There won't be a champagne flute in sight at the Wellington winter races this weekend.
Instead, it seems raised pinkie fingers and gently sipped tea will be de rigueur.

The Wellington Racing Club failed an undercover sting during January's Wellington's Cup Day when an under-age buyer without ID was served alcohol on one occasion.

As a consequence, the club cannot serve liquor at its winter races at Trentham Racecourse this Saturday.

Thanks to a corporate sponsorship deal with Chanui Tea, several races will be named after the brand's products and tea will be available for punters at the course.


The alcohol-free day was agreed between the club, police and the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority in punishment for the cup day infraction.