Story: Canterbury region

Riccarton Racecourse

Riccarton Racecourse

Horse racing and trotting have a long history in Canterbury. By the 1870s Riccarton Racecourse was known as the home of the New Zealand Cup. This is still the focus of a racing carnival, held annually in November. The woman at left is singing the national anthem to the crowds on Cup Day.

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Canterbury Racing - Canterbury Jockey Club
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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Sport and leisure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2023)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015