MEDIA RELEASE | Legacies align with Barfoot & Thompson renewing their partnership with Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

1 Dec 2023
Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

Legacies align with Barfoot & Thompson renewing their partnership with Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

Auckland Thoroughbred Racing (ATR) is thrilled to announce that major partner, Barfoot & Thompson, has renewed its’ commitment to their iconic raceday portfolio.

Barfoot & Thompson has recently confirmed that it will extend its partnership with ATR until December 2025 securing their role as naming rights sponsor of events including Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Week (encompassing 2 & 9 March 2024), Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day (9 March 2024) and Barfoot & Thompson Twilight Summer Night (December 2024); along with various other races.

Barfoot & Thompson celebrated their centenary anniversary oncourse at Ellerslie Racecourse in March 2023, and have been a partner of the Club for over a decade.

Barfoot & Thompson Managing Director, Peter Thompson, says: “The relationship we have with ATR is one we value, and we are thrilled to be able to continue our support for this long-standing and highly-regarded Auckland institution.

“A key focus for our company is to give back, and make the communities where we live, work and play better places to be. Without a doubt ATR brings colour, excitement and vibrancy to the mix – we thoroughly enjoy being a part of the action, and lending our name to events that stand out as highlights on the city’s sporting calendar.”

Peter Thompson (RHS) and Michaela Sokolich-Beatson (LHS) with the iconic Auckland Cup oncourse at Ellerslie


Paul Wilcox, Chief Executive Officer of Auckland Thoroughbred Racing, says, “We are delighted to have Barfoot & Thompson extend their partnership with ATR.”

“Barfoot & Thompson have been an important part of the ATR ‘stable’ for over a decade and to continue our association with such an integral business in Auckland’s real estate, sport partnership and community sectors is really pleasing.

“The Barfoot & Thompson teams’ support of and enthusiasm for racing in Auckland is unmatched and we’re grateful for their patience whilst we’ve navigated Ellerslie’s closure due to our track upgrade.

“Barfoot & Thompson’s summer racing events are some of the most-anticipated racedays in the season and we’re thrilled to welcome them back to Ellerslie in 2024.”

New Zealand’s most glamourous racing carnival – Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Week – culminates with Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Cup Day on Saturday, 9 March 2024 – an event for all Aucklanders, it features the very best in racing, fashion, hospitality & entertainment.

The 2024 festive season will kick off with Barfoot & Thompson Twilight Summer Night. This raceday is a firm favourite for end-of-year parties and gives Aucklander’s a chance to celebrate the year that was.

For more information on ATR’s 2023/24 raceday calendar, the track upgrade or to purchase tickets visit

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