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

Thirteen 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!

TRAC Sports Bar Matamata Raceday
Wednesday 25th March
FIRST RACE 1.23 pm
Please note: Due to Coronavirus there is no general admittance


25th February

Dragon Leap left no doubts he will be at concert pitch for the Vodafone New Zealand Derby when he worked superbly at Matamata this morning. Galloping solo on the course proper, where the going was dead 20 metres out, Dragon Leap (Yanagida) strode into his work from...

18th February

A large number of feature race candidates for Saturday’s local meeting as well as Otaki made for a busy training session at Matamata on Tuesday. Karaka Million winner Cool Aza Beel (McNab) and recent debut winner Need I Say More (Bosson) were paired over 1000m on the...


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...

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