Murwillumbah racing mecca for Cup day
By CHRISTIAN STANGER
MURWILLUMBAH is fast becoming the place to be on Melbourne Cup day for both locals and those from interstate.
So high is the demand for transport from the Gold Coast that Tweed River Jockey Club secretary manager Simon Quintner said the club will be running buses up to Surfers Paradise for next year's Melbourne Cup to help cope with more people descending on the country track.
"We've had a lot of inquiries from people up and down the coast up to Surfers paradise," Mr Quintner said.
"I've had that many inquiries from all over the place it's not funny. I've even got people who have come up from Melbourne to be here."
Despite problems with television broadcasts of the race that stops the nation, the festivities pulled in record crowds, with most leaving satisfied as the day's racing drew to a close.
"We're looking at a record crowd. We haven't counted up much of the gates yet, but we're looking at 7000, and the alcohol sales will be about on track for that," Mr Quintner said.
"The atmosphere is great, we've got so many marquees and all the lovely people everywhere who have really put an effort in for this day. It's always a great day out here."
Now in his fourth year of helping organise the Melbourne Cup festivities in Murwillumbah, Mr Quintner said every time is different because the event is growing at such a rapid rate with new and improved facilities needed each year.
"This is the biggest day every year by far. It's just fantastic," he said. "Every year we just have to keep expanding the services so that everyone can have a bet and have a drink."
With a reported 19 pallets holding countless cases of beer delivered to the club, the Murwillumbah racecourse never looked in danger of running dry.