Summer festival of racing & rugby in Wellington

25 June 2015

A week of rugby, racing and fun is promised with the Wellington Cup racing and Wellington Sevens rugby dates lining up for a summer festival in January of next year (2016).

From left Ironman Matt Reading,  All Blacks Sevens player Lote Raikabula,  Mayor of Upper Hutt & Vice President of the Wellington Racing Club Wayne Guppy, Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown, Patch the Miniature Horse, Wellington Cup Winning Jockey 2015 Matt Cameron, General Manager Sevens Wellington ,Steve Dunbar and Princess Leia Bernadette Sharkey-Burns. At centre is Storm Troopers Jack Sharkey-Burns and Finn Sharkey-Burns.

Launching the racing and sevens summer events

The Platinum Homes Wellington Cup is ready to race on Saturday, 23 January on Wellington Anniversary weekend and Wellington Sevens will kick off on 30 and 31 January, moving the two-day tournament to a Saturday and Sunday for the first time.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown welcomed the decision for the two iconic events to work together for the benefit of the region.

“Wellington Cup Day and Wellington Sevens make a significant contribution to the vibrancy, excitement and culture of the greater Wellington region,” she says.

“One of the many wonderful things about Wellington is how organisations and businesses support each other when it comes to events in the city for the benefit of all. The combining of the two events is an example of successful partnerships and co-operation between racing and the sevens.”

Wellington Racing Club Vice President Wayne Guppy said the two organisations had been looking at ways to work more closely together for some time.

“To combine with Sevens Wellington to create a festival of world class sporting events over two weeks and three weekends is a great achievement for both racing and rugby - and for Wellington as a destination. It was an opportunity too good to miss.”
Sevens Wellington General Manager Steve Dunbar said the two organisations would offer joint package options so Wellingtonians and visitors could make the most of the sport and fun.

“We know that many rugby fans also enjoy a day at the races and vice versa. With joint packages we can make it easier for people to enjoy both and not have to choose between one or other.”

Dunbar said ticket packages would be announced in the coming weeks.

Important dates:

  • 16 January - Tui Super Saturday featuring the J R & N Berkett Telegraph Handicap
  • 23 January - Platinum Homes Wellington Cup
  • 30, 31 January– Sevens Wellington, Westpac Stadium
  • 30 January - The Interislander Summer Festival Day for families supported locally by New World

Picture caption:
Launching the racing and sevens summer events from left Ironman Matt Reading, All Blacks Sevens player Lote Raikabula, Mayor of Upper Hutt & Vice President of the Wellington Racing Club Wayne Guppy, Mayor of Wellington Celia Wade-Brown, Patch the Miniature Horse, Wellington Cup Winning Jockey 2015 Matt Cameron, General Manager Sevens Wellington, Steve Dunbar and Princess Leia Bernadette Sharkey-Burns. At centre is Storm Troopers Jack Sharkey-Burns and Finn Sharkey-Burns.