Welcome to Matamata Racing Club
The Matamata Racing Club, located at the Matamata racecourse two kilometres south of the eastern Waikato township of Matamata, is a centre of racing and training excellence.

Thirteen race meetings per season, including its Premier fixture in February and an October Feature raceday, are staged by the Matamata Racing Club on the left-handed track. 

The MRC also operates a highly successful training centre, with an average of more than 700 horses prepared on the course in any month of the year. In recent years the MRC has undertaken an extensive programme to construct four on-site stable barns, with 140 horses now accommodated there.

As well as Matamata's own racing schedule, the South Waikato Racing Club conducts its popular annual racemeeting at the Matamata course.

Facilities are available for non-raceday activities, ranging from indoor functions such as weddings and funerals as well as outdoor gatherings.


MATAMATA TRACKWORK TUESDAY 8TH MAY 2018 -recorded by Dennis Ryan

Underthemoonlight shaped up for her Rotorua weekend assignment with solid work at Matamata this morning.

Galloping 18 metres out on the dead course proper with trainer Karyn McQuade in the saddle, Underthemoonlight strode over the last 1200 metres of her work in 1:20.3, 1000m in 1:06.1 and finishing off with a smart 600m section in 37.6.

A series of setbacks ruled out a Sydney autumn campaign for the classy racemare, but at anywhere near her best she will make her presence felt in Saturday’s Rotorua Stakes.

Temple Tiger (Fawcett) drew attention to his Rotorua prospects with sound work over 1000m in 1:08.8 and 600m in 38.6. Over the same ground Wonder Woman (Rusof) was unextended to record 1:12.8 and 41.

Rotorua entry Sound Works (Rusof) looked bright in her gallop over 1200m in 1:20.3, 1:04.2 and 38. Stablemate Za Za Gabor (Lammas) worked over ground and was timed from the 1200m in 1:24.5, 1:08.7 and 40.8. The Moroney/Gerard-trained filly is in good order ahead of her assignment in Adelaide next week. 

On the plough Divine Duke (S Weatherley) and Resurgence (S McKay) prepared for their respective weekend engagements at Rotorua and New Plymouth with a solid hitout over 1200m in 1:16.8, 1:01.4 and 36.5.

Rotorua entry Suliman (Hashazumi) was partnered by Paisley Park (Singh) over the last 1200m of his work in 1:25.9, 1:08.6 and 39.4, while Tweedledee (Osborne) returned 1:25.4, 1:09.2 and 40.5.

Trueman (Lammas) worked boldly ahead of Rotorua with 1200m in 1:21.2, 1:05.2 and 39. Promising two-year-old Sagunto (P McKay), who runs at New Plymouth, went with Ride The Storm (S McKay) over 1000m in 1:06.7 and 37.5.

Future Patch (Loon) and Serious Patch (S Weatherley) were paired over 1000m in 1:08.5, but fog prevented any sectional timing. Pacquiao (Zuppicich) and Raspberry Sweet (Handley) finished their work off well over 1000m in 1:11.2 and 39.8.

On the all-weather track New Plymouth pair Alphastar (Danis) and Sure He Can (S McKay) cut out 1000m in 1:04.9 and 600m in 36.8.

Singapore-bound Ocean Emperor (Johannsen) completed striding work by running in freely from the 600m in 38.6. The Zabeel entire is making good progress for trainer Gary Hennessy ahead of his flight to Singapore on May 17.

Track Work 10th April - Recorded by Dennis Ryan ››
10 Apr 2018Our Abbadean looked on target to complete a hat-trick in Saturday’s Hawkes Bay Gold Cup when she hit out boldly in training at Matamata this morning. Galloping on the plough with raceday rider Shafiq Rusof in the saddle, Our Abbadean set off o
Track Work 3rd April 2018 - recorded by Dennis Ryan ››
03 Apr 2018Cote d’Or looked the part for Saturday’s Fiber Fresh Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes when she galloped stylishly at Matamata this morning. Working on the plough, Cote d’Or (D Weatherley) set off from the 1600-metre mark and bui
Track Work 27th March - recorded by Dennis Ryan ››
27 Mar 2018Fog hindered timing at Matamata this morning as several candidates for the Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes impressed when they prepared for Saturday’s Awapuni meeting. Avantage and Handsome Rebel were ridden by their respective raceday jo
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