10/03/2022. Mondo Ippico Internazionale, Pukekohe Park (NZ): Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day 2022




Good news, if you’ve not had enough of a horsey fix this week with Vodafone Derby Day and NZB’s sales at Karaka… the one and only Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day is happening this Sunday as the perfect round-off to Auckland Cup Week® 2022.

While restrictions on events held under the current ‘Red’ setting may mean the day doesn’t have the same off-track entertainment as you might be accustomed to; the good news is that the racing is still happening.

Tickets* are still available for you to join us oncourse, however, even if you can’t attend, there should be something in today’s round-up of stories, photos and competitions for you.



To celebrate Auckland Cup Week®, we’ve teamed up with LOVERACING.NZ to give you a chance at winning an epic prize. 

Simply Choose Your Champ in the 2022 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup and if your chosen horse is first past the post, you’re in the draw to Win



We asked some racing identities what the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup meant to them.


Vodafone Derby Day | In pictures

A second consecutive year of COVID-19-related restrictions for Vodafone Derby Day didn’t stop a great day of racing…


Life after the Cup

Ahead of Sunday’s Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup, LOVERACING.NZ caught up with former winner Pentane who absolutely flew home in thrilling fashion for Michael Walker back in 2006.

Click the video above to hear all about his well-deserved retirement and how he came to be, which all started from a mare found in a back paddock in Turangi.


All dressed up and ready to WIN

Entries into the Adashiko Fashion Qualifiers - our all-new online fashions in the field competition – are now OPEN and will see not one, not two or three but FOUR women announced as winners.

Each winner will receive a $1,000+ package including the full Adashiko skincare range & a five month supply of their Pure Collagen Powder PLUS earn a spot in the Regional Final of New Zealand’s national fashions in the field final, The Ned Prix de Fashion.

Entering is easy too!  Being online it means you don’t need to step a heel out of your own home to be in with a chance.



“It’s a race that’s eluded me…”

Champion trainer, Mike Moroney, has his sights set on the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup – and could third time be the charm with this horse?  


Image credit: Darryl Sherer



Check in with Barfoot & Thompson on course on Sunday and be in to win bubbles, betting slips and bar tabs to add to the celebrations! 


“I gave away training in the mid 1970’s, following Master Morgan finishing third in an Auckland Cup.”

From an 11-year-old riding trackwork in the late 1950s, to a jockey, trainer, stud manager, proud father and fashion in the field winner… Peter Coleman has experienced it all.

LOVERACING.NZ sat down with Peter to learn a little more about his life in racing.


“In the last week both Cartier and Harper’s Bazaar have reached out…”

We chatted to New Zealand’s most well-known millinery export, Australia-based Jill Humphries, for her take on all things fashion ahead of both the Adashiko Fashion Qualifiers and The Ned Prix de Fashion.


“My parents had a rule that we weren’t allowed to spend more than $1000 on a horse…”

From fascinators to foal watch; Kelsey Rothery exemplifies all the ways one can enjoy thoroughbred racing – even once leading out the field of the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup on her retired thoroughbred and second placegetter in 2011′s edition, Showcause.


Bonecrusher – a true champion

It’s 36 years since the great Bonecrusher won his first New Zealand Stakes, the race now named in his honour, which will be run here at Ellerslie on Sunday.

LOVERACING.NZ had a look at the career of one of the greats.


A race “absent of ‘sheanannaking’ and ‘hanky-panky’”

Well, that was The New Zealand Herald’s description of the first-ever running of Sunday’s Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup anyway!

We took a quick dive into the history books to bring you some facts about the race, the special silverware associated with it and its legendary winners.