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!

Noble & Lee Christmas at the Races
Wednesday 23rd December
First Race 3.04pm



Trackwork 24th November

Vamos Bebe looked ready for her return to competition at Ellerslie on Saturday when she galloped stylishly at Matamata on Tuesday morning. On a good plough, Vamos Bebe (T Harris) travelled strongly throughout 1000m in 1:04.8, with the final 600m in 36.8. The Jamie...

Trackwork 27th October

Yearn was in good form at Matamata on Tuesday as she prepared for Saturday’s Pukekohe meeting. Galloping on the plough, Yearn (Tynan) was in her usual enthusiastic mood as she rattled off a smart 1000m in 1:03, finishing with a final 600m in 35.9. The Karen...


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

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