Canterbury Jockey Club

At the forefront of New Zealand racing since 1854. Ride with the action!


Grand National Festival of Racing 2022

Saturday 6 August 2022

The first day of the Grand National festival of racing. Join us for the Winning Edge Presentations Winter Cup and discover the wonder of Winter Racing with fashion, food, and thrilling racing plus live music in the birdcage each day.



Enjoy exclusive member access and benefits

Members of the Canterbury Jockey Club enjoy many benefits from free entry to race meetings and discounts on stand passes, access to members only lounges and up-to-the-minute information relating to racing events.


For over 165 years the Canterbury Jockey Club has been at the forefront of New Zealand racing conducting some of the most prestigious races in the country. Riccarton Park is home to 28 racedays from the 2021-22 season with highlights including the New Zealand Cup Meeting in November, Grand National Festival of Racing (Jumps Racing) in August and the four day Autumn Racing Season.

The Clubs racing calendar is defined by:

  • The iconic Martin Collins New Zealand Cup® over the staying test of 3200 metres.
  • Group 1, Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas® over the classic distance of 1600 metres.
  • Group 1, Barneswood Farm New Zealand 1000 Guineas® for the three-year-old fillies.
  • Group 2, Coupland's Bakeries Mile over 1600 metres for the Open horses
  • These four races form the backbone of the New Zealand Cup Meeting.
  • Racecourse Hotel & Motor Lodge Grand National Steeplechase in August.
  • Hospitality New Zealand Canterbury Grand National Hurdle Race also in August.
  • 23 Group, Listed and Prestige Jumping Races are held each year.
  • On 11 of these races the Club pays well above the industry funded minimum stake.
  • 18 of the Clubs 28 racedays are Feature, Premier or Iconic racemeetings.
  • Racing will be conducted every month in 2022
  • 7 days of racing on the Synthetic track from May to July 2022.
  • 28 racedays conducted in the racing year from 2021/22

The 2022 Grand National Festival of Racing is 6, 10, 13 August and the 2022 NZ Cup Meeting is on 5, 9 & 12 November.

Vibrant and exciting racedays held throughout the year. Download the 2022/2023 race dates file here.