News & Events

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

Clubs conference call delivers further clarity

A Tuesday morning conference call involving NZ Thoroughbred Racing personnel and some 50 club representatives provided further clarity of the path towards the resumption of racing. NZTR CEO Bernard Saundry (pictured) chaired the conference call, repeating earlier...

Matamata RC Training Facility Status

Further to the March 25 Matamata Racing Club notification to training track permit-holders that the MRC training facility would be closed for the next 14 days, the MRC has extended that closure to continue indefinitely. With another two weeks minimum for the...

IMPORTANT – MRC Covid-19 Notice

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO MATAMATA RACING CLUB TRAINING TRACK PERMIT-HOLDERS Please note that as of March 25 2020, the Matamata Racing Club has made the decision to close its training facility for the next 14 days at least. This follows the decision by a large majority of...

MRC Racing Bill Submission

To: Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee Matamata Racing Club Inc. (MRC) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Select Committee on the Racing Industry Bill. MRC is New Zealand’s largest combined racing and training facility, located in...

Lisa Chittick to be remembered with new Matamata race

Leading thoroughbred nursery Waikato Stud has strengthened its relationship with the Matamata Racing Club in the creation of a fillies and mares’ race with special meaning. Appropriately, the race is named in honour of the late Lisa Chittick and will be contested at...

Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour

VRC MEDIA RELEASE The People’s Cup races towards New Zealand Matamata, Wellington and Otago will all join racing history when they play host to the $200,000, 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup this week as part of the 17th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. The coveted...