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, 28 August 2022

First Race approx. 12.30pm



Tuesday Trackwork – 19/07/2022

Opunake Cup entries Cork, Aromatic and Angelica looked ready for Saturday’s New Plymouth feature when they worked in good style at Matamata on Tuesday morning. Galloping right-handed on the outside of the course proper, which was just into the heavy range, Cork...

Trackwork – Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Le Sablier, Millefiori and So Gorgeous, form runners in the Team Wealleans Tauranga Classic, shaped up well during trackwork at Matamata on Tuesday morning. Last-start Pukekohe winner Le Sablier (Tynan) worked on the No. 2 sand, where she gradually built up momentum...


Racing community in mourning

The Matamata Racing Club joins the New Zealand racing community in mourning the passing on Tuesday evening of popular jockey Taiki Yanagida, who had been on life support in Waikato Hospital following a race fall last Wednesday. The Japanese-born 28-year-old was highly...

Newman brings up century of wins with Ruakaka double

A frustrating wait for jockey Tegan Newman ended at Ruakaka on Saturday when she claimed the final two races on the card to bring up her 100th career victory. The bubbly 26-year-old had been sitting agonisingly on 99 career wins when she had one taken off her due to...

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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