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New Zealand Derby

Race Name Grade Track
New Zealand Derby 1 Ellerslie Racecourse New Zealand Derby

New Zealand Derby

The New Zealand Derby, New Zealand's most renowned race, is a thoroughbred race for 3-year-olds and over, run at Ellerslie Racecourse in Auckland. It is a set-weight race and run over a mile and a half. The race is run on the first Saturday each March and is the opener for the Auckland Cup Week. The purse is NZ$700,000.

The Derby was run for the first time in May of 1875. Only 3 horses ran - one failed to start, the other was withdrawn before the race, which meant the rather dubious "winner" was a horse called Toi. In 1887 The Derby was renamed the ARC Great Northern Derby. This race kept this name until 1973 when the Great Northern Derby was renamed the New Zealand Derby.

Some of New Zealand's best known racehorses have won the Derby. Previous champs include Desert Gold, Balmerino and Bonecrusher.

New Zealand Derby Racecourse


Ellerslie Racecourse is the key racecourse in Auckland, for thoroughbred races. It is a rolling turf track of about 1900m. The track is right-handed.

Two of New Zealand's top racing carnivals; the Summer Carnival and Auckland Cup Week are based at Ellerslie Racecourse. The Summer carnival is run in December between Christmas and New Year.

New Zealand Derby
Ellerslie racecourse also has an impressive steeplechase course which rivals others over the world. It features the world-renowned Ellerslie hill which towers over the course.

New Zealand Derby - Past Winners

2003 St Reims
2004 Cut The Cake
2005 Xcellent
2006 Wahid
2007 Redoute's Dancer

New Zealand Derby - Betting

New Zealand Derby

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