Tweed goes racing
By LUIS FELIU
TWEED River Jockey Club's Melbourne Cup day race meeting today is tipped to draw a record crowd to the picturesque Murwillumbah racecourse.
With another warm day forecast, organisers expect about 6000 people to go through the gates, about 500 more than last year's record.
"Forty-four marquees are going up - there were only 25 last year - so we've got to find a place to fit them all in," club secretary Simon Quintner said.
The club has held the Melbourne Cup raceday meetings for more than 50 years, giving locals a chance to enjoy the atmosphere of the race that stops a nation.
One of the day's highlights is the fashions on the field, with the best-dressed woman, man and couple getting into the spirit of the occasion taking home a Tweed City shopping voucher.
Prizes are also on offer for the best spring hat. Those wanting to take part in the fun should assemble at the parade ground behind the members' lounge at 2.15pm.
Club president Bernie Quinn urged people attending the race day to "do the right thing" if they planned to drink alcohol, and catch one of the many buses available to and from the racecourse. Booze buses will operate throughout the Tweed.
Twelve bookmakers will be fielding on all interstate races and the five local races, the first of which is at 1.40pm.