Countdown to the Counties Cup

Fashion judges Carena West, Wendy Zitzenbacher, supreme winner Stacey Hanley and Mai FM’s Nickson.

The annual SsangYong Counties Cup Day returns to Pukekohe Park for the second year after a brief hiatus while the track upgrade took place and the team have announced some exciting developments to the 2017 version.

Following the successful return to horseracing at Pukekohe Park in 2016, the Counties Racing Club saw over 4,000 people through the gates to witness the running of the SsangYong Counties Cup.

This year the Club expects to see a significant increase in crowd attendance at next weekend’s event with the investment in the entertainment and fashion aspects increased.

Also known as the raceday catwalk competition, the Fashion in the Field held on the day can be viewed from the Main Grandstand and offers over $4,000 worth of prizes to the contestants, including a cash prize and a SsangYong Rexton for the week.

Pokeno personality and Fashion in the Field hopeful Belinda Green said “The Counties Cup is always a raceday I look forward too. The local crowd makes a great atmosphere and I always seem to make a dollar or two on the horses. It must be a lucky day for me”.

There will be a few surprises in between the live horseracing action too with the Event Team organising some interesting entertainment including a Brazillian dance group and horseback vaulting.

Peter Hunt, Chief Operating Officer, is looking forward to the day stating “We expect to see a great turnout in what is a fantastic day of top horseracing and great entertainment. Excitement is building up and we are amazed how the local community get behind what is a heritage and premier raceday, every year.”

Hospitality ticket sales have already exceeded 2016, with the popular Oaks Lounge already sold out and only limited tickets available in the premier Daniel Le Brun marquee and Colts & Fillies party zone.

Tickets are available at or General Admission ($10) can be purchased at the gate, cash sales only.

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