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!

J Swap Contractors Ltd Matamata Breeders’ Stakes Raceday
Saturday 22nd February
FIRST RACE 12.25pm



4th February

Heavy fog put a dampener on proceedings at Matamata as a number of leading candidates for feature events at Te Rapa on Saturday were put through their paces. Amongst the handful of gallops that were able to be partially timed, Waikato Guineas entry Dragon Leap...

21st January

Bordeaux le Rouge and Princess Kereru were paired in an impressive gallop at Matamata on Tuesday ahead of the Karaka Million meeting. Working on a good plough, Bordeaux le Rouge (Bosson) and Princess Kereru (Lammas) cut out 1000m in 1:02.8, quickening readily for a...


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...

Mike’s incredible Melbourne Cup dream

Everyone in racing is inclined to dream at times about what they would like to achieve, but nothing compares with the Melbourne Cup dream experienced more than 20 years ago by transtasman trainer Mike Moroney. The incredible story leading up to Mike’s Melbourne Cup...

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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