Matamata Racing Club

The Matamata Racing Club, located at the Matamata Racecourse, two kilometres south of the eastern Waikato township of Matamata, is a centre of racing and training excellence.

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Welcome to Matamata Racing Club

Fourteen race meetings per season, including its premier Breeders’ Stakes in February and an October feature race- day, are staged by the Matamata Racing Club on the left-handed track.

As well as Matamata’s own racing schedule, the South Waikato Racing Club conducts its popular annual race meeting at the Matamata course.

The MRC also operates a highly successful training centre, with an average of more than 700 horses prepared on the course in any month of the year.

In recent years the MRC has undertaken an extensive programme to construct five on-site stable barns, with 152 horses now accommodated there.

Facilities are available for non-raceday activities, ranging from indoor functions such as weddings and funerals, as well as outdoor gatherings.


Next Race Meeting!

Sunday 29th August
Colchester Engineering Raceday
First Race 12:15pm



Trackwork 21st September

Two Madison’s run of form is set to continue judging by the way the merging stayer worked at Matamata on Tuesday morning ahead of this weekend’s home track meeting. Intermittent fog prevented the timing of a number of gallops and restricted sectional timing of various...

Trackwork 14th September

Avantage and Dragon Leap kept themselves right in contention for the Tarzino Trophy when they galloped impressively at Matamata on Tuesday morning ahead of the opening day of the Hawke’s Bay carnival. Hastings feature race candidates were allowed use of the course...


Melody Belle claims second MRC Horse of the Year title

Despite the strength of her opposition in a season that saw Matamata-trained horses win no less than 13 Group One races, there was no great surprise that star racemare Melody Belle successfully defended her Matamata Horse of the Year title when the 2019-20 awards...

Passing of Racing Bill welcomed by Industry

The passing of the Racing Industry Bill after its third reading today is a momentous occasion for New Zealand racing and delivers transformational change, says the leaders of New Zealand racing. Read full article here

Fashions in the Field

For those of you who really love to make the most of putting together a great raceday outfit, why not think about entering the Fashions in the Field? Buckets of fun and loads of fantastic prizes and win, lose or draw, you will get to do it in style!

The Joy of Race day Fashion

True race wear is unique.

It should be fashionable but feminine and elegant, and most importantly it is day wear, not evening wear. If you’d wear it to a evening event and it’s covered in bling it’s most likely the wrong choice.

The big days of racing call for hats, heels and handbags. Go all out and enjoy the fun of dressing up and stepping out with your friends for a day. Race wear can be fun, flirty and glamorous but it should still have an element of elegance for the big days and don’t forget to make the most of gorgeous matching accessories.

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