Feilding Jockey Club

Manawatu ITM ANZAC Day Races

Thursday 25th April 2019

Eight Races

Entry: FREE Ground admission

"Member for a Day" Members stand passes available for $10 from the Race day office

First Race: 1.14pm (tbc)

Last Race: 4.44pm (tbc) 

Silks Lounge

    • Entry to the stunning Silks Lounge
    • Reserved seating 
    • Racebooks and pens
    • Premium beverage package (includes all beers, wine and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day)
    • Hot buffet luncheon followed by dessert
    • Free return bus from Feilding (details available)

Only $125 per person (incl. gst)

Buses departing the Cheltenham Hotel at 11.30 and the Feilding Hotel at 11.45am

To book or for more information call 06 356 4940
Email: deanna@raceinc.co.nz


A Member on course could win $50 000! But you must be here to win! 

A great extra incentive for any RACE inc Club member to be at Awapuni -winning $50,000!

Simply register on arrival before Race 2 using your Members card (not guest card) at the race day office. 
The draw with those registered will take place after Race 2 and the winner notified via the loudspeaker system who then must present themselves to the race day office prior to Race 3.

The Member must then correctly choose the winners in 4 selected races at Awapuni(as determined by the the Racing Manager) at least 15 minutes before the first chosen race.
If all four selections are winners, the member will take home $50 000 ! 

Public Bar & Cafe

Located Ground Floor Public Stand with standard café fare. Fresh coffee available

Members Stand

Sandwich Bar available in the Awapuni Lounge plus the Members Café will be open.
Birdcage bar “Build your own” carvery will be open.


Public: With no gate entry for todays meeting, public parking is available in the forecourt. Access via Racecourse Road
Members, jockeys, trainers and Owners of horses running today. Parking is available in the “Members Carpark” area with access from Te Wanaka Road 



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To book or for more information call 06 356 4940
Email: deanna@raceinc.co.nz

Awapuni has a long history with the armed forces, in particular the medical corps

Awapuni Memorial in 1929

Awapuni Memorial 1929

awapuni memorial 2007

Awapuni Memorial 2016


During World War One the Awapuni Racecourse was used for training by the New Zealand Medical Corps. Following the War in 1929 a Memorial was unveiled at the Racecourse to honour the 662 members of the Corps who were killed or wounded during the conflict. The Memorial was officially opened by the Governor General of the day Sir Charles Fergusson.

The Memorial consists of a pool in the shape of an ambulance cross with a marble cairn in the centre. The cairn is a fountain as seen operating in the 1929 photo above. A small marble plaque is attached to the cairn and a larger version with the same inscription is on the side of the pool. The beginning of the inscription reads “In Arduis Fidelis” – which translates as “faithful in adversity”. 

Over the years the memorial gradually fell into disrepair, prompting a two-year restoration project beginning in 2014 and coinciding with the centenary of the First World War. The restoration was led by the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps, together with Palmerston North City Council and the Awapuni Racing Centre. It included the removal of the chain-link fence that had previously enclosed the memorial, and new landscaping and planting.

The newly restored memorial was rededicated at a special ceremony held on 20 October 2016, which included a formal military service. Speakers at the event included Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith and restoration project leader Lieutenant Colonel Darren Beck, former commanding officer of 2nd Health Support Battalion (NZ) and Regimental Colonel of the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps.

The Memorial was designed by Mr J M Johnston, the Secretary of the Manawatu Racing Club. It is assumed the Club built and paid for the Memorial.

See  http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/node/1024 for more information

Soldier sits in mock trenches, Awapuni Racecourse 1917

Soldier sits in mock trenches, Awapuni Racecourse 1917

Army Drill at Awapuni Racecourse 1915

Army Drill at Awapuni Racecourse 1915

Soldiers at Awapuni Racecourse - 2nd Field Ambulance 1942

Soldiers at Awapuni Racecourse - 2nd Field Ambulance 1942

Unidentified Group of Soldiers at Awapuni Racecourse 1942

These unidentified soldiers are thought to be the 2nd Field Ambulance group outside of barracks at the Awapuni Racecourse. The Palmerston North A&P Showgrounds, Awapuni racecourse and Awatapu Golf Course were all utilised as army training camps during the war.