Monday, August 31, 2009
Showtime 3 - A Day at the Races
Just a Tad at Riccarton Park Racecourse, 2008.
Spring is in the air and as the cherry trees around Christchurch’s Hagley Park begin to burst into blossom, thoughts are turning to New Zealand Cup and Show Week. Come November 7-14 it will be festival time again, when racing, fashion, food and entertainment converge on the city and everyone goes slightly nutty. The Christchurch City Council created New Zealand Cup and Show Week back in 1996 as the umbrella brand to coordinate the growing number of national-interest races and local events and it’s grown significantly ever since. The festivities are now a highlight on the New Zealand racing calendar and a social occasion that attracts more than 125,000 people, including over 45,000 visitors to the city. New Zealand Trotting Cup Day at Addington Raceway, 2008. Central to the festival is New Zealand Cup Week, which includes the New Zealand Galloping and Trotting Cups, Ladies’ Day, Guineas Day and Show Day race meetings, where the Addington and Riccarton Racecourses celebrate the finest New Zealand has to offer both on and off the track. Get in early - get your tickets to events from www.nzcupandshow.co.nz Both images courtesy Christchurch City Council, NZ Cup and Show Week.