Fun and fashion at M'bah races
NEARLY 3000 members of the fun-loving racing crowd packed into picturesque Murwillumbah racecourse yesterday for the annual Melbourne Cup day meeting.
Dark clouds blocked out the sun in the morning, but come race time the skies had cleared to a warm, sunny day.
That allowed the guys and dolls to don their finery and join in all the fun.
And what fun!
There was something for everyone at the Tweed River Jockey Club.
Six local races on which to have a flutter as well as all the racing from Royal Flemington, which hosted the running of the race that stops a nation.
The bookies and tote operators were flat-out for nearly six hours as once-a-year and hardened punters put their hard-earned on their selections, both locally and interstate.
Drawing just as big a crowd as the races were the big fields which paraded on the track in front of the winning post for the various Fashions on the Field competitions.
Daily News general manager Geoff Jennings did a terrific job emceeing Fashions on the Field and made sure the crowd participated by asking them to roar their approval for the entrants as they lined up before the judges.
In fact the roars for the Fashions on the Field entrants nearly matched the roars which erupted when the last of the runners in the Melbourne Cup entered the barrier stalls and then when the starter sent the big field on its way.
But there was much more to Melbourne Cup day at Murwillumbah than punting and watching the fashion parades.
Bands played on the lawn area throughout the afternoon and had the folk, young and old, jumpin' and jivin', rockin' and rollin' and towards the end of the day, swayin'.
A day at the races to remember for everyone.