New Zealand Cup Festivities
Whenever there is an important race meeting, such as the New Zealand Cup, coming up, clothing designers are swarmed with orders for unique and classic outfits. Woman don magnificent dresses and accessories and the men shine from head to toe. The New Zealand Cup is known to be a calendar event of outstanding horse racing and a fashion extravaganza. No doubt that on the 10th, 14th and the 17th of November 2007, the Riccarton Park Racecourse, in Christchurch, will come alive with color, elegance and serious horse racing.
The New Zealand Cup is held over three days, and is a premier event. The stakes for the weekend are set at approximately $2.11 million and, with only seven of these massive racing events being held throughout the year, everyone in the horse racing community attends it. The schedule for the three days of the weekend is as follows: on day one, the Group 1 New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 is run; on day two, the Group 2 Coupland’s Bakeries Mile takes place; and the weekend has its grand finale with the Group 2 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup and Group 1 First Sovereign Trust NZ 2000 Guineas taking place on the last day.
The New Zealand Bloodstock 1000 Guineas, on day one, is held together with a fashion and charity luncheon. The race is for three-year old fillies and can also be followed on the big screen. The King Of Cup Week event is also held on the first day and is exclusively for punters. The Coupland’s Bakeries Mile day is filled with competitions, entertainment and the Amateur Drivers Harness Challenge, a popular event. On the final day of this magnificent racing event, the three-year old colts get to prove their worth and, as always, the day is accompanied by festivities and entertainment.
For nail biting racing, great food, outrageous outfits and impressive events, such as Ladies Day, Show Day and the New Zealand Galloping and Trotting Cups, attend New Zealand’s annual celebration of the sport of kings. Thousands of loyal supporters come to the New Zealand Cup to cheer on their favorite horse and enjoy the festivities with friends and fellow punters.