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Wanganui Jockey Club

Ph: (06) 345-3968 | | The Racecourse, Purnell Street, Wanganui

Ph: (06) 345-3968|

Wanganui Jockey Club

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Need to know details for Christmas at the races - Saturday 28 November

17th November, 2020

THIS IS AN R18 event with strictly NO BYO alcohol and NO PRELOADING or entry to the venue will be refused.

The Wanganui Jockey Club will host Christmas at the races this year on Saturday 28th November 2020 which features the Steelform Roofing Group Wanganui Cup.

Tickets have been in high demand since the middle of the year even with more options available. The raceday is an R18 event and the introduction of the Party tent for the younger patrons will see them enjoy live DJ music in their designated marquee at the far end of the home straight lawns. The Eulogy Lounge will have a sports bar feel this year and be an indoor option open to the public to go with the outdoor lawns which were full of Cup Day revellers last year.

There will be no official Fashion in the Field competition this year but random spot prizes will be given out to those best dressed people and groups around the venue. The club sends special thanks to our great sponsors (Andersons, Bebe Beauty Boutique, Noire, Shona Rubery Designs, Repco, Silvesters, Pharmacy 145, Just Looking, Footloose, and Jolt Coffee House to name a few).

The Damn Raucous Band will be doing their thing again around the facilities creating a great atmosphere with their merry band of musicians. The popular Repco Mascot race will again be run with Barrie the Butcher from the WRFU coming out of retirement to try to claim his first placing since the inception of the race. Donald Trump may also now be available this year depending on post-election legal commitments.

The main entrance on Ingestre St Extn will be open from 10.30am onwards with general admission $10. There will be an ID registration table set up in the main foyer of the Function Centre for those under 25 guests to provide evidence that they are over 18yo.

Racing is from 12.27pm – 4.33pm with 8 races scheduled.

River City Cabs will be on-course with a stand inside the main gate.

The WJC has not raced since the 5th September and has not been able to have a crowd since its 14th February meeting due to the COVID interventions. The club would like to thank all of it’s sponsors and supporters in what has been a very challenging year and would like to acknowledge its raceday sponsors including: The Steelform Roofing Group, Dave Hoskin Carriers, Loaders, Gas & Heating, Sound Electrical, TCL Communications, Wanganui Motors and A+ Plumbing.


  • This is an R18 EVENT.
  • Strictly NO BYO alcohol and NO PRELOADING or entry to the venue will be refused. Security and Police will be at the main gate and you will be turned away even if you have pre-purchased tickets. Random searches apply.
  • General admission is $10.
  • The only public areas will be the Eulogy lounge, outside lawns on the Home straight near the birdcage, and the alcohol free area in the Veandercross Lounge café. ALL OTHER AREAS ARE PREBOOKED.
  • ALL U25's MUST register with official ID. The Party tent will have their own registration area but all other areas must report to the Function Centre foyer. NO underage drinking will be tolerated and minors will be ejected.
  • Eftpos available in most rooms.
  • Cafe and food trucks around the facilities.
  • Bars open at 11am.

  • PARTY TENT AREA - Drinks ticket area only. NO cash or eftpos at the bar.

You can purchase your drinks tickets at the Party Tent registration area. Drinks tickets can only be used at this raceday on the 28th November 2020. All drinks tickets MUST be used by the last race when the bar closes and any unused tickets can not be redeemed for cash.

There will be a designated registration area near the entrance of the Party tent (inside the main gate on Ingestre St Extn) to collect admission wristband, meal ticket, complete ID check, and purchase drinks tickets.

NO U18's will be permitted entry to this area even if tickets pre-purchased. It is an R18 area only.

PLEASE NOTE that there will be no totes in the Party tent for betting.

You will either have to use the totes in the Public marquee area or inside in the Eulogy Lounge.

Otherwise you can bet online on your phone at .



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