. TAB winnings will be paid in cash, however, any winnings over $1000 will require additional ID to be shown. Find all the details at

What would Christchurch Casino New Zealand Trotting Cup Day be without the stars of the day: the horses! There will be 12 races from around noon – the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup, scheduled for 5:12pm, is the main feature, with only one question on everyone’s lips – will Thefixer do it again?

Come be part of the magic. Be seen. Enjoy a fantastic day at #NZCup19. Make sure you check for all the information you need.


Be part of the magic!

Get ready for the biggest week in Christchurch!



Starting at Addington Raceway, Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday 12 November will be full of excitement to toast Christchurch Casino’s 25th anniversary.

This year elegant glasses of Lanson Champagne will clink, gourmet cuisine will be served, and the 116th running of the Christchurch Casino NZ Trotting Cup and 11 spectacular races will amaze.

Fabulous race day attire will be seen on the catwalk, with The Crossing Fashion Starts Here Competition heats and semi-finals being held in The Edge Public Village, and finals in the presentation area. Competition will be fierce with over $20,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, including phenomenal international travel courtesy of Air New Zealand.

This year promises to build on all the excitement, glamour and entertainment the event has become famous for during its proud history that spans more than a century.

On Cup Day, Addington is proudly supporting St John and Ronald McDonald House South Island. The week’s excitement continues at Addington’s Show Day Races on Friday 15 November, Canterbury Anniversary Day, with great racing, live entertainment and a free kids’ entertainment zone and petting zoo. Entry is by gold coin donation to Māia Health Foundation and no public surcharges will apply.

During Cup Week, Addington will be offering an exceptional range of hospitality options, including private and shared marquees, prime viewing hospitality and indoor and outdoor choices. Limited options remain for both days.

Public tickets go on sale 2 September. For full details about how you can #bepartofthemagic, visit