Situated in inner-city Auckland, the Avondale Jockey Club (AJC) has been part of New Zealand thoroughbred racing for over 120 years. The Avondale racecourse is a right-handed turf track, 1800 metres, suitable for racing in all conditions and loved by jockeys and horse owners for its high quality and consistency. The track is acknowledged as giving every runner a fair chance to perform well.
AJC is located inside the Auckland inner-city fringe, west of the CBD (15 minutes by car and 25 minutes by train from Britomart). Visitors, locals and racing fans from everywhere are welcome at our venue, always. Where does the AJC turf track rate in terms of the best NZ can offer? If you rate as the most important factor in selecting ‘the best racetrack’, the turf course itself, then you are on a winner – the Avondale racetrack is one of only two or three great turf surfaces in the country. On the other hand if your criterion is the ‘quality of the racing’, there’s little to be had and naturally your favourites are elsewhere.
Going back to 1889, AJC and its predecessor clubs have a long distinguished history. Traditionally the Avondale course would attract some of the country’s best horses, with famous owners’ and horses’ names among past winners of the Avondale Guineas and the Avondale Gold Cup (2200m). Over the last few years racing at Avondale has been scaled back by the regulators of the industry: the track – with about 4 – 5 race meetings per year – is unwanted. Currently our racing is a series of Industry-day (weekday) race meetings, typically between October and April each season.
Next race day: Wednesday 25th May 2022
AJC News & Blog
Racegoers were few and far between at Avondale on Saturday 2 April 2022 but those who attended saw the first use of the club’s new rail and witnessed some good racing. The track came up a Dead 5 (close to the club’s plan) and was upgraded halfway through to a Dead 4.
AJC Racing Manager, Richard Pridham, is looking forward to leaning on the new plastic running rail that is to be installed on the Avondale track. In announcing the development Richard Pridham said “Avondale members will be pleased to hear that what has been a stop-start project is going to see delivery from
At the club’s first virtual annual members’ meeting (Zoom, 29 November 2021) Tracey Berkahn, President, extended her thanks to those participating behind their screens that afternoon, as well as thanking all AJC staff for their work through a ‘pandemic year’. She noted that long-serving official Janice Skinner steps down this season from