Winter Cup Reinstated

Group 3 feature back in play

The Canterbury Jockey Club (‘CJC’) is delighted to announce that with the co-operation of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (‘NZTR’) the time-honoured Group 3 Winter Cup will be run on Saturday 15 August 2020.


The Grand National Festival of Racing was a casualty of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the racing calendar and when that decision was made there was little likelihood that the race would, be run this winter.  Racemeetings in the June and July resumption phase had to be scheduled at racecourses wired with fibre optic cable and with Riccarton Park being one of only two such racecourses in the South Island, that necessitated two of the three days of the Grand National Festival coming forward.


However now that thoroughbred racing is up and running as from late June there is no reason not to run the Winter Cup and it will take its place on the programme of the CJC racemeeting at Riccarton Park on 15 August.


The race will be run over its traditional distance of 1600 metres with the Group 3 stake to be confirmed when the NZTR funding policy is released later this week.  Usually early entries are taken for the Winter Cup but that will not be the case this year and entries will close with the other races on the programme on Tuesday 11 August 2020.


For further information please contact Tim Mills Canterbury Jockey Club Chief Executive 027 430 0208 or


Image - DEZ and connections in 2019